Thousand Hills State Park

Park Information

Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors, volunteers and staff. We ask our visitors to view our Park Hours to confirm operating hours. A full list of temporary closures can be found here. The latest information from Missouri State Parks on COVID-19 can be found here.

All concession operations are fully open and follow social-distancing guidelines. Masks are currently required due to a county mandate. See https://www.thousandhillskirksville.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/ThousandHillsKirksville/ for more 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

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

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 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., daily, year-round.

Beach hours

Season: May 28 through Sept. 6
10 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily