The campground is based off first-come first-serve. They offer vault toilets and water and only tent camping.
Taum Sauk Mountain is known for being the highest peak in Missouri but has a lot more to offer with its breathtaking views. There are three trails that are within Taum Sauk Mountain and you don’t want to miss out on these views!
Taum Sauk Mountain- Missouri‘s highest point trail is not a long hike, just a little under 2 miles and rated moderate.
Mina Sauk Falls trail is a little under 4 miles and rated moderate. Best to hike after a heavy rainfall to see the waterfall but don’t let that stop you if it hasn’t rained in awhile, still beautiful to see.
Ozark Trails meets with Mina Sauk Falls and then runs off on own again. Its about a 14 mile trail and rated Hard.
Be sure to wear good hiking shoes!
I downloaded the AllTrails app, which if you dont have I highly recommend downloading it. This app is very helpful finding trails near you and even locates where you are at on the trail.
Hawn State Park shows its natural beauty surrounded by Pine Trees. The campground is very well kept and spacious.
There are a three trails accessible from the park. Two trails are overnight hikes and one is a short hike. I was able to hike the Pickle Creek Loop trail which is rated moderate and only an hour to two hour hike, depending on how much you stop. I definitely recommend going on this beautiful hike if you’re camping.
Tip: I have the All Trails app which was very helpful with locating trails near you and even shows you your location while on the trail.
Highly recommend planning a weekend to stay at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park. There is two parts to the park, the campground and the actual Shut-Ins. Camground: Offers Electric, Basic, Cabins and even Walk-in sites. The basic sites, which is my personal favorite, has its own beauty by surrounding your site with trees giving you your privacy.
Shut-Ins: Absolutely beautiful!! Its about a mile from the campground and then it is about .5 mile paved path walk to the Shut-Ins from the parking lot. Don’t let that intimidate you! It’s worth it! Expect to be there for a few hours to enjoy the rocks and natural pools. Make sure you wear really good water shoes, you’ll be doing a lot of climbing through the rocks. Side Note: If you’re camping, you get a pass to the the Shut-Ins reserved parking for only campers. Also make sure you stop by the visitor center to learn more about the park. Wait, there’s even more! Elephant Rocks State Park is a must go! It’s about a 20 minute drive from Johnson Shut-Ins. You wont want to miss out on the giant rocks! I recommend going early in the morning to Elephant Rocks to climb and walk the park and then head to Johnson Shut-Ins to cool off and relax. (You won’t have to worry about parking if you’re a camper 😉)
I posted a few pictures of both parks and put in the caption which park is which.