Accessibility Information

at Thousand Hills State Park

Accessible SymbolThis symbol indicates that the specified area is fully compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).

Accessible SymbolBirding

Visitors of all abilities can enjoy birding along Carolyn Bagley Harding Trail. This trail has manageable surfaces, trail information and signage, rest areas, and many other ADA considerations.

To find additional locations that are accessible, visit Birdability to view their accessible birding trails maps.

Accessible SymbolPark Office 

The park office is located at the intersection of Highway 157 and Big Loop Trail Road. A parking space is signed and striped. There is a gradual ramp up to the office building entrance. The office is spacious with a brochure rack within easy reach. An information boards is located outside for your convenience when the office is closed.

Accessible SymbolDining Lodge 

One parking space is signed adjacent to the entrance pathway; however, the space has a 3.3% cross slope and a 4.7% running slope. At the other end of the Lodge, two level spaces are signed and have a short 5% slope to the entrance pathway. The entrance has power-assisted doors that lead into a spacious lobby. Plenty of maneuvering room allows for a choice of seating with views of the lake.

The restrooms have side-transfer toilets, accessible lavatories and electric hand dryers. 

Accessible SymbolMarina Store 

Paved, level parking provides two handicap spaces and power-operated doors allow easy entry into this convenience store. Marina rentals and bait sales are handled by the friendly staff and all your fishing and camping needs may be found in the spacious store aisles. Employees will assist with any items beyond reach. 

The restrooms have front-transfer toilets, accessible lavatories and electric hand dryers. 


The boat docks have up to 6-inch steps where they connect to each other. The boat launch is a three-lane paved ramp with an average 5% slope. Staging is done on the level lot, with a paved access loop to the launch.

Accessible SymbolFish Cleaning Station 

An accessible fish cleaning station is located across the parking lot from the marina store. Parking, although unmarked, is level. The faucets may be a bit far to reach for some users.


Accessible SymbolCabin Unit B

This cabin offers level parking with a patio that provides an extended-end table and pedestal grill. Inside are remote control air conditioners, an extended-end table, wide doorways and lowered closet rods. The bath has a side-transfer toilet, an accessible lavatory and grab-bars for the tub/shower. A shower seat is included. The shower has an adjustable-height head.

Cabin Units A/C/D have enlarged patios and spacious interiors. The restrooms are smaller with no grab-bars for the toilet. 

Picnic Areas 

The first picnic area on the ‘Big Loop’ offers two handicap parking spaces with a pathway leading past an information board and water fountain to three accessible picnic sites and a playground. This shady area provides plenty of seating and has an accessible vault toilet located conveniently nearby.

Accessible SymbolEnclosed Shelter #1 
  • The shelter has mostly level, paved parking for easy access. Space allows for 75 people and provides lights, electricity, a kitchen and accessible restroom. Two group grills are located outside under shelter. 
Shelters #2 and #3
  • While having mostly level, paved parking, these shelters have not been modified for accessibility. They have seating for 36 and provide a group grill and water fountain.
Shelter #4 ‘The Point Shelter’
  • This shelter has one signed parking space adjacent to an accessible restroom and a pathway linking amenities. The shelter may also be reached by railed steps. Seating can accommodate 69 people, but tables are not accessible for wheelchairs. Two group grills, electrical outlets and lights are provided. A playground is located nearby and has a signed parking space and pathway. An accessible vault toilet is available for off-season use.

Accessible SymbolFishing Dock 

An accessible fishing dock is located between the second and third picnic shelters. Signed parking and a paved path are provided. The dock is covered for shade.


Accessible SymbolCampground #1 
  • This wooded campground offers one basic and two electric accessible sites, which include a paved pad, extended-end table, pedestal grill, fire ring and lantern post. 
  • Showerhouse #1 has one striped parking space adjacent to an access aisle. Inside are side-transfer toilets, accessible lavatories, lowered mirrors, electric hand dryers and roll-in showers with lowered clotheshooks. Electric outlets are within easy reach. An accessible kiosk provides park information.
  • The dump station and the sand-based playground have not been modified for access at this time.
  • The amphitheater has paved parking; however, access is over natural turf. The structure has not been modified.
Campground #2
  • This campground has had no modifications, save for an accessible vault toilet and water hydrant. The dump station is more accessible than in Campground #1.


The parking is mostly level and paved; however, the path to the change house has a 7.7% slope. From there, a series of railed steps lead to the sand beach. The change house has a water fountain in the common area. The restrooms have side-transfer toilets, lowered coat hooks, accessible lavatories and electric hand dryers. Large change rooms are provided.

Accessible SymbolBeach Area Shelter House 
  • One handicap parking space allows easy entry into this shelter overlooking Forest Lake. Seating accommodates 48 people plus room at the table ends. An accessible water hydrant and a group grill are provided. A vault toilet, located in the beach parking lot, has been constructed to be accessible to all users.

Petroglyph Shelter

Level, paved parking is available with a signed space adjacent to the accessible vault toilet. An information kiosk contains park information and an introduction to the Petroglyphs. From this lot, a series of steps lead to the petroglyph shelter. Alternatively, an accessible paved path may be taken. The trailhead is located at the end of Campground #2, where a parking space is marked. It is approximately 1/8-mile long.

Special-Use Area

Located along a ridge top, some of this area is level. Tables are provided on natural turf with gravel parking. The water fountain and portable toilet are not accessible. Some sites have fire rings and lantern posts.

For more information, contact the park:

Thousand Hills State Park
20431 State Highway 157
Kirksville, MO 63501-7069
1-800-379-2419 TDD

Last updated: May 2022