Explore the Johnson Shut-Ins

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Distance

0.6 miles

Elevation Gain

25 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Jon King

Whether you'd like to swim, hike, scramble or simply view the spectacular scenery, the Johnson Shut-Ins is an excellent choice for your next adventure!

The Shut-Ins Trailhead is located located next to the River Store in the Johnson Shut-Ins State Park day use area.  

Simply follow the paved trail for 0.3 miles to the boardwalk and viewing deck.  Here you’ll find stairs accessing the Shut-Ins.   Take your time exploring the unique rock formations spreading across the Black River.  The trail to the observation deck is family friendly and handicap accessible.

The Johnson Shut-Ins can be enjoyed in any season.  It’s a popular swimming hole spot in the summer and an excellent place to view fall foliage in late October/early November.  

The area is swim-at-your-own-risk.  Make sure to bring life-jackets for kids.  Use extreme caution in the high-water season.  The park does provide a flash-flood siren warning in the case of an emergency.  

Extend your hike by following the rocky trail just past the observation deck.  The trail follows along the bluff line overlooking the Black River eventually loops back to the parking lot creating a 2.25 mile loop.

Otherwise, simply retrace your steps from the boardwalk.

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Chillin
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Swimming
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

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A natural water park

Bring the whole family and enjoy this natural water park. Camping and other hiking is nearby. It’s a great place to cool off in the summer.

Rocky/Hilly Trails For MO

Very rocky terrain. The drop offs to the stream are beautiful and make for good jumping in the summer and high vantage points for fall colors. The trails are well-maintained. Worth a 2 hour drive

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4.5/5

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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