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Johnson's Shut-ins State Park

148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middle Brook, MO 63656
+1 573-546-2450
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Wow! Looks Like Summer Time Fun!

Very beautiful park. The rock formations in the river are breathtaking! The boardwalk gives easy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
janie49
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Toledo
Great Camping and Hiking

Recently camped for the first time in this state park. The sites are situated with a lot of trees... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2017
Red-Camper29
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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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 State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middle Brook, MO 63656
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful park. The rock formations in the river are breathtaking! The boardwalk gives easy access to the beautiful scenery. The trail takes 1 hour and forty minutes to complete. I am ready to return in the summer to take a swim at the Shut...More

Thank janie49
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Reviewed November 3, 2017 via mobile

Recently camped for the first time in this state park. The sites are situated with a lot of trees between them for privacy. The pads are concrete. There are several loops with varying accommodations. The bathrooms and shower houses are clean and in good shape....More

1  Thank Red-Camper29
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Reviewed November 1, 2017

This park is kind of out in the country but worth the trip. Almost new Ranger and display buildings, plenty of parking, paved or boardwalk trails to 'shut-ins' aka rapids in a tight gorge. Deep drops, big rocks, rushing water, deep pools, all very interesting.

1  Thank Dennis M
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Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

Really cool rock formations with an interesting story from the dam break in 2005. Easy access on paved trails. We had a fun time.

Thank Thomas M
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

Nice place to visit. We hiked the Shut-Ins Trail. The part of the trail leading to the Shut-Ins was paved or boardwalk and easy to walk. After the Shut-Ins, the path became rocky and steep. Parts of it were overgrown. I would recommend pants and...More

Thank ksmMissouri
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Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful state park that allows swimming in the river. The river runs deep and you can jump off the rocks, a fun experience. I would recommend going during the week to avoid crowds.

Thank Christin C
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Reviewed September 17, 2017

Site of one of the largest man-made disasters a park in the country (when a nearby reservoir burst in 2005 releasing more than a billion gallons of water down the mountainside), Johnson Shut-ins are a good place for water recreation. There is fishing, rocks/boulders to...More

Thank LMOverby
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Reviewed September 9, 2017

Johnson Shut-ins is known for the natural waterpark type area to swim and play in the water. I love the hiking trails as well. On my most recent visit, I went on the Horseshoe Glade Trail, which was 1.5 miles long. It had some hills,...More

1  Thank Tami H
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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

Johnson shut-ins is a summer staple. This year we waited to go on a weekday after some districts were already back in session. Best decision ever. Crowds were nonexistent and we were able to enjoy the area. I'll never go back on a weekend!

Thank Stacey C
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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

We spent 4 nights in the camper cabins in mid August and had a wonderful time-- I had no idea Missouri was so pretty! The shut ins were not as dangerous as I had expected after reading some reviews; my 23 month old had a...More

3  Thank Joanna188
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educate7
July 6, 2017|
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Response from mamacindysue | Reviewed this property |
Hi the closest town is lesterville mo and there are a few sit down restaurants The Wilderness Lodge Resort, Lennys Pizza, and the Lazy River café and the Black river ice cream parlor.About 15 mins away and them there is... More
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Lois S
June 11, 2017|
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Response from Ryan F | Reviewed this property |
I’ve seen people in the upper part with dogs but down by the rapids the current is way too strong.
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June 7, 2017|
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Response from Guthrie-Five | Reviewed this property |
We just returned from our stay at the campground, loop 2. Loop 1 is listed as an Equestrian area, but as we biked several times throughout our stay we never noticed any horses lol. We really liked the campground.
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