The last time I was at this park, was 1986. A lot has changed as well as I have. I'm a little older and a lot thicker. The park was much nicer than I recalled. The shower houses were nice and plenty of well maintained trails to walk. I think, this is the prettiest MO State Park, I've camped in so far. It was really clean. Our site was very nice. The camp hosts were very kind and helpful. I really enjoyed it there. We had a creek right behind our campsite. I wish we could have stayed a few more days. On the down side, there is no easy way to get there. The hwy's are curvy and narrow in spots. We had a few moments that were scary. But I really enjoyed our trip to Johnson's Shut Ins State Park.
We didn't actually go to the Shut Ins. Dogs are not only, not allowed in the Shut Ins, but even on the trail to get to the shut ins. So we just enjoyed the black river as pictured above. The water was cool and clear. We had a really nice time in the river as well as the creek, pictured below, that was behind our campsite.