Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is the site of the first major battle of the Civil War fought west of the Mississippi in 1861. It’s an important historical location, beautifully preserved and run by the National Park Service. A 4,9-mile tour road contains eight interpretive stops. And, there are several miles of trails around the battlefield, with some wonderful, open views.
This historic park is also good for running. There is a separate lane along the 4.9 mile paved tour road loop, which makes for a great run. It’s also possible to run on the 4-5 miles of rolling hill trails. It’s a mix of wooded and open terrain. Surface ranges from wider dirt road to narrower wooded trails.