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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 day trip

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Johnson Shut Ins. It's beautiful and unique. Our... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
via mobile
Awesome Park

This was a great plce to go hiking and just site seeing, Its very well kept and if your adventurous... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Marvin G
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148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middle Brook, MO 63656
+1 573-546-2450
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Guthrie-Five
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  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

Thank sharon1832016
Reviewed 16 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 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

Thank mamacindysue
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...More

Thank jblood63
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...More

2  Thank Miguel A
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.

1  Thank gold-vintner
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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
Rose P
Are we able to get Verizon Internet at the campground?
7 April 2017|
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Response from Miguel A | Reviewed this property |
I am a Verizon user and I had 3G coverage, but no more than 2 bars.
Danny H
Does anyone know if it's open after labor day during the week?
8 September 2016|
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Response from superllamamama | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's open and no crowds then!