Outdoor Recreation
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Williamson County is a regional destination for a wide variety of high-quality outdoor recreation and sporting events.  Visitors can experience exceptional fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, hiking scenic trails, cycling (on and off-road), camping, swimming, and picnicking.  Enjoy easy access to a national wildlife refuge, a national forest, our great lakes, and local parks.

Arrowhead Lake Nature Trail

1600 Peterson Avenue
Johnston City, IL 62951
Phone: 618-983-3535
The 2.13-mile nature trail with numerous slopes, winds around the peaceful Arrowhead Lake adjacent to the Campground.  The trail is rocked with benches along the route for resting.  Walkers and bikers are welcome as well as pets on a leash.  Water fountains (for humans and pets) available during the summer season, restrooms available year round.  Parking, playground and picnic area is adjacent to the nature trail.  Hours are from sunrise to sunset.

Cambria Park Start! Walking Path

600 South Maple Street
Cambria, IL 62915
Phone: 618-985-6082
This is an asphalted, ½-mile, well-lit path in the center of town.  The path is very child friendly and surrounds a playground.  Restrooms are available.  Parking lot accessible.  No pets please.

Cannon Park Start! Walking Path

Cannon Drive
Carterville, IL 62918
Phone: 618-985-2252
Located on the Northwest edge of Cannon Park, just north of the Harrison Bruce Annex/Carterville Community Center.  The walking path is approximately 0.6 miles, asphalted, well lit, and beautifully landscaped.  Bring your kids and let them fish in the pond, or skate at the skate park—both very close by.  Parking and restrooms are available.  Runners and walkers are welcome, no dogs please.

Carterville's Got Heart!

101 South Division Street
Carterville, IL 62918
Phone: 618-985-2252
This 1-mile walking path gives you the opportunity to check out historic downtown Carterville.  Make sure to take a moment and look closely at the antique architectural features that still grace many of our buildings.  Most of these buildings house modern businesses including a furniture store, cabinet company, daycare center and even our city government.  This well lit path is completely paved and pets are welcome.

Energy Bruce Park Start! Walking Path

100 Front Street
Energy, IL 62933
Phone: 618-942-6212
The park, boasting covered pavilions, basketball courts, softball fields and plenty of children’s playground equipment, is ringed by a paved and lighted ½-mile walking track.  The track encircles the entire park and has a gentle slope on the northern end.  Park hours are from sun-up to sundown.

Herrin Downtown Start! Walking Path

3 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: 618-942-5163
Begin at the Chamber office to pick-up your Healthy Herrin Passport to participate in the Healthy Herrin Program.  This 1.66-mile path goes through Downtown Herrin and is marked by Start! Walking Path signs on both sides of the street and in some downtown Herrin business windows.  The Herrin Chamber of Commerce’s Healthy Herrin Program encourages you to utilize the path during daylight hours and to help keep the path clear of debris by placing trash in the receptacles on the corners along the path... More »

Herrin Hospital Start! Walking Path

201 South 14th Street
Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: 618-942-2171
The 0.4-mile walking path at Herrin Hospital begins at the main entrance and continues on sidewalks and pavement throughout the hospital campus.

Herrin Park District Start! Walking Path

1010 North 5th Street
Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: 618-942-3548
Herrin Park District located just off Herrin Road welcomes you to get fit on their well-lit, paved Start! Walking Path.  Walkers and runners can begin their 1-mile journey at the park or the Herrin Bruce Sports Complex.  There are benches for resting along the way and restrooms at the beginning of the path within the park.  Leashed pets are welcome.

Serenity Trail (Rotary of Williamson County Heartland)

3333 West DeYoung Street
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-922-0403
This 0.6-mile paved walking surface is located behind Heartland Regional Medical Center at the southeast corner of the hospital.  Located off Route 13 on Old Bainbridge Trail, go past the main hospital entrance and turn left into the second entrance, which goes to the back (southeast corner).  Walkers can park in the employee parking lot where they will find the path surrounding a 2-acre pond.  We recommend walking during daylight hours, as there is no lighting for nighttime walkers... More »

Williamson County Regional Airport Start! Walking Path

10400 Terminal Drive
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-993-3353
This path starts on Airport Drive and runs east down Express Drive to Rent All.  If you walk all the way to Rent All and back, you’ve walked ½-mile!  The road is paved, there are two restaurants, and airport restrooms are easily accessible.  Use this walking path during the day, as there are no lights.  It is a great path for employees working along or near Express Drive.



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