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Fox Ridge State Park, IL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Oct 16 2014   Later Dates


Fox Ridge State Park, just 8 miles south of Charleston in east central Illinois is known for its steep, thickly wooded ridges, broad, lush valleys and miles of rugged, scenic hiking trails. In sharp contrast to the flat prairies of most of this section of Illinois, Fox Ridge is set amid rolling hills along the forested bluffs of the Embarras (pronounced River.At any time of year, Fox Ridge State Park is a great place to visit. In winter, the snow softened ridges are alive with birds and animals. In the spring, a panoramic blanket of multi-hued wildflowers and blooming, budding trees celebrate the resurgence of growth. By summer the dense vegetation and new generation of wildlife are thriving in the sun, and autumn brings its brilliant display of color as nature enhances the woodlands with yellow, red, purple and orange.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Field Sports/Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting
  • Nature Center
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Programs, Nature
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • River/Stream
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Volleyball
  • Walking
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Dining
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Motel
  • Nature Study
  • Newspapers
  • Orchard/Produce Farm
  • Propane
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Medical Clinic
  • Winery Tours
Alerts and Important Information
  • Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.
  • A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.
  • Please note Fox Ridge State Park Shelters during the month of October will be opened from 8:30 am to Sunset.

    Mushroom Hunters be aware Spring shotgun turkey hunting over laps this popular pastime contract site for details for your safety. Ridge lake (a Research Lake) is open for fishing from Memorial Day to Labor day Th- Sun by reservation only, from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. It is closed at ALL other times. For a reservation call 217-345-6490. Summer interpretation programs are sponsored by the Fox Ridge Foundation. It occurs at the park office on weekends from Memorial day to labor day.
    If renting a cabin call park office three days prior to arrival for directions on picking up key
    For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 217-345-6416

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    39.4025, -88.13722
    39°24'9"N, 88°8'14"W

    From I70 take the Greenup/Charleston exit 119. Go North towards Charleston on Route 130 13 mi. Park is on the left. From I57 take the Charleston Mattoon Exit 190. Go East towards Charleston on Route 16. In Charleston go south on Route 130 for 6 mi. the park is on the right.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Fox Ridge State Park
    18175 State Park Road
    Charleston IL 61920

    Phone Number:

    Information: (217)345-6416

    Special Events:

      The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

    • Girls IHSA class A and AA annual Statewide Track meet. from May 20 2010 to May 22 2010
    • Boys IHSA class A and AA annual Statewide Track meet from May 27 2010 to May 29 2010
    • Home football game, concert, college open house from Oct 01 2010 to Oct 03 2010
    • College home football game with parade very popular event from Oct 22 2010 to Oct 24 2010