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At Johnson's Shut-Ins, a Missouri state park two hours from St. Louis, water cascades over jagged rocks, forming hundreds of tiny natural swimming holes.

#99 Little Grand Canyon Trail: Little Grand Canyon is a little-known hideaway that’s worth the drive from St. Louis. You’ll hike down stone steps cut in steep, fantastically-eroded slickrock chutes, into a moist bottomland guarded by 300-foot cliffs. Your reward for climbing out of the canyon’s depths is a panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the distant Missouri hills. Unless you compare it to its namesake natural wonder, Little Grand Canyon is anything but little.

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Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Campground: More than 70 spacious sites and cozy cabins make a home base for explorers wading and swimming in the “shut-ins,” named for the water from the East Fork of the Black River running through narrow gaps between boulders. Details + more favorite Midwest campgrounds: www.midwestliving...

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