Oct 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
Shaw Nature Reserve
Shaw Nature Reserve is in Gray Summit off of I-44 at exit # 253, 22 miles west of the I-44/I-270 interchange and just two exits west of Six Flags (Allenton/Eureka). From westbound I44, take exit #253, turn left, crossing over I-44. Turn right at the intersection (at the Phillips 66) and go 50 yards to the large iron gates on the left side of the road. We will meet at the visitor center.
The Nature Reserve charges an entry fee of $3 for non-members.
SNR Website: Shaw Nature Reserve
Restrictions - Your cooperation will help maintain this area for all to enjoy:
No pets are permitted on the grounds.
No collecting is permitted. Do not pick wildflowers, pine cones, etc.
Bicycles permitted on service roads only.
No fires, smoking, or alcoholic beverages.
Picnicking is allowed at the designated table areas only.
No hunting, fishing, or swimming.
Please stay on trails.
What to bring:
- WATER – THIS IS IMPORTANT ALL YEAR LONG AND ESPECIALLY IN THE WARMER MONTHS. WE WILL USUALLY BE OUT FOR AT LEAST 1 ½ HOURS AND THAT IS TOO LONG TO GO WITHOUT REPLENISHING THE LIQUIDS THAT YOU WILL BE BURNING WHILE WALKING. – I AVOID DRINKING CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES BEFORE WALKING. THE ARE A LOT OF GOOD ARTICLES ABOUT “effects of caffeine and exercise” ON THE INTERNET OR ASK YOU DOCTOR.
- Dress in layers (not sure what the weather will do). The top couple of layers should be easily unbuttoned or unzipped to allow easy ventilation. Wear a hat.
- I recommend broken in hiking shoes over Tennis shoes. A lot of the trails are over loose gravel and dirt and the treads on the hiking boots work much better.
- Snacks – EAT LIGHTLY BEFORE THE WALK AND BRING A POWER BAR OR SNACK TO MUNCH ON DURING THE WALK.
Meetup Donation: Meetup charges $72 every six months to have the Walking site. If you would like to donate $1 at some of the walks, it will be appreciated.