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Recreation

Fish, hunt, swim, go boating, water skiing, biking, camping, golfing or simply take a walk through Illinois South.

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BIKE & WALKING TRAILS

No matter what the season, you can enjoy our sporting and outdoor activities. Maybe it’s time to ride your bike or take a walk on dozens of neighborhood trails.

GOLF COURSES

Don’t forget to pack your clubs! There are more than 45 golf courses to choose from in Illinois South. Several are ranked by Golf Digest.

HUNTING & FISHING

Some of the best deer, waterfowl and other game hunting in the Midwest can be found in our rural areas. Anglers will find a challenge on area lakes and rivers, so get in touch with the locals as you plan your next trip.

PARKS & LAKES

Explore open land, forests, lakes and rivers for fishing, hunting, swimming, boating or simply taking a walk. Our green spaces are really something to see!

SPORTS COMPLEXES

The Tourism Bureau offers tournament support services including lodging, area information handouts, registration help, etc. Call us when you are planning your next event. We’ll help make it the best ever!

FAIRGROUNDS

Visit Fairgrounds all across Southern Illinois!

ORCHARDS

Pile into the wagon and ride out to the orchards and fields to pick-your-own fruit and vegetables in season. Buy straight from the grower for the freshest produce you’ve ever tasted.

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993 County Rd. 600 E. Albion IL 62806 Edwards
618-839-6940618-839-6940

A professional guide and outfitters specializing in whitetail deer and more are available at this hunting lodge.

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3933 Ahne Rd. Waterloo IL 62298 Monroe
618-939-7800618-939-7800
Granite City IL 62040 St. Clair

The 1.25 mile paved trail encircles a 74-acre park.

Randolph County IL Randolph

This trail stretches across 6,800 miles and 15 U.S. states. It’s perfect for hiking and bike riding through Randolph County.

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7859 S. Rt. 37 Kinmundy IL 62854 Marion
217-690-3367217-690-3367

American Obstacle, Inc. is an outdoor adventure park for people that want to be a little extreme right here in Illinois.
Open since 2011, American Obstacle offers zipline packages, outdoor tactical laser tag, kayaking, rock wall, and team building.
Come for a couple of hours or spend the entire day – your choice.
Reservations recommended
Gift certificates available (great gifts)

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1524 Birdie Ln. Waterloo IL 62298 Monroe
618-939-4653618-939-4653
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200 Arlington Dr. Granite City IL 62040 Madison
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156 Hwy. E. 15 Keenes IL 62851 Wayne
618-732-8558618-732-8558

There is a large variety of heirloom and hybrid vegetables – over 100 varieties of tomatoes plus berries, fruits and flowers.

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471 Jasper Rd. Centralia IL 62801 Marion
618-822-6169618-822-6169

Pick berries, peaches, apples and pumpkins for fresh produce and baked goods.

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200 S. Belt East Belleville IL 62221 St. Clair

Check the calendar for major events like huge craft shows, a variety of consumer shows and monthly flea markets.

120 N. Jackson St. Belleville IL St. Clair
618-233-8490618-233-8490

Two beautiful historic buildings offer a unique setting with a specialty menu for all your special occasions.

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R.R. 2 Box 91 Lawrenceville IL 62439 Lawrence

Pick your own or buy from the roadside stand from late June to the last of July.

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Rt. 33 Russellville IL 62439 Lawrence
618-928-2115618-928-2115

Pick your own blueberries or purchase them at the roadside stand from 5/1/12 to 6/30/12

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1725 S. Broadway Breese IL 62230 Clinton
618-526-8181618-526-8181
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1000 South Hancock Street, McLeansboro, IL. Hamilton County
618-927-2624618-927-2624

Scenic and sought-after, the Big Red Barn offers a covered bridge, mill house and lake in a rustic, natural setting. Inside seating for 250 people and a dance floor of 650 square feet are available and open year-round for weddings, reunions, corporate, and family events.

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10505 N. 1400 St. Newton IL 62448 Jasper
618-783-3251618-783-3251

Stop by for fresh strawberries May-June, and peaches from July-August.

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2765 Turkey Hill Ln. Belleville IL 62221 St. Clair
618-233-4059618-233-4059

Blackberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, tomatoes and eggplant are specialties.

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R.R. 2 Brownstown IL 62418 Fayette
618-427-5264618-427-5264

The 3-D Archery Range is a mile-long trek through the woods. The full-service Archery Pro Shop offers a complete line of bowhunting and target archery equipment.

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7680 N. 1540th St., Marshall, IL Clark County
217-279-3585217-279-3585

Guided tours for white tail deer, quail, pheasant and chucker (in season) are available or hunt or fish on your own. Cabins sleep 4 – 6 people and the banquet hall can accommodate up to 160. The facility is open year round; reservations are required.

1643 N. Higgin Switch Rd. Noble IL 62868 Richland
618-723-2361618-723-2361

Just eleven miles from Olney, this facility features deer, turkey and other small game hunting. It is also available for meetings and events.

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11717 State Rt. 127 Carlyle IL 62231 Clinton
618-594-2758618-594-2758
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Carlyle IL 62231 Clinton
618-594-2484618-594-2484

The trail runs from the Carlyle Lake Visitor’s Center (Trailhead) east for 10 miles across the Carlyle Lake/Kaskaskia River Dam and the saddle dams. The surface is black top and concrete with some crushed rock surface on the eastern end.

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883 County Rd. 1350 N. Carmi IL 62821 White
618-384-5011618-384-5011
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203 NE 13th St, Casey, Clark County, IL, United States

The World’s Largest Golf Tee was constructed out of various widths of yellow pine wood, 60 gallons of glue and 120 lb of screws. The 6659 lb project took six months to complete. Future plans for the Golf Tee are to add an 18 foot diameter golf ball to the top of the Golf Tee and allow golfers to tee off from the inside.

