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#7 of 689 state parks in Missouri

Best trails in Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

The redeveloped Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park provides many of the key features visitors enjoyed in the past and several new features for today's visitors. The shut-ins area of the park is once again open for swimming and splashing. A new boardwalk provides easy access to the shut-ins for viewing or swimming. Visitors can also access the East Fork of the Black River at various locations throughout the park for swimming, wading or fishing. At the north picnic area, there is easy access to the river and a gravel bar. Pets, food and disposable containers are not allowed on the trail to the shut-ins. Johnson's Shut-Ins Campground, in the Goggins Mountain area of the park, opened for use April 30, 2010. The new campground includes basic, electric, sewer/electric/water, equestrian and walk-in campsites plus camper cabins. A campground store is conveniently located for those forgotten necessities and offers free WiFi. The Black River Center, built in the day-use area of the park, opened May 22, 2010. The center features interpretive exhibits, meeting rooms and a small retail area. The southern area of the park containing the shut-ins is considered a limited access area. The parking area to access the shut-ins has a 100-car capacity for its day-use customers. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the parking lot normally reaches capacity by 10 a.m. so plan to arrive early. The northern part of the day-use area remains available even when the shut-ins parking area has filled to capacity.

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Map of trails in Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
Park information
Acreage:
8,549 acres
Park hours
Monday
5:50 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:50 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:50 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:50 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:50 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:50 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
5:50 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
573-546-2450
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Top trails (4)
#1 - Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Trail
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m
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 WildShow more
#2 - Scour Trail
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Scour Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lesterville, Missouri that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking Show more
#3 - Goggins Mountain Trail
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
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Length: 17.6 mi • Est. 8 h 26 m
This loop trail passes through the Goggins Mountain Wild Area 5,000 acres of oak-hickory forest wilderness, a critical habitat for many songbirds and other animals. Free of roads, powerlines and otheShow more
#4 - Horseshoe Glade Trail
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 54 m
Horseshoe Glade Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Middle Brook, Missouri that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hShow more