Johnson's Shut-ins State Park
Park Features & Amenities
Pull Through Sites:
Full Hookup Sites:
Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
Utilities & Amenities
Power: 30 Amps
Beautiful and relaxing
One of the best state parks we've visited in Missouri, Johnson's Shut-Ins is surrounded by forests, hiking trails, water, and wildlife. Generous spacing exists between the individual mostly level and concrete paved full hook-up RV sites with fully paved access roads as well. There is no wifi available except at the campground store, and most cellular services are not availalbe; we were able to receive cellular service on the main entrance road and also in the parking lots near the Shut-ins trail. There are no rooftop antenna channels available but satellite service worked very well at our site as well as for other spots in the campground.
The main attraction here is swimming, and be prepared for a rocky experience if you're planning to swim in the river. Bring your water shoes and do be very careful entering and exiting the river. Take some time to hike the trails in the morning before the heat builds up. There are other state parks nearby; Elephant Rocks SP is a great day-trip visit with a short 1 mile hike thru the main quarry area that is very interesting. Taum Sauk Mountain SP is also nearby and includes the highest point in the state. The hiking here is excellent especially the waterfall trail if the falls are flowing.
We stayed here 4 nights in our travel trailer and would visit again.
Beautiful scenery! Cleanest and best kept park I've ever seen. Spots were level, lots of trails & staff were very friendly. Wifi only works in the camp store & no cell service, which was great for the kiddos to have a break from screens!!Access to the water at the Shut-Ins is hard or impossible for those that are disabled or the elderly. For my family & friends that went down in the Shut-ins, they stated it was a fun experience, but it was hard. That they had to save some people from drowning. For my daughter and I, we stayed up toward the shallow, easier part of the river and we were fine. The only bad part was getting in the water since the steps lead to a marble slab that you have to walk down into the water. I definitely would camp there again, but not sure about getting in the Shut-Ins