Missouri Hiking, Nature May 05, 2022
Explore Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Trail In Missouri Then Get A Bird’s Eye View From The Scour Trail
A beautiful day in Missouri is often best spent outdoors, maybe on one of its many trails. Deciding which trail to follow, however, can be a bit challenging, especially with all of the scenic treks in all corners of the state. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park in Missouri is an idyllic backdrop for a day of exploring – from hiking its picturesque trails to cooling off in the shut-ins during the hottest days of summer.
For a one-of-a-kind adventure, head over to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park in Middle Brook for a day of exploring along the Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Trail and the Scour Trail.
Both offer sensational views of the shut-ins, although the Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Trail earns a moderate rating from All Trails. The Scour Trail scores an easy rating.
Follow both trails, or just do one, depending on how much time you have and your skill levels. Hikers recommend carving out a bit over an hour for each trail.
Clocking in at just under 2.5 miles, the first trail will take you directly to the breathtaking shut-ins. The first .30-mile of the trail is wheelchair-accessible and well-worth the visit.
However, after that, be prepared to for a decent workout. The trail features some steep climbs and rocky terrain. It can also be quite slippery after rain and in the fall when the leaves scatter across the ground.
If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the shut-ins and the surrounding landscape. For an easier journey, hikers recommend doing the trail counterclockwise.
Bring your swimming gear along if you’re visiting in the hotter months, so you can cool off in the shut-ins.
Follow up your trek with an easy journey along the Scour Trail. Be sure to wear water shoes or shoes you don’t mind getting wet as you will have a few water crossings.
Hikers also recommend doing the trail counterclockwise.
The trail leads through forested area. Part of the trail can be impassable after a particularly heavy rainfall.
Learn more on the official website of
Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. View the trail maps for Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Trail and Scour Trail.
Have you explored Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park in Missouri? Which trail did you prefer? Share your experience in the comments! Up for a bit more exploration? Here are
three little-known canyons that will show you a side of Missouri you’ve never seen before. Address: Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, 148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middle Brook, MO 63656, USA