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Sporting Facilities/Fitness

We have ample recreational activities and our community for the entire family.

Center For Healthy Living at Sarah Bush Lincoln

Dancelife Center
The DanceLife Center,was established in 2010 to continue and enhance the legacy of quality dance instruction in East Central Illinois.

Mattoon Area Family YMCA
This wonderful facility is newly expanded and renovated and offers a wide array of programs, including youth sports, swim lessons, a competitive youth swim team, water exercise, fitness, day camp and adult sports.

Mattoon Academy of Gymnastics & Dance

The Mattoon Academy offers gymnastics, dance, tumble & cheer.

Eastern Illinois University Rec Center
The wonderful facility is home to exercise enthusiasts.

24-Hour Gyms
Throughout the region, you'll find plenty of 24-hour gyms and exercise facilities.

Lakeview Trails at Lake Charleston
Hiking and mountain bike trails encompass the lake with a paved, flat section on the east side of the lake. There are 3 access points to the trails at Sister City Park, Woodyard Conservation Area and at the lake. Trails connect to the Warbler Ridge Conservation area.

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail 
Whether you want to quietly pedal or jog briskly, the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail is an excellent place to experience sights between Mattoon and Charleston. The flat trail, with several access points, features 12 miles of paved surface for jogging, walking, equestrian riding and biking.

Trek Trail - Effingham
The TREC trail system is a public trail designed to create recreational opportunities. The trails provide a great place for visitors to exercise, whether it is riding bikes, roller blading, or walking.

Youth Recreation
Locally operated by a volunteer board of directors, the local sporting activities include softball, baseball, soccer, swimming, tennis, basketball and so much more.

Just north in Champaign is the home to the Illinois Marathon in which runners finish the race on the 50-yard-line in Memorial Stadium.


Fore! Golf is a favorite hobby of many and there are multiple courses on which to play depending on your talent and preferences. Lessons and leagues are available at nearly all of them.

Bent Tree Golf Course
Public 18-hole golf course. 

Charleston Country Club
Private 18-hole golf course

Charleston Driving Range

Mattoon Golf & Country Club
Private 18-hole golf course

Meadowview Golf Course 
Public 18-hole golf course