Thousand Hills Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kirksville, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
528 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

Thousand Hills Trails natural surface and route through hilly, rugged wooded terrain make it popular with mountain bikers. The trail passes through and along savanna restoration units and at times along Forest Lake.

hiking
29 days ago

I'm not sure I would rate this as "Hard," but it's definitely rugged (and certainly hard if you do the entire 10.5mile trail!). Blazed in orange, with white connector trail blazes.
I found the trailhead from the main road, easy to spot. Small gravel parking lot at the TH, and others parked on the road's shoulder. I loved being alongside the lake for the nice views for nearly all of my hike. I completed 3 miles one way, then turned around to return to the TH to leave. I'd like to visit again and complete more of the trail, perhaps from a different TH. Pretty fall leaves, very quiet, and I spotted a huge blue heron gliding along the lake shore. It was a bit muddy, but not problematic (lots of rain earlier this month). It's heavily wooded for most of the trail, but it does open up to a big grassy glade that is at the foot of the lake's dam. I crossed this, following some markers, and picked up the orange blazes again. I crossed a few small creeks, nothing too tough.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with fair markings. Mostly flat with overgrown brush from the sides onto the trail. Saw several deer and really like the lake views. Not over crowded so the spider webs were aplenty.

2 days later and my husband and I are miserable with literally hundreds of chigger bites to our legs.

3 months ago

Not marked well . The camping spot is not marked well and it is on the side of a hill . The lake is beautiful
Trail is nice a lot of wild life if you plan to camp use a hammock not a tent .

trail running
Monday, February 20, 2017

I like how convenient it is to Kirksville and it's pretty well marked. It's nice for training distance runs because there are mile markers every 0.5 miles so you can plan exactly how far you want to run before turning around.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Backpacked 5 miles into the remote site, backpacked out this morning. gorgeous trail long the lake. The east half is prettiest if you're only doing one part. The remote sites is beautiful. filtered water out if the pond, there's a cool cave at that site.

backpacking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Trail was not maintained at all. Backcountry campsite was nice. Typical Missouri trail. Lots of weeds and trees. Not too many scenic areas. Will not be coming back

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

Super rainy the entire way, but couldn't have picked a better place to have my first solo overnight trip!

hiking
2 months ago

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6 months ago

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Friday, July 28, 2017

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

recorded lake trail

Sunday, May 07, 2017

backpacking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, July 29, 2015