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White Pines Forest State Park

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Address: 6712 West Pines Road, Mount Morris, IL 61054
Phone Number: 815-946-3717
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Description: Illinois' third oldest state park is rich in history.

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"A Favorite Place Since Childhood"

I can still remember going to White Pines with my parents to picnic & hike. Pine Creek wanders through the park, crossing the road in several areas & I remember my dad, instead... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Susan M
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Davenport, Iowa
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Davenport, Iowa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I can still remember going to White Pines with my parents to picnic & hike. Pine Creek wanders through the park, crossing the road in several areas & I remember my dad, instead of slowing down as advised, speeding up as we drove through the water so it would make a huge splash. My dad & I would laugh &... More 

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danville
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The Dinner Theatre is located in the White Pines State Park. A complete package can be purchased including, cabin, show and 3 meals ($193 for 2) or just the show. The prices are unbelievably low but the quality of the whole program is 5 stars. There is a Matinee and evening show. They change the shows weekly with different themes... More 

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Northwest Illinois
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15 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I enjoyed a wonderful Sunday of hiking with a Sierra club group to see spring wildflowers in mid-April at White Pines Forest State Park. We saw 25+ varieties. The hiking trails wander all throughout the park, many on bluffs looking down towards the river areas. Most of the trails are short - but you have to do take more than... More 

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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56 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I've already reviewed the cabins separately, giving my praises. The entire park is so peaceful and well kept. I can't say enough good things about it. What impressed me most is how clean everything is and all of the staff we encountered - in the office/gift shop, in the restaurant, and the cleaning crews - are very friendly and helpful.... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

What I liked Great rustic setting plenty to do even the winter,wagon rides, pick out your christmas tree, great dinner theater at the lodge. Great country cooking at the lodge restaurant. Quaint historic cabins to stay in (the cabins were originally built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps. during the Depression as part of F. D. R.'s New Deal for... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We have stayed here overnight in one of the cabins which are quite rustic and dated, but hey, it is in the woods. The beds were not overly comfortable and the plastic covering the mattress tended to rustle during the night, but it is a nice place if you don't expect too many amenities. The lodge has a great Sunday... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Oct in Ill is like Wisconsin weather in September. Tis a month like "gravy" or frosting on a cake. An added pleasure. The food at the restaurant is oh so good and yummy and very eye appealing. Just west of Chicago and 3 hrs from my house. All state parks in Ill are FREE! Starved Rock and Rock Cut state... More 

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73 reviews 73 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful, peaceful park with great hiking trails. Stay overnight in a cabin. The cabins are heated and air conditioned. They have large stone fireplaces that have been converted to gas, a TV, DVD, and a bathroom with a shower. There is a trundle bed under the tall double bed which is perfect for kids. Near the cabins is a... More 

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New Lenox, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Our family spent a day hiking the trails through these lovely woods. The grandchildren loved driving through the fords in the creek to get to the picnic/hiking area. These are short trails of easy & medium difficulty. The Sleepy Hollow trail crosses Pine Creek a few times with stepping stones helping you across. Such a fun hike with children of... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Cool the way the park road crosses thru the river, like driving on water. Don't miss the Sunday brunch at the White Pines Inn.

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