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 water-park! Johnson’s Shut-Ins is located at 148 Taum Sauk Trail, in Middle Brook, Missouri. For more information, click here.

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.

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.

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.

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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