Johnson's Shut-ins State Park, Middle Brook

4.7
#13 of 61 in Nature in Missouri
Johnson's Shut-ins State Park is located in Middle Brook. Use our Middle Brook trip itinerary planner to add Johnson's Shut-ins State Park and other attractions to your Middle Brook vacation plans.
Create an itinerary including Johnson's Shut-ins State Park
map
Johnson's Shut-ins State Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
210 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • 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. ...  more »
  • 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,...  more »
  • Really cool rock formations with an interesting story from the dam break in 2005. Easy access on paved trails. We had a fun time.  more »
Google
  • Quiet campgrounds that are arranged in small loops so that you don't feel like you are camping with hundreds of strangers. Staff was super-friendly from the camp hosts to store employees. The nicest shower/bath houses I have ever seen while camping with individual stalls and showers.
  • Wonderful campground and great fun swimming. Come prepared with reusable water bottles, sunscreen, water shoes and life jackets for young swimmers. Or buy any of those at the shop on site.
  • Terrible experience. My girlfriend and I went to this park hoping to enjoy a nice summer day and an older parking attendant treated us like s*** after entering the wrong entrance. We left feeling very disappointed and irritated.
  • What a beautiful park. The visitors center is fun and informative. It's a great day out. One of the highlights of our vacation!!
  • Please read my tips for visiting the wayer side of the park, I hope you find them helpful! It was our first time there since moving from SoCal and it was not only an cool adventure, but it was a paradise in the middle of nowhere. It blew my mind on how clear and cold the water was and how clean the entire area is in general. What a lovely place to spend the day, but please be aware of the following: ~BRING WATER SHOES OR OLD SNEAKERS. ~The park opens at 10, by accident we were there about 945 am and we were still allowed to go in. Once the two main parking lots are full, they close the gates and only allow cars in as others come out. So come early or be prepared to wait. It's FREE! ~There is a small park store, restrooms and changing rooms near the parking lot and one lone, toilet on the way to the water. ~It is at least a football field's distance of a walk from the parking lot. It is a long and even path, very doable for wheelchairs and scooters but be prepared to walk. ~ There are NO disposable containers, food, coolers allowed near the water. I don't imagine you can stay there all day with your kids and have no food, but many people were going in with just towels and no water or food, maybe they walked all the way back to car when they were hungry? We did take water and sandwiches, but we weren't obvious and of course, we TOOK OUT ALL OUR TRASH. ~Many people brought camp chairs and although it is difficult to get them over the rocks, once you get them down there, you can sit them in water or on the side of the water and just chill. ~As you start down the path, the first place you come to with stairs was where many of the people with kids stopped. There are rocks everywhere but here they are much smaller and the pebbles were easy to walk on. There is a creek here which is fairly shallow and a couple of areas that looked waist deep. ~The second set of stairs is where we went down and where the majority of people headed. This area is very rocky and you have to be careful navigating your way around the rocks. No easy task for us old people, but the young folks had no problem. I have bad knees and a bad ankle, but I made it slowly but surely. ~Walk all the way to the end of wooden sidewalk to get a good overview of the water area. There is a HUGE pool of blue green water that a few people were enjoying but there is no easy way to get down there. You can go through the slippery rocks and mini waterfalls or climb the stairs and go up and around a very long path. Either way, it is not for the weak, scaredy cats or people with bad knees :-) ~BRING SUNSCREEN and an extra t-shirt, there is no shade unless you bring your own. ~There are no LIFEGUARDS, so put life jackets on the little ones if you going in the small pond and definitely if you make it down to the big pond. ~There is NO PHONE SERVICE, so forget trying to call 911 if something happens, someone will have to run all the way back to the ranger station to get help. ~It is a beautiful area with gorgeous water, no trash, and a fantastic place to hang out with your family. Just use your common sense.

Plan your trip to Middle Brook

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Middle Brook

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Middle Brook by other users

59 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Middle Brook BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM TAIWAN August, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans