2,490 acres. Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park is situated in the St. Francois Mountains of southeast Missouri. Shut-ins are steep, canyon-like gorges, which are found here along the Black River.
There is a designated wilderness area in the park, the 1,110-acre East Fork Wild Area. Also included are oak-hickory forests with pine, some talus slopes, and a few rocky, barren, desert-like areas.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are available on the Ozark Trail (see entry page 191), which has a trailhead in the park.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed along some but not all sections of the Ozark Trail. Backpackers are asked to register at the trailhead. Campsites should be at least 100 feet from the trail, 200 feet from public use areas, and one-quarter mile from entry points.
For Further Information: Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, HC Route 1, Box 126, Middlebrook, MO 63656; (314)546-2450.