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.By using our Mount Morris online road trip planner , you can arrange your visit to White Pines Forest State Park and other attractions in Mount Morris.
Create an itinerary including White Pines Forest State Park
Unable to display map at this time. Please try again later.
White Pines Forest State Park Reviews
My husband and I went for lunch at the restaurant today. We hadn't been there for quite awhile and it was a beautiful day for a drive to the park. Our waitress was Mackenzie and she was so sweet and p... more »
Very clean, quiet cabins. The trails were easy enough for us to navigate. The breakfast buffet was deelish! more »
I went for a drive decided to go to White Pines State Park. It is extremely well kept, as an on-site restaurant, cabins, and plenty of place to picnic and have a good time. What are the coolest things... more »
Great hiking, but lackluster camping. The trails are hilly and usually only wide enough for one person at a time, but the frequent stream crossings (concrete stones provide a dry walk path) and colorful dragonflies make it an enjoyable hike. We did not pick up any ticks here. Unfortunately, the map of the trails is incorrect so some guess-work is required to find your way around. As for the camping, I found the sites to be very close together and many were simply in the median between lanes of traffic. I should point out that I haven't encountered any campgrounds any more spaced out in this proximity to Chicago. Quiet hours were not enforced at all - which is either a pro or a con depending on your preferences. No showers, but there are latrines (bring a flashlight) and dumpsters throughout.
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.
This location has beautiful trails. The lookout peak isn't as amazing as I thought it would be, and even though it was supposed to be a difficult trail it wasn't that bad at all. But overall nice scenery and wide variety of trails to choose from.
Have always have had a great time there and perfect place for photo shoots. Very picturesque with water, bridges crossing creek, and small cliffs. Great picnic spots and open area to play games or hiking.
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.
Plan your trip to Mount Morris
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Side trips from Mount Morris
Matthiessen State Park
Visit for: 3h
Starved Rock State Park
Visit for: 3h
Rotary Botanical Gardens
Visit for: 2h
New Glarus Brewing Company
Visit for: 2h
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Visit for: 1h 30min
Minhas Craft Brewery
Visit for: 2h 30min
Where to stay in Mount Morris
Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Plans in Illinois by other users
3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, teens, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in United States BY A USER FROM VIETNAM November, culture, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States SEE PLAN October, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States SEE PLAN October, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in Chicago & Santa Monica BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Chicago & Western Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls BY A USER FROM THAILAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
Are you the owner of this business?Click here for promotion tips.