Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Trail

EASY 41 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.

2 days ago

rock climbing
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30 days ago

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

3 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.

3 months ago

hiking
3 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
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

amazing place, great scenery

hiking
4 months ago

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

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8 months ago

Great little hike with plenty to see and enjoy!

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9 months ago

the best place on earth

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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.

rock climbing
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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!