Missouri's BEST One-Day Road Trip Experience, Period.

For more scenic road trips, click right here!




Welcome to JohnsonShutins.com. This is your portal to the experience 3 of Missouri's most scenic state parks (Johnson Shut-Ins, Elephant Rocks and Taum Sauk Mountain) and 1 amazing historic, old, small town (Caledonia, Missouri) all within minutes of each other. All 4 stops can be visited in just a one day road trip, but longer overnight or extended stay trips can be accommodated. This road trip experience is located in east/southeast-central Missouri, just a short drive south/southwest of St. Louis!









Where in Missouri is this? Zoom out of the below clickable location map by clicking here.


Caledonia Elephant Rocks State Park Johnson Shut In State Park Taum Sauk Mountain State Park



Need Exposure?
Your 200 x 180 Banner Ad Here
Just $15/mo., 3 month min.
Fixed, non-rotating, clickable space
Email Steve to inquire at
Webmaster@MissouriScenicRivers.com



Need Exposure?
Your 200 x 180 Banner Ad Here
Just $15/mo., 3 month min.
Fixed, non-rotating, clickable space
Email Steve to inquire at
Webmaster@MissouriScenicRivers.com



HISTORIC CALEDONIA

STOP #1)     Begin or end your fun road trip in historic Caledonia, Missouri -- (town details - pics) at the Old Village Mercantile -- (facebook). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Village Mercantile is the place to be. An authentic c. 1909 mercantile that takes you back to a simpler time. It's an experience for the whole family. Enjoy 600 varieties of Old Fashioned Candy, fudge, Coffee House & Smoothie Bar, Antique Gallery, Gifts, and so much more to see! When you are done being amazed at the sites to see inside of the Old Village Mercantile, stop right next door and taste some of the best BBQ around at the Caledonia BBQ Company -- (reviews). And when you are ready for desert, hop across the street to the Carr House Ice Cream Parlor & Antiques to get some delicious ice cream!! In the late summer/fall, check out the annual Rowe Crop Farm 10 Acre Corn Maze -- (town map .pdf file)








ELEPHANT ROCKS STATE PARK

STOP #2)     About 15 minutes down the road from Caledonia, Missouri is Elephant Rocks State Park -- (details) -- (pics), the central point of the 4 road trip sites to see (see map above). Elephant Rocks State Park is a great place to play hide-n-go-seek. The giant elephant-shaped granite boulders are the star at Elephant Rocks State Park. The coarsely crystalline red granite forms are popular with history buffs (who like to read the names of the 19th century miners who used to work in the area and who carved their names into rocks), children (who love to climb and scramble over and through the rocks) and parents (who revel in taking pictures of their children pretending to push the rocks). The park has a trail that winds through the rocks, which is an interpretative Braille trail. Abundant picnic areas and vibrant fall colors add to the park’s appeal. -- (park map .pdf file)









TAUM SAUK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

STOP #3)     About 15 minutes down the road from Elephant Rocks State Park is Taum Sauk Mountain State Park -- (details) -- (pics). Climb to the top of Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and be on top of Missouri – literally. The park’s 7,500 acres include the highest point in the state. Located in the St. Francois Mountains, the park's hickory forests and rocky glades provide a beautiful, solitary experience for hikers. A series of trails, including a portion of the Ozark Trail, wind through the park’s picturesque setting and provide awesome views of the surrounding countryside. The park also has a 12-site basic campground, a special use area for non-profit youth organizations, and a picnic area. -- (park map .pdf file)









JOHNSON'S SHUT-INS STATE PARK

STOP #4)     About 15 minutes down the road from Elephant Rocks State Park is the gem of the area and name place of this website: Johnson Shut-Ins State Park -- (details) -- (pics). To many Missourian's, this is still a hidden gem, because you would not believe how many have never experienced it. This is a great place to cool off after visiting the other two state parks. Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites. -- (park maps)









"Did you know that 90 min. southwest of here is the start of the 3 Missouri Scenic Rivers (Current, Jacks Fork & Eleven Point Rivers)?"

Missouri-Made Tree Swings / Outdoor Games / Missouri Marketplace / More Scenic Road Trips!


This is a StevenKing.biz site. For advertising options, email Webmaster@MissouriScenicRivers.com.