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Thousand Hills State Park

Park Information

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.

Park Hours

Day-Use Areas:

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through October
    7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through March
    7 a.m. to sunset, daily

The day-use area gates close at these times.

Dining Lodge hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday
    September through October
    4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday
    11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday
    8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through Dec. 22
    4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday

Marina hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)
8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
September through October
8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Park Office hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through October
    Usually available in park daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through March
    Usually available in park Monday through Friday

The office telephone is monitored for messages during daytime hours.

Store hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday
    7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
    September through October
    8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday
    7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Beach hours

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

Address

20431 State Hwy. 157
Kirksville, MO 63501-7069

Phone numbers

  • Park Office: (660) 665-6995
  • Lodging/Dining: (660) 665-7119
  • Marina/Store: (660) 665-3712
Name that Trail: This 2.25 mile trail is designated for hikers and mountain bikers. It winds its way through woods and old fields and along small intermittent streams. Maples and sycamore trees grace the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek, which is crossed twice. At the eastern crossing, a 100-foot bridge provides a dry crossing. The western crossing lacks a bridge a may require minor wadding. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.