Camping and Cabins at Johnson's Shut-Ins


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State Parks and State Historic Sites , Campgrounds & RV Sites , outdoors , camping , family activities , Family Fun
One on Missouri's Top State Parks for Camping
Author: Tom Uhlenbrock and MDT Staff

Camping Weekends at Johnson's Shut-Ins Have Something for Everyone

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park is one of the best places to go camping in Missouri. Located 10 miles north of Lesterville on Highway N, in the Goggins Mountain Area, the park has quality camping spots for fun-filled outings with family and friends. Camping at Johnson's Shut-Ins isn't just a summertime activity – campsites for tents and RVs are open year-round.

Why do we say Johnson's Shut-Ins is one of the best places to go camping in Missouri? Because there is something for everyone.

Tent and RV Camping

You don't have to be adventurous to enjoy these camping spots. Some sites have water, sewer and electric hookups; several are designed to accommodate horse trailers; there’s a large area specifically for groups; and numerous platforms are scattered on a wooded hillside for tent campers. All sites can be reserved April thru October (reservations are highly recommended); during the off-season, they are first-come-first-camp.

Camper Cabins

Johnson's Shut-Ins features six, one-bedroom camping cabins that sleep six. These cabins include electricity, heating and cooling, but do not have water or a bathroom. Each cabin has a dining table, ceiling fan, compact refrigerator and a microwave. Guests have access to the campground shower-house. Exterior amenities consist of a porch bench, picnic table, pedestal grill, campfire grill and views of Beaver Pond. These cabins are available year-round, by reservation.

Rustic but Comfortable Camping Weekends

While you are enjoying nature in one of the camping spots at Johnson's Shut-Ins, you have access to a playground; state-of-the-art showers and restrooms; a camp store for groceries and supplies; a Laundromat; Wi-Fi; and a dump station. (During the off-season, drinkable water is not available, so plan accordingly.)

More Amenities to Complement Great Camping Spots

Facilities within the 8,600-acre state park include a visitor center, general store and riverside picnic areas. The main features of the park are swimming in the actual shut-ins, (carved into the rock by the flow of the Black River for more than 1.4 billion-years), and exploring more than 45 miles of hiking trails (with ratings from easy to rugged).

Johnson's Shut-Ins truly is one of the best places to go camping in Missouri. Since it is open year-round, you're sure to find time to squeeze a few camping weekends into your hectic schedule.

Important Note: Do not take your own firewood. Missouri’s forests are being threatened by the emerald ash borer, an exotic beetle that has killed millions of ash trees in the United States. Purchase firewood at or near your camping location. Do not transport firewood from the park to other locations. Campers must comply with firewood advisories.

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