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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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Gorgeous Park!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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kirksville
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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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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Dillon
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271 reviews 271 reviews
97 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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185 reviews 185 reviews
46 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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414 reviews 414 reviews
86 attraction reviews
264 helpful votes 264 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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