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Thousand Hills State Park

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Address: 20431 State Highway 157, Kirksville, MO 63501-7069
Phone Number: +1 660-665-6995
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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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Very beautiful park

Lots of different outdoor shelters with picnic tables and grills. The lake you drive around and can stop at two different playground areas. Early morning or evening you usually... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
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Novinger, Missouri
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Novinger, Missouri
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Lots of different outdoor shelters with picnic tables and grills. The lake you drive around and can stop at two different playground areas. Early morning or evening you usually see deer and geese. Can also rent cabins

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Hiking, swimming, a marina, restaurant. Perfect getaway for college kids less than 10 miles from campus.

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Kirksville, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Easy access to Forest Lake within Thousand Hills State Park. Lots of wildlife, especially deer. Great hiking trails and good fishing. Boat rental is available, as are pavilions for picnics and BBQs. The restaurant overlooks the lake for a relaxing dinner. And don't forget the petroglyphs!

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Benton
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 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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