Sunday, May 20, 2012

Johnson's Shut Ins State Park

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.


  1. So happy to see you are getting to go camping.
    Dudley looks to be having fun in the water.
    Hope you get to go often this year.

  2. It has been many years since we have been to the Shut Ins. I understand they have changed a lot. When we were there, kids were jumping into the waters off the rocks without looking what or who was below them. Our youngest about drowned that day! Still, I'd like to go back. It is a beautiful area.

  3. Can you believe that I've not been to the Johnson Shut-ins! We've talked about going, but somehow always end up in the Branson area. It looks like a nice and relaxing spot for camping. The weather has been great for camping, too!