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Park Trails

at Thousand Hills State Park

Oak Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .20 Mile View map

The natural surface Oak Trail follows a ridge top through wooded terrain. At the end of the trail is an overlook of the Point Shelter on the shore of Forest Lake. This easy trail is popular for interpretive and educational hikes.  

 

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.20 Mile 10 minutes, one way Linear Green Off Big Loop Trail Road

Red Bud Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.25 Miles View map

The natural surface Red Bud Trail goes through hilly wooded terrain and along the edge of Forest Lake in Craig’s Cove. This trail is popular for interpretive and educational hikes. It provides connection to Thousand Hills Trail via white connector 2.

From Trailhead 1
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.25 Miles 1 hour, 15 minutes Loop Yellow Off of Big Loop Trail Road at last parking lot before shelter
From Trailhead 2
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.60 Mile 40 minutes Loop Yellow Off of Big Loop Trail Road across from the playground

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

UNDER DEVELOPMENT

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.