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Thousand Hills State Park, Kirksville

#36 of 101 in Nature in Missouri
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Thousand Hills State Park is a public recreation area covering some 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) two miles (3.2 km) west of Kirksville in Adair County, Missouri. The state park features 703-acre (284 ha) Forrest Lake and Native American petroglyphs.
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  • Had a wonderful couple of days here with the family. So much more than just a lake. Full of surprises. Very impressed!  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • The beach is free and has a volleyball court which is lots of fun. The water is shallow and gets deep very gradually making it perfect for kids playing. In mid-July we were there and the water was perfect maybe even warm. There are rocks to avoid all over the beach so be careful where you step. No lifeguard is on duty and they do stay open past 7 in my experience. In fact, it is perfect to go between 6 and 8 as very few people are there
  • Great hike/bike trail that runs just over 10 miles one way with a place to camp in the woods. Park had a nice designated, paved bike path which flows over hills making for a nice ride or walk. Tons of grassy knolls, places to BBQ, and play the day away. Also a nice, clean Marina and loads of places to explore by water via boat, kayak, paddle board. Great stop! Watch out for the racoons though we saw at least 5 (4 in a pack and 1 solo). Also, watch your speeds in and out of the park...tons of deer!
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