Johnson Shut-Ins State Park
When thinking about scenic places to visit in the United States, one would not typically think of the Midwest states. But in Southeast Missouri, there are many amazing state parks that are enough for every adventure enthusiast to fall for. When we visited the Johnson Shut-Ins, we immediately in love with the natural beauty that surrounded us. The rushing water is refreshing on a hot, summer day, and tranquil to look at as the temperatures drop in the fall or just begin to warm up in the spring.
Johnson Shut-Ins Trail
We enjoy hiking and opted to trek on the Johnson Shut-Ins Trail because it was of moderate difficulty and gave us easy access to the Shut-Ins. The Johnson Shut-Ins Trail is about 2.25 miles round trip and offers many scenic spots to stop along the way. Halfway through the hike, you will come along to a beautiful waterfall that you can stop and rest at before you continue on.
The Campgrounds at Johnson Shut-Ins
Johnson Shut-Ins offers a variety of camping sites from walk-in, basic, electric, sewer/water/electric, and equestrian electric/water campsites. All sites are reservable on a first come, first serve basis so it’s best to book early and for weekend reservations it is mandatory to book two nights. All campsites feature have close by shower houses and there is even a campground store located in the center of camping area for ease of access.
Camping Fees: $13 (April-October), $12 (November-March)
Camping Fees: $23 (April-October), $21 (November-March)
Camping Fees: $25 (April-October), $21 (November-March)
Camping Fees: $28 (April-October), $24 (November-March)
We really enjoyed the rustic and rugged aspects of this trail along with water features that kept us searching for the next view. Johnson Shut-Ins State Park is also the place to enjoy swimming, hiking, camping and much more! While we mainly went for the sights and hiking there are many other activities at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park for any adventure you might be looking for!
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