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Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Oakwood

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Kickapoo State Recreation Area is an Illinois state park on in Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. Located just outside Danville, Illinois, this park is easily accessible through route I-74. It is away from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and from Indianapolis. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the name Kickapoo originated from the Kickapoo village that once existed near the junction of the Salt Fork and Middle Fork branches of the Vermilion River. After Europeans settled in the area and displaced the Native Americans, the Europeans began to dig wells to harvest salt from salt springs, called salines. In the early 20th century the land was then strip-mined for coal. Kickapoo State Park was the first park in the United States to be located on strip-mined land. The state of Illinois purchased the Kickapoo State Park Area in 1939 with donation money from Danville residents and the land has since recovered from the extraction of these resources.Today, Kickapoo State Park has of ponds and lakes with nearly of hiking trails for many types of recreational activities including camping, canoeing, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking, and fishing. In the winter season, ice fishing and cross-country skiing are popular pastimes for visitors to the park. Campsites are available year-round with RV and electric hookups available. There are 22 deep water ponds which are accessible to electric motor boats, canoes, and kayaks. Visitors to the park may rent a canoe or kayak to paddle down the Vermilion River, which runs through the center Kickapoo State Park. Horseback riding and scuba diving are also allowed within the park.
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  • The area had been stripped mined and then reverted to nature. There are horse trails and mountain bike trails and hiking trails. There are ponds for kayaks and canoes. and a lovely campground. This is...  more »
  • did some hiking on the trails about a week ago. they are fairly well maintained but could use better markings. not many people out in the fall which makes it even better for visiting. very pretty and ...  more »
  • We camped in the tent camping area that had the ancient out houses. That is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. I don't mind pit toilets but these were awful. I prefer the newer, larger cinder b...  more »
  • Great park especially for fishing! Nice trails and campgrounds. We had a good time!
  • Took the canoe trip (35$) on the second half of the river (8 miles about 3-4 hours) it was fun and we fit 2 people and 2 dogs and snacks in the canoe.
  • Went here in the winter when it warmed up a bit. The trails are great. They aren't too well defined, but it's definitely obvious where they are. It's a good mix of direction and immersion. The scenery was beautiful and the lakes were pretty. Only downside is that the roads are close by and passing cars can be heard while on the trails
  • Great park for seeing nature. The other day we saw Deer, birds, and mama turkey with baby turkeys
  • Had a great time for our family day at the fair/ demo derby :)