We really love Johnson's Shut-Ins and we go a couple times a year. Even when there are a lot of people it's not too crowded because there's so much space. We are a family of 6 with four kids ages 7, 5, 3, and 18 months. We like to start on one end and work our way down the river, relaxing when we get to the end in the calm water. We take lots of breaks to sit in a rapid and slide down the rocks. It's not too hard to navigate through, I think almost anyone can do it. We see people of all ages. Obviously, our youngest can't do it himself, so I just wear him in a carrier while we hike over the jagged rocks. The other kids can do it most of the way with a little bit of help. Some advice: Don't wear flip flops! We made that mistake our first time. :) You're definitely going to need some kind of water shoes, the heavier duty the better. Keens are great. They sell water shoes at the entrance of the trail to get to the river for about $10 but they're really cheaply made and not very durable. Also, don't bring a lot of stuff down to the river with you because you're going to have to carry everything and it's really inconvenient. They won't let you bring disposable bottles of any kind either. So we like to bring one small backpack with a couple refillable bottles of water and anything we want to keep dry (Sunscreen, towels, etc.) in Zip-Lock bags inside our backpack because the bag WILL get wet. ;) This is a wonderful place to come with a family, friends, or alone. It is easy to enjoy nature around you while you're here and we always feel rejuvenated when we leave.
If you own or manage Johnson's Shut-ins State Park, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.