Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lesterville, MO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A wheelchair-accessible .30-mile trail leads to an observation platform over the flowing waters of the shut-ins. The trail becomes more difficult, continuing up a stairway. Entering the East Fork Wild Area, Shut-Ins Trail follows natural tread through oak-hickory forest and small glade clearings, eventually returning to the main parking lot. This somewhat loop trail involves some short rocky climbs and a long series of stairs. You may also encounter some water crossings in wet weather. This trail is for day-use hiking only. No pets are allowed on Shut-Ins Trail.
Great little hike with plenty to see and enjoy!
the best place on earth
I always stop by the shut-ins and elephant rock every two years or less. the shut-ins are beautiful! The last time we went it was in April and there was no one there. I recently moved just miles from the park and will be a frequent visitor now.
Amazing! Very beautiful view as well as a fun time.
Make sure to bring a change of clothes and swimming shoes and to be safe!
Beautiful trial with wonderful scenery. Not too difficult but be prepared to get wet and watch out for some slippery rocks.
It was beautiful! Four children and two adults spent four hours on the river crossing and climbing the rocks! :) bring water shoes
Fantastic park! Everything you would want in a backpacking trail. Did the Goggins Mtn to OT to Shut-Ins trail loop. Took about 6 hours. Great scenic overlooks!
Beautiful view of the St. Francois mountains on the horseshoe glade trail. Short hike but worth it!
Nice hike, a bit boring on the 2nd half.
Really neat place with some nice views. The trails are well kept. Has a nice mix of different surfaces and difficulty.
Didn't go here to hike. Mainly went to swim in the shut-ins and my group had a blast. There were plenty of spots to cliff jump and even with the large Sunday crowd we had plenty of space for ourselves. Be sure to wear some type of water shoes as the rocks are very sharp and slick. Had to give it 4-stars though because I only give 5-stars to truly exceptional hikes and this just wasn't a long enough hike considering that the whole trail was about 2.5 miles. If you are like me, you might enjoy this hike a little more if you started at Taum Sauk Mountain SP and hiked all the way to the Shut-Ins. I'm hoping to do that in the future. Overall, this place is a ton of fun especially on a hot summer day. It is a must do for the family.
Hiked this trail on a June morning. It began raining during the hike and made the trail very slippery. Overall though it was very enjoyable with amazing views.
Nice little trail, more strenuous than you'd expect based on the first paved section but not difficult. I definitely agree that hiking counter clockwise to get to the river at the end would be perfect, but the end of the trail would be difficult to spot from the path if you've never hiked it before.
Nice short trail. It includes exactly what you want to see, which is the beautiful views of the shut-ins and river. We went as part of a group of 8, and all of us enjoyed the experience. Only change I would have made would be to have hiked CCW and explored the shut-ins at the end of the hike rather than the beginning.
Probably my favorite trail thus far in Missouri. I went after a week of hard rain and the Shut-Ins were rockin'. Make sure you go in a counter-clockwise direction though! If you start with the shut-ins (at the end if going CCW, at the beginning if going CW) then the rest of the trail will seem dull. However, I really enjoyed the non-shut-ins section of the trail. The water here is very turquoise and beautiful. If I was rating most trails a 2.5 this one would get slightly above that. I will likely return in the summer and do some swimming