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.

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.

Beach hours

2018 Season

May 25 through Sept. 3
10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Daily


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