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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 truly wonderful place

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
Luckyone2002
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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117 reviews 117 reviews
53 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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72 reviews 72 reviews
13 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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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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Davenport, Iowa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We loved this park will be going again. We ate at the restaurant, very good Sunday buffet, and spent the afternoon hiking some of the many trails. The trails are well marked and well maintained, and just right in difficulty level for grandparents with school age children. We saw people of every age, even families with pretty young children out... More 

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Wisconsin, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

There is poison ivy everywhere! Not a good place to hike with young children. It's growing up along tree by the cabins at the inn. You have to constantly be watching out for it along every path.

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Anna Maria, Florida, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We just had our wedding celebration here, and the ceremony across the road at the Wedding Canyon. We chose the site because it is mid-way between where our families live and because I spent summer vacations here with my family. The day, the weekend, could not have been more perfect. We rented nine cabins, gathered around bonfires each night and... More 

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