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Thousand Hills State Park

20431 State Hwy. 157, Kirksville, MO 63501-7069
+1 660-665-6995
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Lovely Place for a Day Hike

We walked a couple miles of the Big Loop Trail. Great scenery and a fairly well kept trail. Highly... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Sue B
Columbia, Missouri
Beautiful lake

This state park contains a large, beautiful lake. Boats are available for rent. There is good... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2017
Michael M
Jefferson City, MO, United States
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The cool waters of Forest Lake provide the centerpiece for Thousand Hills State Park, whose woody shores and broad savannas recall a time when northern Missouri was far less developed. The lake offers fishing, swimming and boating. The park offers hiking, mountain biking, and abundant opportunities to see wildlife. An interpretive shelter helps visitors understand the petroglyphs left behind by the area’s inhabitants more than 1,500 years ago. The park also offers campsites and cabins for overnight stays.
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20431 State Hwy. 157, Kirksville, MO 63501-7069
+1 660-665-6995
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

We walked a couple miles of the Big Loop Trail. Great scenery and a fairly well kept trail. Highly recommend it!

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This state park contains a large, beautiful lake. Boats are available for rent. There is good fishing. There are cabins and campgrounds and a great restaurant. There are rolling hills covered with oak trees all around. It is a short drive to the city of...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Enjoyed our time there, beautiful park with lots of tables and trails. The lake was great for fishing.

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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Lots of different outdoor shelters with picnic tables and grills. The lake you drive around and can stop at two different playground areas. Early morning or evening you usually see deer and geese. Can also rent cabins

Thank Suess53
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Hiking, swimming, a marina, restaurant. Perfect getaway for college kids less than 10 miles from campus.

Thank Carol K
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Easy access to Forest Lake within Thousand Hills State Park. Lots of wildlife, especially deer. Great hiking trails and good fishing. Boat rental is available, as are pavilions for picnics and BBQs. The restaurant overlooks the lake for a relaxing dinner. And don't forget the...More

Thank wsexton
Reviewed 30 August 2016

This is such a pretty place to take your lunch and have a picnic. Wish it were a little closer than it is. But then it would be so crowded.

Reviewed 22 August 2016

We took an "end of the summer" mini-vacation and this was the perfect place for the whole family! Not a big crowd of people, the lake was nice and clean. Water was pretty warm and there were two different swimming docks on each branch. We...More

Thank Peggy A
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great place to visit and plan a family reunion if you live close enough. Cabins, Camping, Restaurant, Boat Rentals, Fishing--you name it. We got a paddle boat--because we only had a little time for JBA Parent's Day. Great Quality Time! Wonderful for photos and a...More

Thank Sharon95GCP
Reviewed 21 July 2016

We come here once a year with family. The food and service are always great. This time I had the baked cod, what a delightful surprise. I was afraid it would be bland but it was excellent as was the salad, hot roll, and vegetable....More

Thank darrelltloz
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Is there internet (wifi) access anywhere in the park?
6 November 2015|
Response from Frederick S | Reviewed this property |
Not when we visited, however Missouri has completed and continues to complete installations at all state parks. Recommend a call to the park Ranger to see if WIFI has been installed at Thousand Hills.