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Shaw Nature Reserve Trails is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gray Summit, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 498 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Historic site

Fee

No dogs

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Please note this route is only one of many options to walk on. Shaw Nature Reserve features an extensive trail network with so many different options to choose from. Missouri Botanical Garden members are free or there is a $5 entrance fee. April 1 to August 31 are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and September 1 to March 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Recordings (173)
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Rebecca Wren
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HikingFee

Shade depending on path, brutal heat and humidity beyond the trees. Easy, fairly well marked. Lovely wildflowers and surprising nooks. Next time I’ll likely stay on the interior wooded trails.

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Kelly H.
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Hiking

several handicap accessible trails which are perfect for a stroller, the wildflower trail is short & beautiful! very very nice park! well maintained, lots of benches to rest, nice & clean bathrooms.

Evi P.
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Walking

Well maintained park with lots of trails that are well marked.

Holly Vironda
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Reopening June 16th. You have to reserve a time online. Really nice trails.

Georgia R.
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Closed until further notice

Elizabeth Dougherty
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Hiking

Fairly flat and easy hike. Good for kids.

Maggie Clapp
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David Yorke
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John Wyland
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they have tons of trails a few I was on I would say were easy to moderate rocky muddy in spots but very well maintained lots of deer very pleasant hike I will be back

Claudia McMillin
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Hiking

We hiked 6.3 miles not always on the “trail map”. Lots of different landscapes. Hills,prairies, woodlands and lakes. Only covered about half of the Reserve property. Will come back. A lot of exposed prairie walks so I would not do this in the heat of summer.

Libby K
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Hiking

Very easy very basic trails with nothing that stood out but the sumac plants. Mild rain, it's okay. I would recommend it for someone looking for a non strenuous walk.

Hope Hatfield
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Has a lot of different trail options. A lot of different wild life too, came across 2 poisonous snakes while out there so be careful.

Crystal Bandermann
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So many different lanfscapes in one park! Not just a one day trip. Youll want to come back. I do wish it was free like other parks, but I still go.

Megan Shawgo
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Mark Schmiemeier
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Cody Dames
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Hiking

One of my favorite places to go and experience each season in Missouri. There are plenty of birds and other animals to see while walking, the trails are taken care of and it's usually not crowded.

Tara McSherry
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Relaxing with kiddos

Sue S
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Easy 4 mile hike with great wildflowers, dogwoods and redbuds. Would recommend mid week visit to avoid the crowds and experience the tranquility. Will definitely revisit to see more of this park. The map from the visitor center is well worth it.

Mike C
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Hiking

My second and my fave of three hikes in 3 days. This place is FANTASTIC! A true gem. I spent 3 hours here on a lovely Sunday afternoon and did not even explore half of the place. Check in at the visitor center, pay your $5 and get a trail map. I drove around the loop to get a feel for the location and ended up hiking quite a bit of the Trail House Loop up to the prairie where a nice observation deck is placed in case you want to take in the view and burn one. I then went through the forest picked up the Goddard River Trail and took that up to the bluff overlook which didn't really impress as far as the view, but I double backed to the Trail House loop and took that to the Wetlands which has a boardwalk. There are lots of wildflowers which attract butterflies. I saw numerous rabbits but not the elusive bobcat I was hoping to catch. There is a pre-Civil War family cemetery plot off the Trail House loop as well as a school bus stop from the 30's. The elevation is not too strenuous and you could hike it in comfortable walking shoes as opposed to hiking boots. Traffic was minimal and the location is right off the interstate on Historic Route 66 just down the road from Six Flags. I will visit again. A real asset to the area. Enjoy!

Don T
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The hike down to the gravel bar is very nice. There are also some very nice Woodland trails. Also the wildflower garden is pretty spectacular.otherwise Overall a very nice place to hike.

Beverly Brassfield
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Hiking

Shaw Nature Reserve was my first experience with hiking and I still love coming here. You can make your hike as short or as long and as easy or difficult as you like. For this trip, I put together part of the Brush Creek Trail, Prairie Trail, Wetland Trail and part of the Wolf Run Trail for an approximately 4 mile hike. I highly recommend this location.

Renee Wilmesherr
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My favorite place. Hike all the trails to get different aspects of nature. awesome for kiddos too. Has lake, historic houses, prairie, beautiful tree groves, wildflowers, gardens, wooded trails, ponds, river and glades. It has everything. I wasn't a fan of the bluff view. It was blocked so not much of a view. It's the only thing missing. So many trails that you can pick a long hike or a short one. Love love love this place and I am picky. Go!

Chris Schmich
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Kerri Callahan
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Hiking

Beautiful

Martha Metter
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great trail, just challenging enough for a beginner hiker. pretty well marked, trails are nicely groomed. beautiful scenery!

Cathy Westbury
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Hiking

What a pleasant discovery. Lots of diversity in terms of ecosystems. Mainly on Wildflower and BrushCreek Trail so lots of scenery--then climbed down to the river---worth it! The climb out was rough (steep) but challenging---caught me a few chiggers through a narrow overgrown trail. Will return & figure how to make this into a loop.I

Jeremy Weibrecht
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Pretty scenery. Trails are easy to run. Navigating is a little difficult but I'm sure if u do it more than once would b fun!

Soraia Borges-Heath
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Love it!

John Taylor
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Running

Shaw Bloom 10K Trail Run - great race.

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