We came here the weekend of May 4-8. We wanted a cabin, but most of them in Southern Illinois are quite expensive. We didn't need anything fancy, just a place to sleep and etc. I LOVED Williams Hill Pass. I am already intimately familiar with the Harrisburg/Hardin County area, and how beautiful and down to earth it all is. We stayed in Cabin 3, the $50 per night and smallest cabins. Here are pros, cons, and tips for our stay:
*Very secluded. I'll admit, when you drive up the old, hilly, country road to the place you get a little worried about where you're going it is so far back in the woods!
* Pretty quiet. The only exception being if someone with an ATV was near your area, otherwise during the week you're almost the only people there, and it is very quiet.
* Clean! It was so clean! The cabin is one room, about the size of one of those large wooden sheds, but it had a bed (bring your own linen and pillows), a bunk bed, table and chairs. It was very very clean, you could not tell you were out in the wilderness at all. The bathrooms were also sort of clean, unfortunately since it is the wilderness you have to deal with bugs and that is the only complaint for the bathroom.
* Location. While this area is a bit out of town and secluded, it is also only 15 minutes from Harrisburg, 15 minutes from Garden of the Gods, and about 30 minutes from Hardin County, where you can go to Cave-In-Rock (the town and the actual cave), and take a ferry across the river to Marion, KY, which has an Amish village.
*Friendly. The staff here was awesome. I couldn't get in til around 7pm and they made sure someone was there to check me in and etc. The staff was always friendly and so were the dogs there. We loved Speck! You can also collect any firewood from the grounds to use it, or they can sell you some.
* Privacy. We were left alone our entire trip! No one coming and checking on you, no one knocking on your door, just complete privacy.
* Make sure you fill up your tank. The nearest gas station is a little down the road.
* We had a problem where the people next to us kept riding their ATV through our camp to get to the trail behind us. We spoke them, but up clear barricades, etc, but they kept riding through our area. While this is not a complaint against the staff, in the future they may want to tell riders they need to respect others who are staying in the cabins and not ride directly through their site. We had tried to get some peace and quiet and quite frequently had an ATV rider right past our window and behind our building. To be fair, it is an ATV place.
* On the front of our cabin, there is a little cabinet which looks like a sort of storage loft. Unfortunately, an entire family of wasps lives in it, and they do attack. Only a few were outside of the loft area, but it was still scary. One of our travelers unwisely opened it to see what it was and we had a wasp attack. After buying some spray we took care of that problem, but one person did get stung. Those with severe wasp allergies should bring an epi pen just in case. Once again, not the fault of the staff as this is wilderness, however they may want to spray those lofts in the smaller cabins.
* Bathrooms are a bit of a walk. We knew that when we booked the place, and really it is not much of a walk at all, but it would get annoying in the middle of the night to have to drive or wake someone up to walk with you down to the bathrooms.
* Bring bug spray and plenty of it. This is the wilderness and there were ticks and etc.
* Check out Rose's Country Kitchen in Cave-in-Rock, it is across from the Opry painted wall. It's awesome! I always go there when I am in that part of Southern Illinois.
* Bring a laptop with movies. After a while, you can get sort of bored. We weren't riding, and taking the bumpy, scary road back to the campground was less than appealing at night so make sure you have things to do.
*Bring food, harrisburg is limited in the food choices
* BRING CASH! While Williams Hill accepts credit and etc, most places we went to farther south and in some places in Harrisburg only took cash. It can be a real pain.
We will definitely be back to this place! We plan on getting the biggest cabin and bringing more friends as well!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy your evening in one of our private, cozy, bunkhouse cabins, which accommodates four people easily. Each cabin includes heat, air-conditioning, electricity, table and chairs, a full-size bed, bunk beds and bed linens. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided outside the cabins for meal preparation. We also have primitive campsites that include picnic tables, fire rings, lantern holders and workstations. Our electrical campsites provide 50-amp service. Water is available at the Welcome Center. A dump station is provided upon exit. Sites include picnic tables and fire rings. You can enjoy a hot shower in our clean, handicap accessible, air-conditioned shower house, located just a minute away at the Welcome Center. ... more less