Outdoor Adventure


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.

Area Attractions

  • 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!

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