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Thousand Hills State Park

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Address: 20431 State Hwy. 157, Kirksville, MO 63501-7069
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+1 660-665-6995

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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Winter Hiking

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... read more

Reviewed April 25, 2016
Kirksville, Missouri
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Kirksville, Missouri
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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180 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
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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65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
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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6 reviews
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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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

1 Thank HollieNSteve
Oskaloosa, Iowa
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38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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!

Bettendorf, Iowa
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42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2015

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

Thank Frederick S

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