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115 E. Second St. Centralia IL 62801 Marion

Fitness rooms, a walking track, competition size indoor pool with a waterslide, gym and meeting space make this a favorite spot.

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1310 Lehmen Dr. Chester IL 62233 Randolph
618-826-3168618-826-3168
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15084 N. 4th Ave., Coffeen, IL. Montgomery County
217-537-3351217-537-3351

The lake and certain lands are open to the public for recreational activities, fishing, boating, picnicking and hunting. A large variety of fish, birds and wildlife can be found.

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Old 51 S. Rd. Sandoval IL 62882 Marion
618-247-3307618-247-3307
1655 Columbia Bridges Dr. Columbia IL 62236 Monroe
618-281-3900618-281-3900
125 AA Rd. Columbia IL 62236 Monroe
618-286-4455618-286-4455
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100 W Walker St, McLeansboro, IL. Hamilton County
618-643-2723618-643-2723

The site of city fairs and social events in the 1840s, it now it offers croquet games and putting practice.

Granite City IL 62040 Madison

This 19-mile asphalt/oil & chip trail offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River and Clark Bridge while running along the river and canal, from Russel Commons Park in Alton to 20th Street in Granite City.

511 Buckeye Rd. Flora IL 62839 Clay
618-662-2956618-662-2956

A guide will show you the best places to hunt white tail deer on 280 beautiful acres. Cabins on the property are available for rent and bowhunting only is allowed.

12609 E 1700th Ave, Hutsonville, Crawford County, IL 62433, United States

One mile south of Hutsonville Road, west 1 mile, 1,129 acres, restrooms, 8 stocked ponds, hiking & horseback tracks, seasonal hunting, ranger on duty, closes at dusk, no camping.

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Robinson, Crawford County, IL, United States
618-544-2350618-544-2350

Located in Washington Park Complex. Corner of Condit & Prairie St. in Robinson. 9 hole, par 3 course, pro shop, rentals, open to the public.

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14144 Old US Highway 50 , Lawrenceville, IL 62839, USA

Open for fall family activities at the pumpkin patch, Sept. 30-Oct. 29. Day activities are every Sat. 12-5 and Sun. 1-5. The activities include a choo choo train, inflatable, 20 foot slide, gold mine, corn box, gourd slingshot, small fence maze, hayride, hay maze, corn maze,hillbilly golf, obstacle course, and several small additional activities. All activities are inclusive for the $8 admission. Additional purchases might be refreshments at the concession stand, pumpkins, gourds, and straw. U-pick available. NEW: Haunted Corn Maze- Friday, Oct. 27& Sat., Oct. 28–7:30-10:30 pm. Cash only please.

E. South St. Du Quoin IL 62832 Perry
618-542-4744618-542-4744

football, baseball and softball fields

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655 Executive Dr. Du Quoin IL 62832 Perry
618-542-1515618-542-1515

The picturesque 1,600 acres offers hiking, fishing, picnicking and over 1,500 camping hook-ups. The fairground is host to major equestrian events, RV conventions, motocross races, monster truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, the Du Quoin State Fair and more.

2651 Quarry Rd. DuBois IL 62831 Washington
618-787-2202618-787-2202

Nestled in 308 wooded acres with two lakes and countless trails, the center offers camping and a Retreat and Conference Center. Year-round lodging in Oak Lodge, Hickory Lodge or the Cottages is available for individuals and groups. A large number of activities are available for team building, retreats, reunions or other gatherings.

Chouteau Island Chouteau Island IL Madison
618-566-4451618-566-4451

The seven-mile trail runs from Chain of Rocks Road south to the southernmost tip of the Island.

– Arena – 5311 N. Silver Rd. . Olney IL 62450 Richland

A wide variety of fish draw anglers for sport fishing and tournaments. About five miles of trails are behind the dam, and the White Squirrel Saddles Club has an arena here. They host events and have open horse shows, sanctioned events and conduct a Gaitway to Motion program.

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5636 E. Branchwood Ln. Olney IL 62450 Richland
618-395-3505618-395-3505
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951 S. Green Mount Rd. Belleville IL 62221 St. Clair; Also in Millstadt, and Grafton, IL.

Home of the largest pick-your-own orchard in the United States, Eckert’s extensive greenhouse, restaurant and country store offer something for the entire family.

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1400 Eiler Rd. Belleville IL 62223 St. Clair
618-538-5826618-538-5826
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1900 Columbia Quarry Rd. Columbia IL 62236 Monroe
618-281-7773618-281-7773
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701 N. W. Ninth St. Fairfield IL 62837 Wayne
618-847-7222618-847-7222
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13107 Niemeyer Rd, Butler. Montgomery County IL
217-556-2016217-556-2016

This complete sporting clays facility has 12 stations and welcomes individuals or groups. Call for seasonal hours.

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2346 Mascoutah Ave. Belleville IL 62220 St. Clair
618- 277-7111618- 277-7111

This 60,000 ft. facility has indoor/outdoor fields for gymnastics, soccer, basketball, volleyball or almost any sport.

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419 Old Collinsville Rd. Caseyville IL 62232 St. Clair
618-628-2900618-628-2900
Charlie Brown Park, Rt. 2 Flora IL 62839 Clay
618-662-2589618-662-2589

This association hosts over a dozen events each year, including Purina Nationals, PKC and UKC hunts.

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121 Golf Course Ln. Flora IL 62839 Clay
618-662-2500618-662-2500
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