Fall Foliage at Shaw Nature Reserve

Shaw Nature Reserve is one of the best places in the St. Louis region to experience fall, as seemingly endless acres of tree canopies change from deep greens to luscious red, orange, and yellow hues.


There are several ways to enjoy the splendor of the season at the Reserve.

14 miles of hiking trails weave through the fields and hillsides of the Nature Reserve’s 2,400 acres, offering fall spectators ample opportunities for quiet walks among the changing foliage. If you prefer a more mobile experience, travel the Reserve’s 3-mile loop road in your vehicle and take in orange bald cypress needles at Pinetum Lake, yellow pawpaw leaves along Brush Creek, and a whole spectrum of orange, yellow, and scarlet from sugar maples, sassafras and hickories.

When you visit, you may want to bring your camera and capture the breathtaking views to revisit throughout the year. Pick up a few tricks for photographing nature scenes at one of the Reserve’s upcoming photography classes.

Inspired by what you see? Fall is also a great time to consider adding some Missouri native trees to your own landscape. Your planting efforts this fall will be rewarded with beautiful autumnal accents for years to come.

John Dedeke
Senior Digital Media Editor



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