Visitor Center

Shaw Nature Reserve entrance gate
307 Pinetum Loop Rd. Gray Summit, MO 63039
(636) 451-3512

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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 Trail House Loop Road (three miles) gives access to the Trail House and Wetland parking areas. It is open to cars April through November,  Monday through Thursdays only (and not on holidays).

The Wilderness Wagon departs from the Visitor Center Saturday and Sunday afternoons in May and October (weather permitting) on the hour: 1, 2 and 3 p.m. This is an informative and relaxing way to view what Shaw Nature Reserve has to offer. The Wilderness Wagon is $1 per person.

You may contact the Visitor Center by phone at (636) 451-3512 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. week days, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

Gift Shop and Bookstore

Members Get More


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!

Wagon Tours

Wilderness wagon

The Wilderness Wagon departs from the Visitor Center weekend afternoons in May and October. This is an informative and relaxing way to view what Shaw Nature Reserve has to offer.

 Wilderness Wagon Tours

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Boardwalk and autumn foliage

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