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Address: 20431 State Hwy. 157, Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone Number: 660-665-6995
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Description: 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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Beautiful Lake

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

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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.

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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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!

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

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

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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

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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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kirksville
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32 attraction reviews
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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
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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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Dillon
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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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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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