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A Trip To Johnson’s Shut-Ins Will Make your Summer Complete!

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is one of the most unique state parks in the region. Not only is it an excellent spot for hiking and camping,but its most famous for its epic natural waterpark!

This picture is owned by Matthew Montgomery

During the summer months, the Shut-Ins transforms into a tropical oasis that is perfect for swimming, and even has a natural rock waterslide. Visitors come from miles around to splash, and swim in the cool clear water that this swimming hole is known for.

This Picture is owned by Jeffery Berkbigler

A shut-in is an Ozark term used to describe a river that is confined within a deep narrow channel. There are close to a hundred Shut-ins in and around the St. Francois mountain region of southeast Missouri.

This picture is owned by Lonnie Edgecomb

The Johnson’s Shut-Ins Trail is the most popular hiking trail in the park. This is a 2.5 mile moderately rated loop trail. An off chute from the trail leads you to an observation platform over the clear waters of the Shut-Ins.

Picture is owned by Shella Embree

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is also a great place to camp with both basic and electric sites available. Forgot to pack the tent? The park also has a limited number of camper cabins available for rent. There is even a special use camping area, which is perfect for scout and youth groups, and can accommodate groups up to fifty.

The unique wilderness qualities and geology of Johnson’s Shut-Ins and the neighboring St. Francois mountains make this park a special place to visit. The rugged character provides the perfect backdrop for hiking, camping, exploring, splashing around or just relaxing!

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  1. This place looks amazing, so pretty!

  2. Where is this?

  3. I have been looking for a new place to explore, this looks perfect! How far from st louis is this?

  4. Tbis area must have a lot of parks been here twice and thought i had seen it all, than this! Looks like i will be planning a third trip, this is just to pretty.

  5. I love to go there. It is so beautiful and you can go swimming and playing in the water anywhere around there you want to. I have been there countless times. This, and Roaring River, and Current River and Noel Missouri is my favorite places in Missouri. Also Big Spring. Try it some time. Patricia Wheeldon

  6. LOVE this park!

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