Parks COVID-19 Message

Status of St. Louis County Parks as of June 15, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. is the following:

Parks: Open

Trails: Open

Park Restrooms: Open

Campgrounds: Open

Sport Courts: Open

Playgrounds: Closed

Spraygrounds: Closed

Trail Exercise Stations: Closed

Picnic Shelters and Sites: Open at reduced capacity. Online reservations are not available. Call us at (314) 615-4FUN to reserve.

Special Events: Canceled thru at least Sunday, June 28th

Day Camps: Started Monday, June 8th

Programs: Started with modifications -- check the updated Activity Guide

Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex: Open

Recreation Centers: Open

Museums: Reopening Wednesday, June 17th

Kennedy Recreation Complex Pool: Closed due to mechanical issues. A timeline for reopening is TBD

North County Recreation Complex Aquatic Center: Opening June 20th

St. Vincent Community Center Aquatic Center: Opening June 27th

The Pavilion at Lemay Aquatic Center: Opening June 24th

As programs and facilities re-open, social distancing is still required and capacities are likely to be reduced per Department of Public Health Re-Opening Guidelines.

Bee Tree Park

2701 Finestown Avenue


Park Hours
8:00 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset

General Information / Park History

The land that is now Bee Tree County Park was previously owned by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company founder, Eugene Nims. In 1929, Nims hired the foremost St. Louis architectural firm at the time, Maritz & Young to design the mansion that was used as a weekend retreat. He and his wife, Lotawana Flateau called the 192-acre estate “Bee Tree Farm.” It was also Nims who established the extensive gardens that are a favorite feature of visitors to Bee Tree Park. 

When the Nims mansion went on the market, Lindell Gordon, a St. Louis businessman and trust officer for The Mississippi Valley Trust Company, approached Walston Chubb to help him raise the funds to purchase the land. Chubb was not only a noted St. Louis attorney but was also a leader in preserving open space in the metropolitan area and was founder of the St. Louis Area Open Space Council, a voluntary citizen’s organization. Together the men raised $197,000 through the Open Space Foundation and along with matching funds from the federal government, they were able to purchase the land and give it to St. Louis County for use as a park. The park was opened to the public in fall of 1973 and was dedicated in April 1974.

Click here for more history on Bee Tree Park.

Features & Amenities
 + Nims Mansion (listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 10.02.17)
 + 10-acre lake that overlooks the Mississippi River and is stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation

 + Playground
 + Five trails
 + Picnic sites
 + Year-Round Restroom (Frisbee Shelter)
 + Wedding sites
 + Reservable Shelters

 + Frisbee Shelter
 + Lower Shelter

View Park Events

Park Postings:

(As of 6/30/20 2:00 p.m.)


Grant’s Trail will be closed July 7 & 8 at the Dillman Bridge just south of the Mysun Trailhead for asphalt repairs.

The Kennedy Recreation Complex Pool is closed due to mechanical issues. A timeline for reopening is TBD.

Portions of the River Trail at Simpson Park are closed due to flooding.

The 5 mile loop at Cliff Cave is closed due to flooding. The 1 mile loop is still open.


The Sioux Passage boat ramp is closed indefinitely.


Reservable Shelters | Photo Galleries



Bee Tree Amenities