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The Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob was fought here when Confederate troops attacked the earthen fort Sept. 26-27, 1864. More than 1,000 men were killed or wounded in the fierce fighting. The battle ended with the defeat of the Confederate forces. The fort is preserved at the site. Exhibits and a video in the visitor center tell the story. Picnicking is available.
Grounds open sunrise to sunset.
For travelers with disabilities: the Visitor Center is fully ADA compliant; however, some outside features are only partially wheelchair accessible.
At this park, giant, billion-year-old granite boulders stand end-to-end, like a train of red circus elephants. Spend some time reading the names and comments carved into the red granite by 19th century miners who worked in the area.
A self-guiding trail (with Braille signage) winds among these geologic wonders and takes you past what remains of the long-dead mining operation.
Picnic sites and flush restrooms are available.
The park is off of Route 21, four miles north of Pilot Knob.
At an elevation of 1,772 feet, this is the highest point in Missouri. The state's highest wet-weather waterfall, Mina Sauk Falls, is a highlight of this scenic rugged park. Primitive camping, hiking and backpacking trails, an accessible overlook and picnicking are offered. The park is located off Route 21, nine miles southwest of Ironton on Route CC.
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