Park Trails

at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

Black River Trail System

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 3.15 Miles View map

The best way to access the shut-ins valley is on the Black River Trail. This trail system was developed to connect people with the different features of the park, including the campground, the day-use area, the interpretive center and the trail leading to the shut-ins. Beginning at the park’s campground, the trail provides a convenient way for campers to access the valley. From the campground, the trail crosses Highway MM then traverses an open area before crossing under Highway N and over a bridge at Cope Hollow. Once inside the main day-use area of the park, the trail provides easy access to the main features of the park. The trail section between the campground and the day-use area is made of concrete and the trail surface inside the valley is crushed limestone. Open to hikers and bicyclists, the trail offers benches along the way for convenient resting places.

For visitors wanting to access the main day-use area of the park from the campground, the distance is 1.35 miles one way.  For visitors wanting to access the shut-ins area from the campground, the distance is 2.5 miles one way. To use the trail to visit all the features of the park, the distance is 3.15 miles.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
  • Road/highway crossing
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.15 Miles 30 minutes per mile Loop Brown 1) Off of the south Black River Center parking area; 2) Off the northeast corner of the shut-ins parking area near the Shut-Ins Trail trailhead. 3) Campground entrance

Campground Trail System

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 3 Miles View map

This trail system provides campers with easy access to all the features in the campground, including campsites, camper cabins, a campground store, an interpretive amphitheater, the beaver pond and the special-use area. In addition to convenient access, the trail provides a great place to explore the area and get some nice exercise to begin or end the day.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
  • Road/highway crossing
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3 Miles 30 minutes per mile Loop Green Off the first parking area at the campground entrance off County Road MM