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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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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 3 November 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri
via mobile
Newer buildings, great river

This park is kind of out in the country but worth the trip. Almost new Ranger and display... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
Dennis M
Iowa, United States
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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 good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“black river” (12 reviews)
“rock formations” (14 reviews)
148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middle Brook, MO 63656
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Reviewed 3 November 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

Thank Red-Camper29
Reviewed 1 November 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.

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 15 October 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
Reviewed 12 October 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
Reviewed 23 September 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
Reviewed 17 September 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
Reviewed 9 September 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

Thank Tami H
Reviewed 29 August 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
Reviewed 29 August 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

2  Thank Joanna188
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Beautiful park. Depending on when you go it can be very crowded, though. Playing around in the water is a little dangerous. Make sure to wear water shoes.

Thank A and M
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6 July 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
Lois S
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.
8 June 2017|
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.