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Address: 20431 State Hwy. 157, Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone Number: 660-665-6995
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The cool waters of Forest Lake provide the centerpiece for Thousand Hills...

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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Hiking or water play, This place is wonderful!

If you like water and hiking, this is the place to take the family! Nice trails, reasonable rentals in the warmer weather too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you like water and hiking, this is the place to take the family! Nice trails, reasonable rentals in the warmer weather too.

Thank Diane R
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I have enjoyed going to this state park since being a student at NMSU in the early 1990's. Always a great view and going out on the water is fantastic.

Thank slgerals
Kennesaw, Georgia
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52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

I have been to this park a couple of time for a couple different events and it is has been nothing less than perfect. The buildings, the park and the lake are always in good condition. Nice and peaceful.

Thank Chris M
Kirksville, Missouri
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

The pteroglyphs were closed in the building. Nice cashier at the boat rental/store. Cabins looked nice, didn't go in. Good roads and good signage.

Thank debbie m
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

The lake was a very good size big enough to take a pontoon boat out on and ski had nice fishing this was not a residential lake so there were no houses within sight we really enjoyed it and would go back again

Thank Angela S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

Was a fantastic trip. The boat rental we got was really nice. And the staff was more than helpful. Will gladly go back again.

Thank HollieNSteve
Oskaloosa, Iowa
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Went there to just drive by to check out some things we love it and ended up hiking the trails and picnic by thebeautiful lake! The kids love it that they don't want to leave! It was very clean very quiet and peaceful. The lake water was very clear unlike others! We are looking forward camping there this year!

Bettendorf, Iowa
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Beautiful park, well-maintained yet primitive enough for hiking and enjoying native flowers and birds.

Thank Frederick S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

I've came here multiple times with my family as a child and teen. Great place to go and a lot of time to relax, go hiking ,tube, or fish!!! I will be brining my son here someday

Thank iatomi6
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Not much going on yet but looks like a fun place. Hiking trails looked good and lake nice. Boating and fishing can be done with rentals. Has a restaurant but it was not open yet.

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