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Thousand Hills State Park

Address: 20431 State Hwy. 157, Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone Number: 660-665-6995
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Kirksville
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The cool waters of Forest Lake provide the centerpiece for Thousand Hills State Park, whose woody...
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The food and service is usually good. They have an early bird special which is good but needs to add more items too it.

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Osage Beach, Missouri
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My husband and I chose Thousand Hills State Park for an early morning walk when traveling through Kirksville a few months ago. Perfect choice! Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. As we walked along the lake, I noticed a woman serving breakfast to a gentleman in a wheelchair, with a stunning sunrise over the water. It was such a touching scene! I don't... More 

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230 reviews 230 reviews
75 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Nice Park! great facilities, beautiful lake, fishing boating, small marina. Marina store open in season. nice picnic areas, good hiking trails. Peaceful and quiet.worth the visit

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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158 reviews 158 reviews
42 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We have camped here a few times and have always had a good experience. The camp sites are the best but they are adequate. Close to Kirksville but far enough away to make it secluded. There is a nice lake, marina and restaurant.

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Columbia, Missouri
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327 reviews 327 reviews
65 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Missouri State Parks have no admission fee. There are fees for camping and boat rentals. This park has a large impoundment-type lake, two campgrounds, rental cabins, picnic grounds, and a restaurant (but check the hours and days). There is an extensive trail system with options for a morning stroll to a major hike. There is a shelter protecting a good... More 

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Northwood, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We were with a large group that had arranged a lunch at the marina restaurant. They were gracious enough to open early for us that day; they are ordinarily not open for lunch on week-days. But...the service was terrible! At our table of about 20, half received their meals while the other side of the table just watched. The same... More 

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The main attraction is the lake, which seems clean and relatively uncrowded - we didn't boat. The beach looks clean also - we didn't swim. We really went to hike. We took the Redbud Trail which is not a long trail. It goes through some lovely woods, but the trail itself needs maintenance. Most of the steps are washed out... More 

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Cary, Illinois
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11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We camped for three nights. The site pad was nice for our small trailer. The table, however, was down the hill a bit and it was muddy. The previous campers had left some trash behind and the management does not clean it up. It rained our entire second day, so we did not get a chance to rent a kayak... More 

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Oberlin, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We made reservations to celebrate the graduations of our grandson and his wife. The service was wonderful, quick, and the food was prepared well. The view from the dining area windows made it extra nice.

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Bangor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This park has it all! The drive has beautiful hills, views of a glassy lake, an opportunity for fine food, a marina and camping & cabins. I've enjoyed swimming, camping and dressing up for a good dinner at Thousand Hills Park

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