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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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Beautiful park

Really cool rock formations with an interesting story from the dam break in 2005. Easy access on... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Thomas M
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Nice place to visit

Nice place to visit. We hiked the Shut-Ins Trail. The part of the trail leading to the Shut-Ins... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ksmMissouri
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“black river” (12 reviews)
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148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middle Brook, MO 63656
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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 6 days ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 10 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

1  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
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Definitely worth the drive and hike. The rock formations in the river were beautiful. If you want to bring water, it must be in a non-disposable container, and sturdy water shoes are a must if you plan to get in the shut-ins.

Thank renniej518
Reviewed 30 July 2017

If you like being in or around water, hiking, etc. this is a great place to visit. It is also a very interesting place to just view and relax, and very popular, especially in the summer, of course. Children should be watched closely as you...More

Thank randyetter
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educate7
7 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
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Lois S
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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.
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shellimassetto
8 June 2017|
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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.
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