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Wilson's Creek Looking Into Increasing Fees


The entrance fee at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield hasn’t changed in eight years.  Now, the park is looking into raising the fees, and it wants the public’s input.

The current park entrance fees are $5 per adult, $10 per family or vehicle and $20 for an annual park pass.  The proposed fees are $7 per adult, $15 per family or vehicle and $30 for an annual pass.

A new motorcycle entrance fee of $10 is being proposed, too, along with a new equestrian fee of $4 per horse/per day.  The equestrian fee would be used for trail maintenance.

According to a news release from the battlefield, those rates “are consistent with the National Park Service’s pricing model for historic sites, including battlefield parks.  An entrance fee is valid for seven days.

As part of the fee change proposal, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and Pea Ridge National Military Park in northwest Arkansas would accept each other’s adult and vehicle entrance permits.

Entrance fees are not charged to anyone under 16 or holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Inter-Agency Senior, Access or Military Passes.  Those passes are available at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield’s visitor center.

You can comment on the proposed increases by clicking here, by emailing or by calling 732-2662.