Bee Tree Park

2701 Finestown Road


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.

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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 1/18/18 8:50 a.m.)

* Belle West will be closed to vehicular traffic due to a water main break in the area. We are unsure of a time frame for reopening at this time

* The lake and all boat ramps at Creve Couer Park will be closed to all activities starting 1/23 - 2/11 as part of the Asian Carp removal project.

The trail at the boat ramp, as well the entire parking lot at the Sailboat Cove will be also be closed for the duration of the project. Large portions of the trail will still be available, but it will no longer be able to circumvent the lake.

The timeline may change due to weather. For your safety, please adhere to all postings while at the park.

*Riverside trail at Simpson is open, however there is a 50 ft. section at the eastern end that had to be re-routed.  The footing is sand and dirt. Users should be cautious of sand smears across the trail after rain events.

* Unger Park roads are open to the Riverside Trail Parking lot, however, the Riverside Trail remains closed beyond this parking lot

* Sherman Beach and Al Foster Trails are passable but have areas with sand and debris on them.

* The Bottomland Trail along Grant's Trail was severely damaged during periods of heavy rain. For safety reasons, this short trail has been closed. Plans are being developed to relocate the trail away from Gravois Creek.

* The east side of Cliff Cave Road including the field, River Bluff Trail and Spring Valley Trail are closed at Cliff Cave Park for construction.




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