White Pines Forest State Park
Located in the heart of the Rock River valley, the 385-acre White Pines Forest State Park is the south boundary of the historic Chicago-Iowa Trail. Today, the park is perfect for family getaways to enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. With serene, picturesque beauty, and modern lodge facilities amidst a beautiful forest, there is no better place to retreat from the everyday routine than the open spaces at White Pines.
Very pretty even in January. Well kept and real inviting. Driving through the fords (water rushing over the bridges) was really cool and a first for me. Can not wait until summer to visit again.
One of the BEST state parks in Northern Illinois. Plenty of trails to hike. Plenty of space for picnics large or small. There is also camping, fishing and cabin rentals.
Absolutely am amazing place. Never seen a park so well taken care of and beautiful. They weddings they offer are fantastic too if you're looking to get hitched. Check it out in the fall!
Love this park. There are a couple of fords,(yes the kind where u drive through a stream in your car, not for the feint of heart after a hard rain) at the entrance, so check to make sure the river is down and the park is open. Beautiful stand of old growth pine, I believe one of the last in IL. Great hikes, an old WPA built main lodge with a sweet gift shop (ice cream!!) Nice campgrounds. I first came here about 40 years ago, went back a few times as a kid, then went back this year. It has improved since I was here. Very pretty little spot. Great bird watching too!
We spent our 25th anniversary there in the honeymoon cottage. Great place.