The marina at Thousand Hills State Park rents kayaks, paddle boats, canoes, pontoon boats, fishing boats, and ski boats.
Forest Lake offers a popular destination for fishing, water skiing, swimming and boating.
Explore Native American rock carvings at Thousand Hills State Park.
Take a scenic drive through Thousand Hills State Park.
From hiking, to boating, to fishing and much more, northeast Missouri provides a wide range of opportunities for outdoor recreation as well as numerous outdoor events. Here are some highlights you can explore around Kirksville and the surrounding area.
- Thousand Hills State Park
With hiking trails, fishing, boating and camping, Thousand Hills is like a mini Lake of the Ozarks. Kayaks and canoes are popular year-round, and the swim beach provides an inviting place to cool off during the summer months.
- Hazel Creek Lake
People travel from several states to fish this 530-acre lake because of the musky and bigger bass. It’s also a popular place for kayaking as well as hunting waterfowl.
- City Parks
Several city parks are located around Kirksville. Rotary Park, one of the most popular parks, has picnic shelters and an amphitheater, as well as disc golf course and a snow sledding area.
- Forest Lake Area Trail System (FLATS)
An all-volunteer community organization, FLATS organizes fun events for runners, bikers, walkers and much more.
- Jackson Country Connection
An agritourism destination, this outdoor entertainment center features a giant corn maze, pumpkin patch, educational activities, farm store and more for families and groups in September, October, and November.
- Lost Branch Blueberry Farm
This pick-your-own blueberry farm located around six miles from Kirksville is one of the largest blueberry farms in northeast Missouri.
- Kirksville Country Club
Offerings for members include a challenging 18-hole golf course, driving range, swimming pool, pro shop, lounge, and other amenities.
Check out our Truman Wellness website for more physical activity ideas!