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.
Love to camp here. We bring our very quiet, very well behaved dog and leave our cooking chores at home and eat in the lodge. We only go at less popular times to miss the summer crowds. There ARE a couple places where you can take a real shower but the dark outhouses are much more numerous. Like any campground, your experience will vary depending on who sets up near your tent or camping trailer. My only real complaint is that there are trains moving alongside the campground that wake me up. My wife says they aren't as loud as my snoring. Our dog LOVES the scents and trails.
Nice lunch! Had the chicken pot pie. It was very good. It had a light flaky crust on top and a nice filling of vegetables, chicken and gravy like sauce. Very good!
One of those gems that continues to keep a special place in the hearts of many who frequent here. Year round, White Pines is a magical sort of sentimental place that seems stolen from another era. If that makes sense to you, then you know what I mean. If it doesn't, you'll just have to go and find that magic yourself.
Great state park. The cabins are comfortable and rustic. Reservations are offered year-round. The hiking trails are well groomed and offer challenge from the novice to the expert hiker. Only downside is that cell reception here is spotty at best, with Verizon having the best reception.
We love to camp and were excited to try out White Pines Forest State Park as we saw a ton of good reviews online. I have to say this was the worst camping trip we have every had. First off the campsites were small, wide open and stacked on top of each other. We are used to "private", wooded sites (Apple River Canyon and Chain O' Lakes State Park). I could have gotten past that had the campground been quiet. There was a very large party that rented 5 or 6 sites and kept coming and going until about 11 pm at night. Opening and closing car doors, turning on lights, shouting and blowing up air mattresses (they acted like they were the only ones there). Every other camp ground we have been to has a strict 10 pm quiet time with enforcement. No one from the campground was to be found. We packed up and left. Safe to say we will not be returning. On the plus side, there is canoeing (White Pelican) in nearby Oregon that is wonderful and the John Deere Historic site that made our trip out this way worth it.