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Johnson's Shut-ins State Park

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Address: 148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middle Brook, MO 63656
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+1 573-546-2450

Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through...

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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Unique spot that's great year-round!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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. In the winter, hike the many trails around and see gorgeous views of the Missouri... More 

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 were there in March so there was not much for green but still very beautiful.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 if your going to climb across the rocks with camera equipment be very careful. The... More 

Thank Ryan F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
De Soto, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Beautiful access to the shut-ins of the Black River. Extensive history in the area and described in their visitor center. Different areas as suited for different age groups and levels of adventure. It is free of cost, but only a limited number are allowed in at one time. Great areas for a picnic and hiking.

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Wentzville, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I was there to photography the Shut Ins..The power of the Black River started carving it's path on Johnson’s shut-ins millions of years ago when the igneous rocks here, pink granites and blue-gray rhyolites, were formed from volcanic activity. This was my first time at Johnson's Shut-In. There are hiking trails both used by people and accessible via horseback riding.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Really nice Missouri State Park...can spend a few hours or you could spend the whole day. Probably would want to coordinate this park with the Elephant Rocks State Park.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

A calm and serene place to spend an afternoon. Great sceneries. Good place for trails and hike. No food outlets.

Thank Karthik R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This is a great place to go in the summer with the kids. Need to have some water shoes, and be ready to climb and get wet. This can be an entire day trip or a weekend camping trip, there are good campgrounds close.

Thank Jamie L

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