Thousand Hills State Park
Thousand Hills State Park
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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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Rena' S
Kansas City, Missouri, United States6 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is a gorgeous place! The cabins are clean. The staff is great. So many trails to hike. Boats to rent, fish to find. And beautiful beautiful scenery to enjoy. If you plan to visit make your plans well in advance. The cabins fill up quick. However if you want to camp they have that also.
Written October 11, 2021
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Michael M
Mount Juliet, TN23 contributions
Jul 2021
This place was amazing. We had a wonderful Sunday lunch at the restaurant. The food was very good. But the atmosphere was amazing and relaxing. I can rate my experience high enough. There was only one downfall (and it is not really a downfall): the waitress kept interrupting our conversation. She was friendly and tried to be helpful, but she just needs some training on when to interrupt and when not to. However, it is better to have a waitress that is friendly and helpful but interrupts than to be ignored or having to look for a waitress.
This place was AMAZING and I am looking forward to going back.
Written July 14, 2021
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Edge W
Columbia, MO1,082 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
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 set of petroglyphs.

Despite one reviewer's comment, there are NO Cottonmouth snakes in northern Missouri. Non-poisonous northern watersnakes are easily misidentified, and are present.

Thousand Hills is a birder's delight. The lake and the varied habitats around it draw many species of birds and the roads and trails provide very good access. Birders should be sure to take the short hike between the petroglyph shelter and campground #2 for Pine Warblers and (in invasion years) crossbills, redpolls and Red-brested Nuthatches. The park has a bird checklist of more than 182 species. The park checklist may be downloaded from the Audubon Society of Missouri website, www.mobirds.org.
Written August 9, 2014
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Marcia H
Manhattan, Kansas, United States3 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
We spent the weekend here at the end of June and rented 4 of the cabins. Cabins have been updated since the last time we were here and were very nice. My sister even brought her dog, as some of the cabins are pet-friendly. Ours looked right out onto the lake (also a very easy walk down the hill to the dock), where we could watch a beautiful sunrise! All the cabins have firepits with grill tops and nice kitchens with all the basic supplies. My parents stayed in one of the accessible cabins, and my grandmother (that uses a walker) was able to navigate the area with no problems. We also rented a pontoon boat for a few hours and did a little fishing and swimming. The lake wasn't crowded at all and we had a great time. Saw some wildlife - deer, birds, snake!, racoon...The marina is very nice and so is the restaurant where we had great service and a nice buffet. Highly recommend for a place for fun with family or friends and some r & r.
Written July 8, 2013
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Jeremy S
Saint Charles, MO9 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
My family and I spent some time at this park when we were visiting our daughter at Truman. We walked on a couple of trails and visited the lakeside. There are lots of interesting trails to hike, including a ten mile one around the lake. It's actually a pretty hilly area so there are some challenging trails. The ones we went on are mostly dirt but are well marked. There are several places to get out and see the lake and the usual park stuff like picnic areas and playgrounds. If the weather is nice, this is a really picturesque and peaceful place to visit.
Written November 6, 2019
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183Jerry
Newton, IA136 contributions
Oct 2019
Had a great long weekend spent at campground # 1. Hiked some of the trails. Went down one night to the restaurant on the lake. If you go, take time to see the 1500 year old or older Indian art.
Written October 14, 2019
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Kayla Brown
Cameron, MO144 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We took our camper and camped in campground 2 at site 57 last year and then in campground 1 at site 9. Campground hosts were VERY friendly, welcoming, and wished us a nice stay. Our campsite was fairly shaded and faced towards timber. There is good space between sites so you feel like you have space. We ate at the restaurant the night we arrived and the breakfast buffet on Sunday morning. The food is always good and wait staff are courteous and welcoming. We rented a pontoon boat a couple days. Boat in great condition both mechanically and cosmetically. Staff are super helpful and nice. A big kudos to John McConnell and Nicholas (didn’t catch his last name). Both of these gentleman were so down-to-earth and helpful!! We didn't have to pay until we returned with the boat and only were charged for the amount of time and gas used. They asked each time upon returning if we had a good time.

We had glass and plastic to recycle but couldn't find the receptacles for it so ended up throwing it away. Put some near dumpster! :-)

This park is a Missouri best kept secret! It's not packed full or over crowded, has great amenities, exceptional staff, beautiful grounds, and lots of water fun!!
Written July 29, 2018
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Ken P
Cedar Falls, IA53 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
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.
Written September 4, 2013
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joerosa08
Davenport, IA133 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
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.
Written August 28, 2013
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Franz K
Kirksville, Missouri, United States13 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
If you travel a lot in Missouri and are looking for a great place to camp, fish, boat or hike here is a perfect destination for you.

Thousand Hills has it all. The camping is sweet, quiet it has nice tent, RV or pop up tent camping sites. There are a lot of electric hookups in campsite 1 and a few in campsite 2.

There are nice bathrooms in campsite 1 with...........showers!!!! so you don't have to go a few days without one unless you want to!

We live in Kirksville and even though it is so close we camp there often because it is so close and so nice!

It is well patroled by the Ranger and the Adair County Sheriff's Offce, so no worries about safety there.

The hiking trails are nice, not too short or too long. There is a primitive hike in camp site on the south side of the lake.

Free (WIthout life guard) swimming area, and the petroglyphs left by the native inhabitants many years ago.

If you wish there are cabins to rent as well and yes a VERY nice restaurant! With VERY good food.

Toss in a marina where you can rent canoes, kayaks, fishing boats or pontoon boats and you can see it has it all!!

Come and enjoy one of the best kept secrets in Missouri!
Written July 29, 2013
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