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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
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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
It's our family tradition to visit, take a picnic aand enjoy the day. We took our kids, then our nieces and nephews now our grandchildren. It's an amazing way to get back to nature. Everyone always has a great time.
The campground cabins are fantastic. We had no cell service, so the WiFi at the camp shop was very helpful in getting us back on the road in the morning. Remember to bring bedding if you do use the cabins! The beds themselves are surprisingly...More
This park is built around mountain scenery and a unique section of the Black River where the stream flows over a falls of right angled rock pieces into a natural swimming hole. There are at least three access points to the river - one leading...More
We're avid hikers and campers but older with unavoidable health changes, so have had to drop down our outdoors activities a notch.
Being retired we have the luxury of visiting parks off-peak (mid-week & avoiding major holidays). We visited Johnson's Shut-Ins August 21-23 2018. The...More
We briefly visited Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park this past weekend and found it very pretty. It is, basically, a shallow river with little spots that allow for safe wading and swimming. The water was SO clear and there was plenty of space for all of...More
I personally would never bring a young child to this place. It’s steep and kinda dangerous and parents can’t carry them around. Go early to avoid the crowds. It’s gorgeous and if you walk as far back as you can there are less people and...More
I thought I was going to a normal beach, so I was shocked to see what this place was like when I arrived. There's a flat area with shallow water for little kids in the closest area, but the area down with the deeper water...More
We visited this past weekend with our young kids. Everyone was helpful and the facilities were clean. The swimming hole areas and falls areas are so much fun to climb around on. We stayed for several hours and didn’t want to leave. We got there...More
No map that I know of but the first exit off the boardwalk is for one of the shallow pools. We always went at 4 pm so didn't have an issue with crowds, also didn't have to worry so much about sunscreen.
Easy access path to get to the shut ins once u get to the actual shut in place it’s a natural state so it’s gonna vary, Even good water shoes it was still slippery we had those.just be very careful... watch everything and... More
Easy access path to get to the shut ins once u get to the actual shut in place it’s a natural state so it’s gonna vary, Even good water shoes it was still slippery we had those.just be very careful... watch everything and explore very carefully. Don’t just jump right away observe other people how deep area before jumping. Place is beautiful. Just b very careful. Have fun.