Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center423159 E 1030 Road
Checotah, OK 74426
Director: Adam Lynn
Park and Trail Hours
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Use of drones over Oklahoma Historical Society property is not permitted without written approval of the facility director.
Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center
The Engagement at Honey Springs was the largest of more than 107 documented hostile encounters in Indian Territory. The engagement took place on a rainy Friday, July 17, 1863, between the First Division Army of the Frontier, commanded by Major General James G. Blunt, and the Confederate Indian Brigade led by Brigadier General Douglas H. Cooper. Cherokee and Creek regiments fought on both sides. There were approximately 9,000 men involved including American Indians, veteran Texas regiments, and the First Kansas Colored Volunteers, which was the first African American regiment in the Union army.
The Honey Springs Battlefield is listed on the National Register of Historic places. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2013.
Visit The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture to find out more about the Battle of Honey Springs.
Visit the Historic Site
The Honey Springs Battlefield site includes more than 1,000 acres. Visitors can enjoy hiking and area wildlife while exploring the history of the Civil War in Indian Territory. Six walking trails with interpretive signs take visitors through the Union bivouac area; Union line of battle; the Texas regiment line of battle, which includes 1/8-mile of the original Texas Road; the battle at the bridge over Elk Creek; the final action; and Honey Springs and the Confederate supply depot. A new Visitor Center now features temporary exhibits about the battle.
A reenactment of the Battle of Honey Springs is held biannually. The multi-day event begins with an Education Day for school groups, followed by weekend activities including presentations about the Civil War era. The battle reenactments are held on Saturday and Sunday. Vistors can tour the reenactors’ camps and browse souvenirs, books, and reproductions of nineteenth-century military equipment and clothing on sutler's row. The next reenactment will take place in November of 2019.
In December of 2018, new temporary exhibits were opened at the Visitor Center. Through artifacts, graphics, and narrative, the exhibits tell the rich history of the Battle of Honey Springs.
Honey Springs Battlefield is located east of US Highway 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville. The new Visitor Center is located approximately one and a half miles east of US Highway 69 off of Gertrude Avenue. The GPS coordinates are 35.523556, -95.485119.