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Johnson's Shut-ins State Park, Middle Brook

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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • This was my first time to the park in 30 years. We stayed the last weekend of October at one of the Basic sites. The site was spacious and well kept. There was an interesting piece of Star Wars-themed community theater held on Saturday night that gave the park employees a chance to have some fun, and we were definitely glad to catch it. It's apparently been their 22 year tradition on the last weekend of the camping season. We hiked the 10 mile Goggins trail and enjoyed the scenery and effort. The new Visitor's Center had a few neat displays that would surely entertain and educate the kids. It was relaxing to sit with our feet in the river and to watch people slide down the rocks.
  • Ameren did a great job rebuilding this park that they tried to destroy when their crazy water reservoir broke and washed the old park away. The Shut-Ins are freaking awesome. The campgrounds are pretty great too. Great Equine trails and campsites that are grossly underutilized. Take your horses here the campsites are huge and awesome for the horse riders.
  • Truly a treasure of the Show Me state. Located near Taum Sauk, Missouri's highest point, this constriction in one of the forks of the crystal clear black river is very family friendly. Campsites nearby.
  • This is a beautiful park and wonderful to visit for a cool down in mid summer. However also a great park to hike and camp or travel the equestrian trials. The restoration after the levee break has been amazing, many thanks to those who have put in the work to bring this area as close back to its previous state.
  • Fabulous infrastructure: boardwalk, etc., for getting to the shut-ins. Bizarre place to see; I couldn't have imagined it if I hadn't seen it myself. People are climbing all over the rocks and in the waterfalls of this remarkable state park.