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Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

Park Information

Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites.

Park Hours

Valley Day-Use Area
The main park gates open and close at these times.

  • March 1 through the Wednesday before Memorial Day
    8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily
  • Thursday before Memorial Day through Labor Day
    8 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily
  • Day after Labor Day through Oct. 31
    8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily
  • November through February
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Camper Cabins hours

Open March through December

Gates to cabin area close at 10 p.m. from April through October. 

Store - Black River Center hours

March 1-31
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Closed Monday through Friday

April 1 through the Wednesday before Memorial Day
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Thursday before Memorial Day through Labor Day
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily

Day after Labor Day through Oct. 31
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Nov. 1-30
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
closed Monday through Friday

Dec. 1 through February
Closed

Store - Campground hours

April 1 through the Thursday before Memorial Day
4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday
12:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday through Thursday

Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day
8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily

Tuesday after Labor Day through Oct. 31
4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday
12:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday through Thursday

November through March
Closed

Store - River hours

April 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Closed Monday through Friday

Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily

Day after Labor Day through Oct. 31
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Closed Monday through Friday

Nov. 1 through March 31
Closed

Name that Trail: This trail is designed especially for people with visual or physical disabilities and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The trail passes by a quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes hikers to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks. A second spur brings you to a point overlooking an old quarry site, where Missouri red granite was quarried from the 1860s through the early 1900s. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.