This 2,400-acre nature reserve is located in the rolling terrain along the Meramec River, 35 southmiles west of St. Louis. Established by the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1925, the reserve features extensive tracts of tall grass prairie, glades, wetlands, savannas and woodlands. It includes 14 miles of hiking trails.
Closed Christmas day.
I-44, exit 253. Admission: $5; ages 65+ and students, $3; younger than 13 and members, free. There is a special admission charge for some events.