Fox Ridge State Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Services: Dog Walking
Description

The Fox Ridge State Park is an outdoor recreational facility near Charleston in Oregon. The two thousand acre, hilly and forested area provides a sharp contrast to the region's more common and flatter prairie lands. Pet parents may take their fur family to the park so long as they are kept on a short leash at all times. 

There are numerous resources in the park for fishing, hunting, picnicking and camping. For pet owners who want to give their pup some serious leg exercise, this is a great place to visit as there are eight individual trails running through the park. There are forest hikes as well as riverside walks as the Embarras River also winds its way through the park. 

Not all the trails are graded as easy but the ones which aren't have been furnished with benches so walkers can take a rest if they need to. All trails are signposted so a hiker can judge the level of difficulty before setting out along the path. Keen photographers who want to start a photographic collection will enjoy the scenic wooden bridges on the trails and the wildlife which abounds in the undergrowth.

The Fox Ridge State Park also has a stretch of fresh water known as Ridge Lake which a good spot to cast a line and hook, but reservations must be made before going fishing. For a great aquatic experience, it's possible to launch a canoe from either of the two docks and paddle down or upstream on the Embarras River for around five miles.

For visitors to the park who'd like to stay longer, camping spots are available which are pet-friendly, but dogs are not permitted to stay in either of the two cabins in the park. The park is open for camping during the winter although the shower facility closes from November through to mid-April.

Address
18175 State Park Rd
Charleston, IL 61920
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Special Hours

Winter hours - 8:30 AM - 5 PM.

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Address
18175 State Park Rd
Charleston, IL 61920
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Special Hours

Winter hours - 8:30 AM - 5 PM.