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.
- Aquatic Center
Featuring both indoor and outdoor pools, the Kirksville Aquatic Center offers recreational and educational swimming opportunities. Rotary Park, which is home to the Aquatic Center, also has picnic shelters, snow sledding area, amphitheater, and disc golf course.
- 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!