Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site

Park Information

As of Friday, June 5, 2020, the Battle of Pilot Knob Museum is open for the public with recommended safety precautions and social distancing measures in place. Hours of operation include 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tours will be self-guided with a maximum occupancy of 20 visitors at a time. For more information on the health and safety measures in place, visit

Today, the Arcadia Valley in Iron County is a peaceful setting in one of Missouri’s most scenic areas. But in September 1864, the valley was the scene of one of the largest and most hard-fought battles waged on the state’s soil—the Battle of Pilot Knob. During the battle, Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price led an army of 8,000 men against the Union post of Fort Davidson at Pilot Knob.

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site preserves Fort Davidson and the battlefield where so many Confederate and Union soldiers lost their lives. A visitor center and museum interprets the conflict with exhibits, audiovisual presentations and a fiber optics diorama of the battle. The site’s playground, picnic area and hiking trail provide relaxing ways to spend the afternoon.

Park Hours

Historic Site Grounds:

Sunrise to sunset, year-round

Visitor Center hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April 16 through Nov. 30
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day)
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    Dec. 1 through April 15
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day).

Free tours are offered during these times.

Historic Site Office hours

Summer Hours (on-season)

  • April 16 through Nov. 30
    8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    Closed Thanksgiving Day

Winter Hours (off-season)

  • Dec. 1 -through April 15
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
    Closed Christmas and New Year’s days