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White Pines Forest State Park, Mount Morris

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • Drive in the park to view the fall colors and have lunch at the White Pines Inn. don't be uneasy when you drive thru White Pine Creek twice as you enter the park. The water level when we were there wa...  read more »
  • Decided to take a day trip 90 mins. north of home to spend the afternoon hiking through White Pines Park. Good time of year as there were NO bugs! However, I was expecting to see seasonal color, but t...  read more »
  • We only walked around outside a bit and visited gift shop, so I can not attest to hotel quality. But, gift shop was very nice, something for anyone: expensive jewelry, mid range items, hand made choco...  read more »
  • Love this park. There are a couple of fords,(yes the kind where u drive through a stream in your car, not for the feint of heart after a hard rain) at the entrance, so check to make sure the river is down and the park is open. Beautiful stand of old growth pine, I believe one of the last in IL. Great hikes, an old WPA built main lodge with a sweet gift shop (ice cream!!) Nice campgrounds. I first came here about 40 years ago, went back a few times as a kid, then went back this year. It has improved since I was here. Very pretty little spot. Great bird watching too!
  • Used to love driving across the fjords as a kid. Hiking the trails is always fun here. Most trails are pretty easy and fun. Highly recommend spending a day out here.
  • Nice park with plenty of hiking trails and access to water. There tent camping isn't the best in my opinion pretty close together kind of like Tent City! Drive Thru water areas with a good restaurant nestled in the park. There are cabins as well that can be rented and a nice gift shop with some great chocolates and so on.
  • Great place to visit! Lots to do here, from Hiking the handful of trails (Sleepy Hollow being my favorite), to driving your car though the water on the fords, to visiting the restaurant, going to the theater for dinner and a show, visiting the camp store, staying in a cabin, or good old fashion camping, there is a lot to do here. Beautiful views of craved rock walls and nice hikes through the forest there is a lot to like about this place. My family has day tripped here to enjoy the nature and have a picnic, we have also stayed in the cabins twice. The cabins are nice, we have stayed in the one room with an attached bathroom. They are very comfortable and a great place to stay if camping is not your thing.
  • Worst place ever. Never coming back bathrooms were dirty, they kicked us out because we were to loud and it was barely 9:00pm and we barely can in and started building up our tent. Really racist people.. Don't recommend at all place really crowded and bathrooms are far away and showers as well and no light in the bathrooms at all.
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