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Fall is a fantastic time to visit Williamson County. You will find many seasonal and year-round attractions to explore with the whole family. See the landscape in its purest form at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.  There are many opportunities for wildlife viewing along the shoreline of its scenic waterways and natural areas.  Take a boat ride and drift along Little Grassy Lake, the most scenic lake in Southern Illinois, and gaze at 1,000 acres of crystal-clear waters. Rocky Bluff Trail is very popular with visitors for its beautiful waterfalls and sandstone cliffs.

Bring the kids to one of many indoor and outdoor venues that offer entertainment for all ages.  Spend a Fall afternoon at Bandy’s Pumpkin Patch enjoying high-energy activities like running through the corn maze and exploring the play barn.

Are you up for an adventure?  Step-out of your comfort zone and into the pit at the Southern Illinois Raceway.  After a long day of fun, cool-down at The HUB Recreation Center. Then relax in the lazy river while the kids swirl down the two-story water slide! 

Uncover a region full of rich history, diverse culture and hidden treasures around every corner.  The Williamson County Historical Museum is the perfect place to get lost in and study the chronicles of our century-old coal mining roots and unique artifacts.  Stroll through our downtown areas and observe the colorful murals that celebrate the heritage of our communities and unearth the fresh artistic presence at the Hartley Art Gallery or Little Egypt Arts Association.  Catch a theatrical performance at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center which showcases the talents of local and national acts and the vibrant artistic scene that resonates on stage.  

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift?  Grab your coffee at Crown Brew Coffee Co. and swing by Irons in the Fire Mercantile to pick-up some homemade goods and unique selections to match every taste and style.  Shop for vintage clothing at one of many lavish stores such as Perfectly Posh Boutique & Gifts or Eccentrics Boutique.  You can also find a plethora of eclectic and modern relics from our large collection of antique dealers scattered throughout the region.  Experience true southern charm and hospitality at its finest as you taste mouth-watering barbecue at 17th Street Bar & Grill or top-notch cuisine at 20’s Hideout Steakhouse.  From pub fare to fine dining, you can indulge in a true culinary experience with a savory flavor sure to satisfy every appetite.

Sports fans and athletes can explore a range of opportunities to participate in competitions at first class facilities.  Southern Illinois Miners Baseball and Southern Illinois Roller Derby are popular activities.  Many local and regional sporting events bring in fans and participants from across the country.

Williamson County also has some of the finest hunting in the Midwest.  Waterfowl seasons run from September to February and additional hunting seasons are open throughout the year.  Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and the Forest provide various scenic waterways, numerous hardwood forests, and secluded marshy areas that are home to all types of wildlife.  The state of Illinois sets hunting seasons and fishing regulations annually. Guided Services are available for both hunting and fishing to give you the ultimate outdoor adventure! 

Want to kick back and relax? Enjoy the scenic settings of our relaxing vineyards while sampling a glass of the region’s award-winning wine at Walker’s Bluff Winery.  Unwind in the Tasting Room or go “down the rabbit hole” for a more intimate feel in the Wine Cave.  There is something for everyone here in Southern Illinois. Map out your next adventure in Williamson County!