Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park offers camping, a newly constructed visitor center, as well as trails and scenic views. The term “shut-in” refers to a place where the river’s breadth is limited by hard rock that is resistant to erosion. In these shut-ins, the river cascades over and around smooth-worn igneous rock, creating a kind of natural water park that can be used by park visitors when water levels are not dangerously high. The 2 mile Shut-Ins trail provides access to the shut-ins area. Inquire at the park office about the hiking trail. Swimming is allowed in the shut-ins at your own risk.
Directions to Johnson’s Shut-Ins
To reach the park office: from the intersection of Highway 21 and Highway N north of Pilot Knob (Iron Co.) go west nearly 13 miles to the park entrance on the left (south). Follow the signs to the park office.
Middle Brook, MO 63656