Johnson's Shut-ins State Park, Middle Brook

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Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park is a public recreation area covering 8,781 acres (3,554 ha) on the East Fork Black River in Reynolds County, Missouri. The state park is jointly administered with adjoining Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, and together the two parks cover more than sixteen thousand acres in the St. Francois Mountains region of the Missouri Ozarks.
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 natural water park that is used by park visitors when water levels are not dangerously high.
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  • We stayed in camper cabin 4. The cabin is equipped with electrical and heating and cooling, but no plumbing, Bathrooms and water pump were about 150 steps downhill. They were well kept. We... 
    We stayed in camper cabin 4. The cabin is equipped with electrical and heating and cooling, but no plumbing, Bathrooms and water pump were about 150 steps downhill. They were well kept. We...  more »
  • The park offices were closed when we visited in October, but a map on the outside of the building provided information about where to go. At the entrance to the park are many huge boulders that were....  more
    The park offices were closed when we visited in October, but a map on the outside of the building provided information about where to go. At the entrance to the park are many huge boulders that were....  more »
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  • This place was one of my favorite places to go when I was a kid, and apparently 20 years later it is still one of my all time favorites. A summer destination must, and just one of the many beautiful Missouri State Parks! Get out there have fun and explore people. F.Y.I. Make sure to bring the kiddos, snacks and something for lunch, sunscreen, and definitely some type of water shoes.
  • This place was so much fun, but definitely bring water shoes if you plan on swimming. The water is cold but so beautiful and clear. The rocks were fun to climb on but a little slippery so keep that in mind, if you have young kids. It’s a nice place for a date as well and the best part is that it’s free. 10/10.

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