Shut-in Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews
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Shut-in Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Patterson, Missouri that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.3 miles
144 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips






wild flowers



The Shut-ins trail follows the Big Creek wooded flood plain to a popular swimming hole on Big Creek, and continues on to the top of the bluff ending at a stone CCC backpacking camp. This trail immediately begins a steep descent down several steps, leading you across a footbridge and down a second staircase to the floodplain of Big Creek. From there, hikers explore the trail as it follows along the base of Mudlick Mountain. Majestic sweet gums, sycamores and cottonwoods border this scenic stretch of trail. Hikers also travel through areas of rich vegetation, rushing water cascading over dellenite boulders in the spring, and tallus hillsides that harbor the uncommon yellowwood tree. Close to the end of the trail, there is the option of stopping off at the Big Creek shut-ins bluff hole for a swim, turning around for the return trip, or heading up to shelter #1 where Shut-Ins Trail connects to Mudlick Trail. Before beginning your hike or after returning to the lodge area, check out the Big Creek overlook, located behind the dining lodge. A fantastic view of the flowing Big Creek stream passes below the overlook.

1 month ago

Enjoyed the hike very much and would love to go again in the warmer months to cool off in the Big Creek. The paths were well traveled, but we went long stretches without seeing markers to show that you are continuing on the right path. The waterfalls and grottos were a nice pit stop along the way. The markers going up to the first shelter were more frequent, but once the vegetation grows further into the season, they may also be tougher to see. The view is beautiful at the backpackers shelter. We met a group there that was going to camp there over night. The temps dipped into the low 20s! That’s dedication! It’s a must-do Trail if you’re camping at the park and want to get out further and enjoy a nature hike.

5 months ago

Trail starts behind the lodge and heads down near the water. It then heads up the hill in a pretty strenuous hike to the three shelters - it then connects up to the Mudlick trail. Signage is poor throughout the park - this is why I didn’t rate it a 5 star

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Very pretty after a rain. Several water falls.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Excellent trail! Lots of diverse scenery. Saw quite a few natural waterfalls before getting to the shut-ins. Would highly recommend!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Beautiful little hike !!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The view at the top was great. And the access to the creek at the bottom was fun. I don't think the claim to "shut-ins" is legit. They were a disappointment. Once we got to the shelter, we took the Mudlick Trail back to the lodge.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Trail is simple for the area. The shut in's is at the end of the trail as it climbs out of the valley to the first shelter. Most overlook it and end at the river. They miss the best part.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

This is a very easy trail. The scenery is very nice, various flower types along the trail. There were no waterfalls as it has been pretty dry the past few weeks. Once u get back to the river it is gorgeous!! Plenty of room for fishing, swimming and relaxing.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Piedmont is a spectacular area for almost any outdoor activity. Yet, Baker Shut-ins Trail is lacking. It's beautiful in its own right, but it really comes alive during a rainy day when four small waterfalls emerge to give the trail a unique splendor. However, even then I would be less than impressed had I driven very far to the area.

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