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White Pines Forest State Park, Mount Morris

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White Pines Forest State Park, more commonly referred to as White Pines State Park, is an Illinois state park in Ogle County, Illinois. It is located near the communities of Polo, Mount Morris and Oregon. The 385acre park contains the southernmost remaining stand of native white pine trees in the state of Illinois, and that area, 43acre, was designated an Illinois Nature Preserve in 2001.The area was poised to become a state park in 1903, but a veto by Governor Richard Yates prevented that from occurring. Supporters continued to press for the White Pines Woods, as it was once known, to receive state park designation throughout the period 1903-1927. In 1927 the park was established with help from supporters in the Chicago media. The park contains two freshwater streams, dolomite rock formations, and a variety of activities generally associated with Illinois state parks. Along Pine Creek, one of the park's two streams, fords were constructed instead of bridges allowing visitors to drive through the creek.
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  • There is a lodge built in the 1930s by the CCC having a restaurant and gift shop. There are also many cabins here that can be rented. This park "contains the southern-most stand of white pines in the ...  more »
  • We camped over Memorial Day weekend with another family. This was a beautiful little park--unexpectedly pleasant given its proximity to Chicago. It took about 2 hours to get there. One of the park's "...  more »
  • On Easter Sunday our family spent the afternoon at White Pines Park. We had lunch at the restaurant, which was wonderful. The food was excellently prepared, especially the chicken casserole. The staff...  more »
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  • Good camping and some easy hiking. One problem about camping - trains come rolling through all night long, and blow horns frequently. Must be some regulation stipulating sounding horns at certain locations because every train had the same pattern of horn blasts. Trains are not right at park, but not very far away. Went fishing in river hoping to catch some bluegill, and was surprised when my 5 year old grandson pulled out (with help) a 1 1/2 - 2 pound trout. Made his weekend.
  • 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.
  • Great place for a hike or a cook out or to just get outdoors. Beautiful scenery! We go back time and time again!
  • Great short trails. Dinner theater. Great cabins. Fords in the creek you can drive through.
  • Always good food at the buffet with great service and the park is always in good shape. One of the nicer more unique parks in the area.