Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Trail

EASY 48 reviews

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lesterville, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
442 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 day ago

Was very nice! Some areas were overgrown a little. We started at the shut-in and walk down by the river. I did slip on a wet rock and ended up wet from waist down. My wife just laughed at me.

hiking
4 days ago

This place is the most amazing place I have ever been in Missouri. A must see.

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1 month ago

Best short hike I've done. Great if you like elevations. Go counter clockwise. Fairly rocky so would recommend hiking shoes not Sandals. Shut-ins at the end to cool down. Not sure I would classify this as easy - especially in 90F ☀️

1 month ago

rock climbing
2 months ago

2 months ago

would not classify as "Easy" if you are hiking the entire trail.

4 months ago

Went in Nov 2015. It was my first time and had no idea what to expect. We were the only ones there and it was so breathtaking I teared up. It was one of the first times I really had the chance to see something so beautiful (being a city girl) and since then I vowed to get out into nature as much as I can and see new things. The winter silence of the water is so tranquil. Visited again during summer and it was packed and crowded so left a bit early. I love my hiking during the off times as you could say and this is one of the places that it is perfect for.

4 months ago

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5 months ago

Did this trail a few times many years ago with family and with scouts. Great area for summer fun among the cascading rocks.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy trail with combination of river and bluff views. Well marked, hiked in the rain, no issues with mud.

6 months ago

amazing place, great scenery

hiking
6 months ago

LOVE THIS PLACE !!!
If you haven't been start making plans.
One of the neatest places in the whole state.

6 months ago

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