Randolph County Economic Development

1 Taylor Street

Chester, Illinois 62233

618.826.5000 Ext 221

618.826.3363 Fax econdev@randolphco.org



The Historic Mary's River Covered Bridge Near Chester

Destination Randolph County

Every year, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Randolph County to visit the Popeye Character Trail in Chester and for the Popeye Festival each September. Others visit to see one of the ten best views in America ... the Mississippi River Valley from the observation deck of the Randolph County Courthouse. April visitors prize the Morel Mushroom and find thousands in the Randolph County region.


There is History here in river tales and stories of the first settlers. There are monuments to these pioneers including Shadrach Bond and Pierre Menard. You can see the oldest church in Illinois, Fort de Chartres and Fort Kaskaskia. Visit an eight-sided schoolhouse, museums, and the Cohen Home.


Find a quiet place at the Confluence Heritage Area and become one with nature while watching birds and river wildlife. Gaze at the river barges moving along and, if you're lucky, you may even see the Queen of the Mississippi or the Mississippi Queen. Plan a week on the Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail, Illinois' first road.


The Randolph County region is a sportsman's paradise. There is trophy fishing at Baldwin Lake and the Randolph County State Recreation Area. The World Shooting & Recreation Complex draws thousands each year. Hunt ducks, geese, turkey and deer in many locations. Fish the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers for blue cats. Or just walk a trail and let the serenity flow through you. A respite from the world.


There are music festivals each year at Fort Kaskaskia and Fort de Chartres, Schuline and Sparta. Car shows attract thousands to Randolph County annually.


Then there is Autumn in Randolph County.


Click on our Pinterest pages to see the majesty of Autumn and many more Randolph County sites for all seasons of the year. Or click on some of the links to view video clips.


Come for the festivals. Come for the Sights. Come for the History. Come for Nature. But come soon.



You'll never forget Randolph County!