Missouri Outdoors

Forest Lake At Thousand Hills State Park

Forest Lake At Thousand Hills

Thousand Hills State Park is located in Adair County, Missouri,  just over 3 miles west of Kirksville, Missouri. The 3,215 acres  park was established in 1952and include the 703-acre Forrest Lake.


Two campgrounds, 57 campsites total, are available at Forest Lake. Campground One is open April through October each year offering both basic and electric campsites along with modern restrooms, RV dump station, showers, water, and playground. Campground Two is open year-round and offers the same amenities as Campground One with the exception that all campsites are electric.


In addition to campsites, Thousand Hills State Park features seven duplex cabins available for rental. All cabins overlook Forrest Lake and are within easy walking distance of both the marina / dining lodge area and the swimming beach. Each unit is fully heated and air-conditioned with full bath, picnic table, patio, kitchen, barbecue grill, TV, towels & linen.


Boats with outboard motors up to 90 horsepower are allowed, along with canoes and small sailboats. All private boats must have a city permit, which can be purchased for a nominal daily or seasonal fee at the marina. A fully equipped marina offering boat and equipment rentals along with convenience store grocery items is available.


The most common fish species found in Forest Lake are large-mouth bass, walleye, crappie, and channel catfish.


A large swimming beach with lifeguard, snack bar, changing areas and showers are open daily May 28 to September 6 from 1pm to 6pm, weather permitting.


Over sixty picnic sites, four open shelters, and one enclosed shelter are available. Two large playground areas are located near picnicking areas as well.

Hiking & Biking

The park features several hiking trails suited for a variety of experience levels. A six-mile mountain biking/hiking trail can also be found.