Johnson Shut-Ins State Park

When thinking about scenic places, one would not typically think of the midwest states. But in Southeast Missouri, there are many amazing state parks that are enough for every adventure enthusiast to fall for. When we visited the Johnson Shut-Ins, we immediately in love with the natural beauty that surrounded us. The rushing water is refreshing on a hot, summer day, and tranquil to look at as the temperatures drop in the fall or just begin to warm up in the spring.



We enjoy hiking and opted to trek on the Johnson Shut-Ins Trail because it was of moderate difficulty and gave us easy access to the Shut-Ins. About halfway through the hike, you will come along to a beautiful waterfall that you can stop and rest at before you continue on.


We really enjoyed the rustic and rugged aspects of this trail along with water features that kept us searching for the next view. Johnson Shut-Ins State Park is also the place to enjoy swimming, hiking, camping and much more!

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While we mainly went for the sights and hiking there are many other activities at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park for any adventure you might be looking for! 

What are some of your favorite local or state parks?




Be amazed by the beauty at Missouri's Johnson Shut-Ins State Park. It's the perfect midwest getaway for camping, hiking, swimming and more!

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  • Kavey at Kavey Eats
    January 14, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Oh what gorgeous photos! It looks beautiful. Is most of the trail covered in a wooden walkway like that photo or is much of it more uneven footing? I wonder if moderate difficulty might be too much for me!

  • kathy (from
    January 14, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Looks like a really nice hike. Your photos look lovely. If I am in the area I would definitely go here. Thanks for sharing.

  • Melody Pittman (@melodytravels)
    January 15, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    Geesh, I need to get out more. I cannot believe that is in Missouri. I think I need to spend some time discovering that state. 😉 The photos are incredible.

  • nlaguilera
    January 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Your photos are great! I’ve never heard of this nat’l park but I would love to visit. I’m happy anywhere next to water.

  • Joan Torres
    January 17, 2017 at 2:59 AM

    I’m amazed that you guys in the USA have the an endless number of amazing National Parks. I’m so jealous! I’m seeing lately loads of people posting about different parks with an amazing landscape. The Johnson Shut-Ins State Park is gorgeous. Incredible pictures. Another to put on my travel bucket list!

  • Chrysoula Manika
    January 17, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Wow your photos convinced me to do the hike also. What an amazing place, the natural beauty is simply breathtaking

  • mappingmegan
    January 18, 2017 at 12:14 AM

    Looks stunningly beautiful! I have a theory that the State parks throughout the US are actually far better than the national parks. You get into the national parks and they’re so micro managed and too many tourists, where-as state parks like this are somewhat of a hidden gem in comparison, and much calmer too!! Johnson Shut-Ins State Park sounds wonderful – haven’t been but want to!

  • 100cobbledroads
    January 19, 2017 at 6:12 AM

    Green and refreshing. That bridge through the forest is so appealing. You just made me pine for a vacation in a rainforest.

  • Karla
    January 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    I love hiking and much more if there’s a promise of refreshing sights of water in between/at the end. Love your photos, how long did it take you total?