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Shut-Ins Trail

148 Taum Sauk Trail
Lesterville, MO 63656

This trail takes you to the park’s namesake shut-ins. This rocky gorge along the East Fork of the Black River has thrilled visitors for generations. A wheelchair-accessible .30-mile trail leads to an observation platform over the flowing waters of the shut-ins. The trail becomes more difficult, continuing up a stairway. Entering the East Fork Wild Area, Shut-Ins Trail follows natural tread through oak-hickory forest and small glade clearings, eventually returning to the main parking lot. This somewhat strenuous loop trail involves some short rocky climbs and a long series of stairs. You may also encounter some water crossings in wet weather. This trail is for day-use hiking only. No pets are allowed on Shut-Ins Trail.
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