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Mattoon, Illinois Campgrounds and RV Parks



  1. Lake Mattoon Campground & Marina
  2. Fox Ridge State Park
  3. Wolf Creek State Park Campground
  4. Eagle Creek State Park Campground
  5. Hidden Springs State Forest: Possum Creek
  6. Walnut Point State Park: Fox Squirrel Campground
  7. Walnut Point State Park: Gray Squirrel Campground
  8. Casey KOA
  9. Fairview Park
  10. Sam Parr - State Fish & Wildlife Area Campground
  11. Kuhl's Kozy Kampground
  12. Lincoln Trail State Park: Lakeside Campground
  13. Clinton Lake State Recreation Area Campground
  14. Okaw Valley Kampground
  15. Ramsey Lake State Park: Hickory Grove Campground
  16. Ramsey Lake State Park: White Oak Campground
  17. Weldon Springs State Park Campground
  18. Stephen A. Forbes - State Recreation Area Oak Ridge
  19. Kickapoo State Park: Redear Campground
  20. Kickapoo State Park: Brian Plawer Campground

Mattoon, Illinois

The junction of the Illinois Central Railroad and Terre Haute and Alton Railroad at Mattoon assured its viability as a community from the start and the presence of very fertile prairie soil enhanced this early success. The town was named after William B. Mattoon in 1861 for reasons that are not clear. As the chief construction engineer for the Terre Haute and Alton Railroad, the honor may have fallen to him because his company was the first to arrive at the site. Or it may have been the result of a card game win. Another theory is that the residents hoped for his investment if the center was named after him.

Actress Hope Summers, was born in Mattoon and is best-known for her role as Clara Edwards on the Andy Griffith Show. Before the Lincoln-Douglas debate which took place at the Coles County Fairgrounds, both gentlemen slept in Mattoon. And Arland D. Williams, Jr. was a hero of Air Florida Flight 90 which crashed into a bridge in Virginia. Mr. Williams repeatedly gave up his place on the rescue lines to other survivors before his drowning death. The bridge was renamed after him and an elementary school in Mattoon also bears his name.

  • Douglas-Hart Nature Center
  • Meadowview Golf Course
  • Lincoln Log Cabin

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