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“Beautiful, peaceful, great hiking and good food & giftshop”

White Pines Forest State Park
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Owner description: Illinois' third oldest state park is rich in history.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We visited over 4th of July weekend and weather was great, not too hot or cold. We didn't spend the night in the lodge but the the cabins looked so cute and comfortable that I would ghave liked to. The main lodge area itself had a restaurant and a gift shop, both exceeded expectations. The gift shop had handmade soap and soywax candles, a large truffle selection, some very niche items that one would not necessarily expect to see ina giftshop at a lodge in the middle of a small town Mt Morris. The food at the restaurant was also suprisingly good, simple menu but very well done, I had a grilled chicken salad and the chicken was actually cooked to perfection! Then we went for a walk around the grounds and hit a 1.2mi hike (sleepy hollow trail) and it was awesome, takes you through the woods, by a stream of water, up/down stairs etc. Lovely 1hr+ hike. There were other trails open as well but we took this one and thoroughly enjoyed it!!

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Great state park. Kept clean. Large park with camping areas, picnic areas, trails in varying degrees of difficulty, play areas for the children and water running through it. There is a really good restaurant with an excellent brunch. The gift shop has a nice variety of items. There are cabins available.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Just got back after staying a couple nights in a cabin. The cabins were clean, cozy, well-spaced from other cabins, and authentic. These cabins are the real McCoy, built by the CCC in the 30s.
The trails were long enough to give a workout but not too grueling. The restaurant food and service were to be commended, especially for a State Park. The Park puts on plays year-round but we missed it because of the days we were there. Great gift shop, too. Drove around the park-beautiful place. The park has a couple of fire pits in the center of field of cabins and they sell wood or let you pick up from the forest. Each cabin has some Adirondack chairs outside. I heard a woman manages the park for the state and I would like to say "Thank you" for the great job. See you later!

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We enjoyed our afternoon at White Pines State Park. There is plenty to do......lots of picnic areas with grills, playgrounds, fishing, hiking trails, and more. We had a picnic lunch and then hiked on some trails. Our favorite was the Sleepy Hollow trail. It went through the forest and across creek beds where they nice stepping stones for you to cross on. Our 7 year old really liked that. Another hit was driving through the 2 fords on the park road (areas where shallow water crosses the road and you get to drive through it as long as the water isn't too high). We also hiked on the Grey Squirrel and Red Squirrel trails. These were slightly confusing as they didn't see to really match up to the map. We started on the Grey Squirrel trail and intended to just do that trail. Well when we finished up, we were at the Red Squirrel trailhead. Not really sure how that happened.....things could have been a little better marked. It wasn't a big deal though, as the trailheads for both trails are near each other, so we still ended up in the same parking lot where we started. We'd come again and do the other trails.....great park!

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Very nice park,it's perfect for lite hiking or fishing. There is a small gift shop and restaurant. The map of the park was a little bit vague and hard for us to follow,but the park isn't to big so we were able to navigate.

Thank Drasho
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