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Love this place so much, we married here!

Being a city girl, never knew the beauty in Missouri. The first time I came to Johnson Shut ins was... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
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Excellent Family Stop

Excellent family stop. Just wish we would have brought swim suits for the young kids. Expect to get... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2018
Adam E
Findlay, Ohio
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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
+1 573-546-2450
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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
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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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Reviewed September 17, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 30, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 25, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 10, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Dan K
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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July 21, 2018|
Response from JenG305 | Reviewed this property |
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.
Kirsten D
July 18, 2018|
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Response from kfsvc78 | Reviewed this property |
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
June 24, 2018|
Response from Amy R | Reviewed this property |
We've never camped there but it looked like there were campsites there. I would call to see what they recommend.