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Thousand Hills State Park

20431 State Hwy. 157, Kirksville, MO 63501
660-665-6995
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Kirksville
Type: State 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... more » 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. « less
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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129 reviews 129 reviews
37 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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47 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Wow can't wait to visit this place in the summer. The trails looked amazing. The cabins had an amazing veiw.

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Awesome park, great restaurant, fun lake. We loved the cabins on the lake which feature the quietest air conditioners I've ever (not) heard. The restaurant is pricey but the food is great and the view is priceless. And an excellent, patient waitstaff.

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Davenport, Iowa
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25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We stayed at Thousand Hills State Park in Kirksville, MO and this cam pground was clean and had spacious RV campsites. The campsites were clean and the campfire pits were clean. The shoers and bathrooms were v ery, very clean. We were at campground 1 and although extremely hot weather, we enjoyed our stay.

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