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This place is amazing. The campground is very clean and well kept. The campsites are spaced nicely... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ozark, Missouri
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Great interactive museum, day park, rv park and general area.

Off the beaten path but worth the drive. Elephant Rocks near by. The shuts ins are really something... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins...more
148 Taum Sauk Trl, Middle Brook, MO 63656-7638
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is amazing. The campground is very clean and well kept. The campsites are spaced nicely for privacy. The store had great prices. The only negative was the dump station. One water thing had no handle to turn on and the other station the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Off the beaten path but worth the drive. Elephant Rocks near by. The shuts ins are really something one must see. The interactive museum and day park has access to the river with plaques of local flora and fauna. Stone work in the pavilion s...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So impressed with the cleanliness and how well kept the park is. Nice little store and changing rooms. Very nice walkway to the shut ins. Make sure you bring water shoes. Be careful in the deep spots but enjoy this wonderful natural beauty.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Travelwithfred
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice trail is available to walk to view the shut-ins. But to get to the "real fun" it was more of a walk that I can handle. Looks like a lot of fun for families with children.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

This place is stunning. It's not at all what I expected. We are going back once it gets warmer. Nice walk, beautiful water and surrounding scenery. What I would like people to know is that the campground is quite a distance from the actual shut...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank RNLT
Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

Great place to climb on rocks and swim in small pools of water! Beautiful sight! Will be going back. Can’t take pets. Lots of people were there. It’s a big area for kids to climb around. I would wear water shoes

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Papooga4
Reviewed March 11, 2019

The main feature of this park is the unique rock formations in the river rapids. There is a good paved trail to this area. There are several other trails around the park. In summer, kids can swim in the river.

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank Mizzou_Engineer
Reviewed February 4, 2019

Great place to visit during the summer for swimming and hanging out in the water. Anytime is good for hiking, picnicking and visiting the park.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mike93c
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Being a city girl, never knew the beauty in Missouri. The first time I came to Johnson Shut ins was Thanksgiving 2015. It was breathtaking. The sound of the water is so peaceful during the fall and winter. Started coming during the summer as well....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Venture21126696856
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Excellent family stop. Just wish we would have brought swim suits for the young kids. Expect to get wet going to the shut ins.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Angi M
May 14, 2019|
Response from Mike93c | Reviewed this property |
To be honest, I’m not sure that dogs are allowed at this park. I don’t remember seeing any here on any of my visits. I could be mistaken. Best bet is to call the park directly. Sorry I couldn’t be more precise on your... More
Erika E
May 2, 2019|
Response from Mike93c | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Walking will be no problem. Short walk to the shut-ins, longer hikes on trails if you choose to do so.
March 9, 2019|
Response from Mike93c | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure, but I’m going to say it will definitely be chilly, cold water. Swimmable, sure!