HC Route 1, Box 126, Hwy N, Middlebrook Missouri
Water cascading between large, smooth rocks, creating natural waterslides, has made the park a popular recreation destination, and its landscape has piqued the curiosity of all who visit. One and a half billion years ago, hot volcanic ash and gases spewed into the air, then cooled, forming igneous rock. Later, shallow seas covered the rock, depositing sedimentary rock. The land rose. The sea fell. The weather began tearing down the land, exposing the volcanic rock beneath it. Waters of the Black River became confined, or "shut-in," to a narrow channel. A one-fourth mile walkway takes visitors to an observation deck overlooking the shut-ins. Camping, hiking and swimming are popular pastimes, with rock climbing allowed seasonally by permit. Picnic tables, playground equipment and a reservable open picnic shelter make the park ideal for family gatherings. Basic and electric campsites are available, along with a park store. Pets are not allowed in the shut-ins.
Other Missouri State Parks nearby:
(Burfordville) Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
(Davisville) Dillard Mill State Historic Site
(Pilot Knob) Elephant Rocks State Park
(Ste Genevieve) Felix Valle State Historic Site
(Ste Genevieve) Hawn State Park
(Middlebrook) Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
10/16 Coming to The Middlebrook area
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Italian Fest Collinsville IL September20-21 For over 25 years, Collinsville IL has been celebrating the Italian culture and heritage that our city was built on. The Fest is a family friendly event and there really is something for everyone.