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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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Full of adventures

We got to the park extremely early to beat the crowds. We scoped out a good rock and left our... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Houston, Texas
via mobile
Weekend Trip

We stayed in one of the camper cabins, cabin #1, which was excellent. It was the cabin closest to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jefferson City, 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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  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middle Brook, MO 63656
+1 573-546-2450
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got to the park extremely early to beat the crowds. We scoped out a good rock and left our shirts and sunscreen there for duration of our time there and no one bothered it. WEAR WATER SHOES, I promise you will not regret it....More

1  Thank mwhitefield921
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in one of the camper cabins, cabin #1, which was excellent. It was the cabin closest to the showerhouse/bathrooms, which were clean and everything worked well. The farthest shower from our cabin (there were 4) did not have good water pressure. The cabin...More

Thank dhartley7411
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I spend the afternoon in the shut-ins. Food and water are not to be brought past the parking lot, and it is about a 1/4 mile hike to the actual shut-ins. It's nice that food isn't supposed to be brought back to...More

1  Thank Becky T
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Johnson Shut Ins. It's beautiful and unique. Our kiddos, ages 10, 11 and 14 had a blast traversing the water and rock formations. We are planning to camp and the state park in July.

1  Thank Guthrie-Five
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This was a great plce to go hiking and just site seeing, Its very well kept and if your adventurous they have some great trails to hike on. Some of the trails are pet friendly but there was one that they did not allow pets...More

2  Thank Marvin G
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We've visited in the summer and in the winter, and this place is an amazing natural wonder! In the summer, bring shoes that can get wet (water shoes or something with grip - not flip flops) and climb around in the shut-ins to cool down....More

Thank savvytravelmom
Reviewed 18 March 2017

An Awesome Park. Its a bit of a drive to get there but worth your time. We were there for about 2 hours. More time would have been nice but this gave us enough time to see it and hike one of the trails. We...More

1  Thank sharon1832016
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I've came here multiple times...usually when there is a ton of people enjoying the water in the summer. But this trip was when a storm was coming and we had the park to ourselves to photograph till we ran out of batteries. One thing is...More

Thank Ryan F
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I love to hike the trails and Johnson's Shut-Ins. I have not visited in the summer, as I enjoy the peace and tranquility of the winter months when there are not many other visitors. The hiking trails have many beautiful views.

Thank Anita K
Reviewed 22 February 2017

My kids and I drove thru Johnson Shut Ins and it looks like a great place to go in the summertime. Its not to far from where we live so we will be back this summer

Thank mamacindysue
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Lois S
What are the options if you have a dog but want to go to the water for an hour?
11 June 2017|
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.
Kristine N
Planning a weekend camping trip to Johnson's shut-ins.. we are an active group and reserved our spot at the walk-in campsites. What things should we absolutely make sure we do/see? How is it for light pollution -- best place to go to see the sky? And if coming from Des Moines, IA - best place to use as a last stop for firewood/food etc? Thank you!
12 May 2017|
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Response from mamacindysue | Reviewed this property |
Hi There is no light pollution at all and you will go thru a town called Potosi Mo and I would stop there to get firewood and supplies it would be cheaper. At the campground they do have a general store and more likely to... More