When I was in high school in U. City, MO my friends and siblings would always rave about this place. But for some unknown reason, I never went. It took my 40th high school reunion and a desire to take the back roads back home to Oklahoma that made me finally visit (and swim) at the shut-ins!! Now, we went on a Monday, so it wasn't overly crowded (weekends or holidays would be). Yes, there are kids ignoring tbe signs and jumping off the cliffs. Yes, there are lots of rules (like no food or drink, because they don't want litter). No dogs. Parking is not close, but it's not a horrific walk. Bring water shoes and plastic water bottles for your drinks. A backpack would have been handy, but I had a large purse we just made sure to keep above the water as we made our way to the beach we wanted (involved crossing pools, climbing down rocks and river) but it was FUN! There are spots closer to parking where small kids can wade without having to clamber around the rocks. If you've got a lot of small kids to wrangle, this might not be the place for you... But then again, it just might! Also, saw some kids wearing ski vests. I thought that was a smart idea, as some of the rocky pools could get quite deep. Would I go back? Absolutely! Want to take my daughters and granddaughters!! Carry on the tradition... Plan on spending an entire day, maybe two.