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at Thousand Hills State Park

Thousand Hills Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 10.5 Miles View map

Thousand Hills Trail’s natural surface and route through hilly, rugged wooded terrain make it popular with mountain bikers. The trail passes through and along savanna restoration units and at times along Forest Lake. The trip can be shortened or lengthened by accessing white connector 1 (.70 mile) and white connector 2 (1 mile).

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
10.5 Miles 10 hours, 30 minutes Linear Red (1. At the main parking area on County Road 226 off Hwy. H; (2. Just off Hwy. 157 on Big Loop Trail Road

Forest Lake trail

  • Accessible
  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: .90 mile View map


Forest Lake Trail will run through the heart of Thousand Hills State Park connecting the marina, dining lodge, cabins, swimming beach and petroglyph site. This concrete hiking and bicycling trail will be accessible to wheelchairs and strollers and features views of Forest Lake along the entire route.

Forest Lake Trail is a cooperative effort of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Forest Lake Area Trail System, a communitywide volunteer group supporting trails in Adair County. The two agencies are developing plans to connect this trail to Campground 1 and to the city of Kirksville.