Visitor Center

Shaw Nature Reserve entrance gate
307 Pinetum Loop Rd. Gray Summit, MO 63039
(314) 577-9555


January 1 - March 7 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 8 - 31 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 1 - August 31 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
September 1 - 30 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 1 - 31 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November 1 - 30 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 1 - 31 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



  • Last entry into Shaw Nature Reserve is 30 minutes prior to posted closing time.
  • Thanksgiving we close at 12 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve we close at 12 p.m.
  • Christmas Day we are closed all day


Everyone is invited to visit Shaw Nature Reserve!  

Visitors may come as individuals, families, with friends or as part of group tour.  No reservations are required except in the case of an organized tour and for those wishing to participate in an education program.

We ask that all visitors stop to pay admission or provide proof of membership at the Visitor Center, located at the entrance.  First time visitors will receive a map of the hiking trails and helpful suggestions. Trail guides and books on natural history and other related topics are available for purchase in the bookstore.

While Shaw Nature Reserve is best seen by foot, there are opportunities for everyone, from the energetic hiker to someone who requires a wheelchair. Learn more about hikes and trails at Shaw Nature Reserve.

The one-mile Pinetum Loop Road is open to cars daily, circling Pinetum Lake and providing easy access to the Whitmire Wildflower Garden and the Bascom House. The three-mile Trail House Loop Road is open to cars daily (unless weather makes it unsafe) and provides easy access to the Trail House, the trails leads to the Meramec River, and our wetland. 

You may contact the Visitor Center by phone at (314) 577-9505 or by email with all inquiries.

Gift Shop and Bookstore


Find the perfect gift for the nature lovers in your life. Our bookstore has a wide selection for every interest and all ages. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Gift Shop and Bookstore

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Members receive a 10 percent discount on books and other merchandise at the visitor center as well as free admission every day and other great benefits.

Become a member today!

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Boardwalk and autumn foliage

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