Johnson's Shut-ins State Park

Johnson's Shut-ins State Park

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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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Nicci B
Saint Louis, MO3 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We stayed in camper cabin 4. The cabin is equipped with electrical and heating and cooling, but no plumbing, Bathrooms and water pump were about 150 steps downhill. They were well kept. We brought our own linens for the comfortable queen sized bed. All cabins (except 5) have a lovely view of the pond. The frogs were LOUD!

BEWARE: if you choose cabin 4, the stairs to the porch are on the opposite side of the cabin from the fire pit area. This means A LOT of walking around the cabin on REALLY LOUD ROCKS. The sidewalk around the cabin is NOT paved. Cabin 4 is the only cabin like this and is truly a big design flaw.
Written March 31, 2022
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,734 contributions
Oct 2021
The park offices were closed when we visited in October, but a map on the outside of the building provided information about where to go. At the entrance to the park are many huge boulders that were transported to their location by water—floods resulting from an upstream dam break. Pretty impressive demonstration of the power of water. At the end of the road is a large parking area. From there on foot, we followed the excellent wooden boardwalk with its substantial steel railing along a trail to where the river waters are trapped to flow and cascade amongst rocks. That was all good—beautiful and soothing scenery. Our only issue was the signage at that point. Where there appeared to be an almost dead end an extensive and mili-level wooden staircase took off to the right. Where did it go? We climbed it and followed it for some minutes before turning back not knowing to where it led. Also at the “almost dead end” of the walkway was small blue arrow pointing to a barely perceptible path over big rocks. Where did that lead? We have no idea—nor did other visitors there know either. Better signage would be advisable.
Written October 31, 2021
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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,421 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is a really cool place to visit. You are welcome to swim but be careful of the slippery rocks. Parking is fairly close to the stream. They have a nice visitors center with helpful staff. This is definitely worth a visit and bring your swimsuit.
Written September 19, 2021
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Radrev
Winter Park, FL489 contributions
Aug 2021
This was one of our best experiences. We had so much fun traversing the rocks through the water chutes and flows that we decided to change plans to come back another day. It is worth the visit and for a full day.
Written September 7, 2021
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xtalman11
33 contributions
Aug 2021
Looking to spend some time outdoors and with water, then this is for you. We had to go back a second day we enjoyed our time at this place so much. The park is beautiful! It was wiped out by a flood in 2005 so everything is pretty new. Lots of open spaces, picnic areas, the entrance to the pack was free, and lots of parking. We spent nearly all of our time in the water. Plan to bring water shoes, a decent suit, and a change of clothes (they have changing rooms and a gift shop). There is a risk with this fun that you should know about. The shoots, or shut-ins, are rock formations that you navigate. The water can be fast, the rocks can be slippery, and all of that can be dangerous. When you show up you will know what I mean. Is it worth it? Oh, yeah!! Lots of fun taking a different path each time. After the shut-ins there is a deaper section and then after that the cliffs for jumping and swimming. All very marvelous.
Written August 22, 2021
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windsmurfs
Singapore, Singapore126 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Super fun time swimming and exploring the formations whilst we were there. We went as a group of friends and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in the 100 deg heat!
Written July 8, 2021
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Cheesehead608
Madison, WI20 contributions
Jul 2021
Like a small city of stones! So cool! Check out the boulders on your way in to the left of the visitor center and read the sign under the tree by the largest boulder.
Written July 5, 2021
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tmburns
Van Buren, AR6 contributions
May 2021
Make sure that you understand how to get there before you go. The GPS will take you to the wrong place. I did not have a lot of time and would probably have enjoyed it more if I had explored the area more. The area that we entered the shut-ins did not look like the website area with all the rocks. Perhaps we should have hiked further. Still it would be enjoyable with better planning.
Written June 4, 2021
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Cephas
Columbia, MO45 contributions
May 2021
Good views and a nice park. The staff in the store was very friendly. The park was clean, people did a good job of hauling out their own trash.
Written May 24, 2021
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Jim0001MontebelloCA
Los Angeles, CA50 contributions
Mar 2021
I have camped here twice with my Winnebago. The campsite is about 1/4 mile from the Shut-ins. The campgrounds have heated bathrooms and showers that are open year-round: that is a big plus for me since I stay there four nights. Besides the shut-ins, which are beautiful enough, you can visit Pilot Knob and Elephant Rock, which are fairly close. I really enjoy my peaceful stay at the campground at Johnson Shut-ins.
Written March 7, 2021
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