Missouri: Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park|
Posted on Saturday, January 20 @ 00:00:00 CST by iljiana
HC Route 1, Box 126,
Middlebrook, MO 63656
8 miles north of Lesterville on Route N in Reynolds County.
A one-quarter mile walkway leads to an observation deck overlooking
the scenic upper pothole shut-in. The 2.5-mile loop trail that
continues past the shut-ins is temporarily closed because of damage
from the reservoir breach.
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park was damaged by flooding following the
failure of Taum Sauk Reservoir. A portion of the Taum Sauk Section of
the Ozark Trail was damaged between Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. Trail users should avoid this part of
the Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail until a new route has been
developed. Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park closed for the season Oct. 2 so redevelopment can begin.
Goggins Mountain Trail is closed until it can be cleared of hazards from recent storms.
Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail --
Mountain biking and equestrians are not allowed on this trail.
This 12.8-mile trail leads hikers east to the adjacent Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. The Ozark Trail also leads west, passing through both the East Fork and Goggins Mountain wild areas into the Bell Mountain Wilderness in Mark Twain National Forest. Backpack camping is allowed along the Ozark Trail.
Regulations for backpacking the Ozark Trail from Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park:
Goggins Mountain Hiking and Equestrian Trail
This 10-mile hiking and equestrian trail is located in Goggins
Mountain Wild Area. The loop trail climbs the ridge tops to Goggins
Mountain and then travels down the side slopes as it returns to the
trailhead. The 5,000-acre wild area includes all of Goggins Mountain
and three other igneous domes that are some of the most dramatic in the
St. Francois Mountains. The area is heavily wooded with forests of oak
and hickory trees, interspersed with rocky openings called glades.
These glades provide opportunities for hikers and equestrians to stop
and enjoy vistas of nearby mountains, including Bell Mountain and
Proffit Mountain. The trailhead includes a parking area for 15 vehicles
and trailers and a vault toilet and is located three-quarters of a mile
down Hwy. MM. Hwy. MM is located about 1,000 feet west of the entrance
to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park on Hwy. N, eight miles north of
Because the portion of the Ozark Trail in the main day-use area of
the park was damaged during the Dec. 14 reservoir breach, the trailhead
for Goggins Mountain Trail has been designated as a trailhead for the
Ozark Trail. Watch for Ozark Trail signs at the trailhead. Although
horses are allowed on the Goggins Mountain Trail, they are not allowed
on this section of the Ozark Trail.
- You must be two miles from the trailhead and 100 feet from
water sources, trails, public-use areas and scenic areas before setting
- Open campfires are prohibited on the trail. Camp stoves are recommended.
- To limit damage to the environment, camp in groups of six people or less.
- Always stay on the trail, where provided, even if it's wet or muddy.
- Carry out what you carry in.
Directions to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
From St. Louis
State Park is approximately 130 miles from St. Louis (South County);
the trip will take about two or two and one-half hours depending on
traffic. Take I-270 south to I-55 south. When you get to the Festus
area take U.S. Hwy. 67 south to Farmington. At the second Farmington
exit, turn right onto Route W toward Doe Run. Travel 17 miles on Route
W. At the flashing red light, turn right/north onto Hwy. 21. Travel
about one-half mile and turn left onto Route N. Go 13 miles on Route N
to the park entrance on your left.
From Jefferson City
State park is approximately three hours driving time from Jefferson
City. Go south on U.S. Hwy. 63 to Hwy. 68. Take Hwy. 68 to St. James.
You will go through the town of St. James to Hwy. 8. Stay on Hwy. 8 to
Potosi. At the intersection of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 21, turn right/south
onto Hwy. 21. Travel approximately 25 miles to Graniteville. Turn right
onto Route N. Travel 13 miles on Route N to the park entrance on your
From Kansas City
State Park is approximately five to six hours from Kansas City. Take
I-70 east to St. Louis. In St. Louis, take I-270 south to I-55 south.
When you get to the Festus area take U.S. Hwy. 67 south to Farmington.
At the second Farmington exit, turn right onto Route W toward Doe Run.
Travel 17 miles on Route W. At the flashing red light, turn right/north
onto Hwy. 21. Travel about one-half mile and turn left onto Route N. Go
13 miles on Route N to the park entrance on your left.
For more information: http://www.mostateparks.com/jshutins.htm