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.
  • 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!

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