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A message from the CEO

Fast growing Williamson County in Southern Illinois beckons travelers and visitors as a regional destination for high-quality outdoor recreation, sports events, cultural attractions, family entertainment and hospitality. Long known as the ‘Goose Capital’ of the world for our outstanding goose hunting, today visitors also come from throughout the Midwest to explore our renown lakes and natural areas; enjoy our high quality athletics activities and year-round special events; discover our history and attractive shopping; and unwind at one of our 100-plus restaurants, 19 area wineries and 24 hotels, motels, cabins and bed and breakfasts.

Located at the intersection of Interstates 24, 57 and Illinois Route 13, Williamson County is home to the largest collection of shopping, lodging, wineries and eating establishments in Southern Illinois. Numerous nearby tourist attractions include the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Shawnee National Forest, and Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

The communities of Williamson County have evolved from a collection of coal mining company towns founded in the mid-1800s into a group of small but growing historical centers offering visitors a variety of cultural and historical activities. Our special brand of hospitality is warm and friendly. Visitors can choose from a rustic country inn and quaint bed and breakfasts to the national hotel brands that many travelers come to expect in convenient locations.

Our year-round calendar of events celebrates our rich culture, outdoors, sports, music, communities and traditions. Sports fans and athletes alike enjoy numerous opportunities to watch and participate in amateur and professional competitions at first-class facilities. Golfers have four high-quality yet affordable golf courses to choose from, including two that host several amateur and professional golf tournaments each year. Hiking and biking are very popular outdoor activities in Williamson County, with more than 1,250 miles of roads and trails for hiking, biking, running or a quiet stroll.

Williamson County also has some of the finest game bird, waterfowl, deer, turkey and small game hunting in the Midwest. We are also the premier destination for anglers in Southern Illinois, attracting professional and amateur fishermen alike, with our popular lakes, annual fishing tournaments and year-round fishing opportunities.

Enjoy the best that Southern Illinois offers. Explore, discover and unwind in Williamson County!

Shannon Johnson, CEO

(Williamson County Tourism Bureau)
1602 Sioux Dr.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-3690

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