Williamson County in Southern Illinois is part of the commonly known “Little Egypt” area of the state with cultural and geographic characteristics that positively differ from the rest of the state. For many years, residents and visitors alike have been attracted to it for its picturesque rural areas with plenty of parks, rivers, lakes and wildlife which offer high quality outdoor recreation activities. But, the county has also emerged as a prime destination for regional shopping, dining, business, entertainment and wine trails, and it is now one of the fastest growing counties of the state. Its county seat, Marion, is popularly known as the “hub of the universe” for its vibrant economy and the opportunities it offers.
Outdoor enthusiasts can visit “Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge” to see the oak-hickory forest and open water areas. Also, you can take tours to see animals such as the bald eagle which has successfully started to increase its population after many years of conservationist efforts. Wine lovers have the nearby “Shawnee Hills” which is the first official American Viticultural Area of Illinois and comprises of 11 wineries. Besides the wine tasting experience, you can enjoy activities for all ages and every taste of the family like hiking the Pomona Natural Bridge, horseback riding at the Giant City Stables or biking one of the nine scenic trail options at Tunnel Hill Bike Trail, just to name a few. The shopping experience has been taken to a new level with big malls like Illinois Star Centre Mall which has recognized brands like Dillard’s, Target and Sears. If you like antiques you can go after hidden treasures in Asbury’s Jewelry & Antiques or Court Street Antiques.
Educational opportunities in the county are abundant and an intradistrict choice is available. Children can attend any school in the county. There are public, private and charter schools for all levels from elementary up to high school. For post secondary school, students can stay in the county and pursue their dreams in one of the four colleges available like Southern Illinois University which is one of the top 100 research institutions in the world with the main campus located just 15 miles to the west. There is also Logan College which is home of the Center for Business and Industry which offers training for local companies.
Williamson County has everything you need to live, work and play. Construction of new homes has also increased in the last years and you can continue to search the house of your dreams through New Home Source. Prices start at mid 100’s up to high 200’s.