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.
I live near by and have frequented this park for years. I was just there yesterday and I am sad to have to say it's a dirty park. There is trash strewn up and down all the trails, some of the park is now closed off with signs telling visitors they risk being arrested if they go any further. I am not sure what that is all about. The creek is hard to fish from due to debris under the water and it's usually fairly busy. It has been years since I ate at the resturant and have never stayed in the cabins although they do look nice from the outside. I feel the park needs to be managed better and visitors should certainly clean up after themselves. The park does offer campgrounds but they seem to be crowded together and dirty. The trails aren't too bad but again, do like I do and take bag to pick up some of the trash that is all over the place.
Beautiful campground with a trout stocked creek. Staff is very friendly and best of all they don't lock up the grounds after dark so if you are arriving late or really early morning you can still get to your camp site. Only downfall is some times the main road in floods from the creek so make sure you know to look for the emergency entrance
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.
Loved it. Great trails. So beautiful