If you find yourself traveling along I-44 between Springfield and Joplin (MO), consider making a day trip to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Wilson’s Creek was actually the first major Civil War battle fought in the West. The battlefield remains preserved and visitors can drive along the historic five mile route.
There are several hiking areas. Visitors who plan on hiking should be prepared with good shoes, bottled water and bug-tick repellant. Oh, and you may find yourself coming face-to-face with deer!
The entrance fee to Wilson’s Creek is $10 per vehicle (or $5 per visitor) and a gate token can be obtained at the Visitor’s Center. The Visitor’s Center also features a film, Civil war collection, library and gift shop.
For more information on this historic stop, visit their website at: http://www.nps.gov/wicr/index.htm