12 Days of Hiking – Day 5 – Johnson’s Shut-Ins.
I know the weather isn’t exactly in our favor right now, but if you get a chance to get out while the leaves are still colorful – you should definitely make the trip to Johnson’s Shut-Ins. I go here often, but there is nothing quite like it in the fall. It was breathtaking.
There are a few different trails that you can hike at Johnson’s Shut-Ins. You can do the Shut-Ins trail which is 2.25 miles or the Scour trail which is a 1.5 mile loop. Hiking isn’t the only thing you can do here. Camping, picnicking, and swimming in the shut-ins are just a few of the reasons why people travel from near and far to visit.
While you are here be sure to check out the visitor center. They not only have information about exploring the park; they also have information about the history and geology of the shut-ins.
To access the park from Farmington you take Highway 221 to Highway 21 and then Highway N will take you to the shut-ins. It is approximately 45 minutes, but people commonly stay in Farmington and make a day trip to Johnson’s Shut-Ins and Elephant Rocks in one day. If you are interested be sure to check out places to stay: https://discoverfarmingtonmo.com/places-to-stay/
I hope you enjoy the photos from the Day 5 hike!
For more information about Johnson’s Shut-Ins be sure to check this article out. http://www.missouri-vacations.com/johnson%27s-shutins-state-park/
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