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Address: 20431 State Highway 157, Kirksville, MO 63501-7069
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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Thousand Hills State Park

This is such a pretty place to take your lunch and have a picnic. Wish it were a little closer than it is. But then it would be so crowded.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Benton
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is such a pretty place to take your lunch and have a picnic. Wish it were a little closer than it is. But then it would be so crowded.

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Missouri
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took an "end of the summer" mini-vacation and this was the perfect place for the whole family! Not a big crowd of people, the lake was nice and clean. Water was pretty warm and there were two different swimming docks on each branch. We were a little frustrated with the steering on the boat but hopefully the marina will... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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89 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Great place to visit and plan a family reunion if you live close enough. Cabins, Camping, Restaurant, Boat Rentals, Fishing--you name it. We got a paddle boat--because we only had a little time for JBA Parent's Day. Great Quality Time! Wonderful for photos and a nice lunch with a window view of the Lake. Will definitely plan on stopping by... More 

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Camdenton, MO
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158 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

We come here once a year with family. The food and service are always great. This time I had the baked cod, what a delightful surprise. I was afraid it would be bland but it was excellent as was the salad, hot roll, and vegetable. Six of us enjoyed our meals very much. If you like potato skins, they are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

The prime rib is the best I have had, the new menus are great. The pricing is competitive and the service is great. It is one of the nicest restaurants in kirksville

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Kirksville, Missouri
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I hiked and drove around the park back when the lake was frozen over and lots of snow on the ground. Geese were on the ice and in the open area of the water not iced over. It was pretty kool that there were upwards of 400-500 Canada Geese when I visited. They have picnic tables, restrooms, and hiking trails:... More 

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Danville, Illinois
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158 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

We just had a quick walk in one area of the park but the cabins looked nice and the view was beautiful at sunset.

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Thank blueiii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

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

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St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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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.

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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54 reviews
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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.

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