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Thousand Hills State Park

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

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, Great Marina, Lots of Pavilions

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Saint Charles, Missouri
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank Sharon95GCP
Camdenton, MO
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158 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Thank darrelltloz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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

1 Thank steven r
Kirksville, Missouri
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14 reviews
3 attraction 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
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.

Thank blueiii
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

1 Thank Diane R
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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
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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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