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Morris - White Pines Forest State Park

6712 West Pines Road
815-946-3717

Located in the heart of the Rock River valley, the 385-acre White Pines Forest State Park is the south boundary of the historic Chicago-Iowa Trail. Today, the park is perfect for family getaways to enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. With serene, picturesque beauty, and modern lodge facilities amidst a beautiful forest, there is no better place to retreat from the everyday routine than the open spaces at White Pines.



Reviews

Heather Donahue

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Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
This is a good destination for a day trip. You can hike all of the trails in one day or spread them out over a weekend. The Sleepy Hollow trail is the best. The park is beautiful and charming, but the camping earned it three stars. The rangers do not seem to enforce quiet time or the number of people allowed on a site. The last time I was there, there were a few noisy overcrowded sites and someone bug bombed the entire campground with something that looked like a leaf blower. A bug spray fog drifted across and I was breathing in bug spray at the other end of the campground. The campsites are just okay. The train horns at night are a bummer. That being said, we haven't found anything better this close to Chicagoland so we still occasionally camp here for the weekend. I don't feel so bad about the camping when I consider how cheap the sites are, but I hate knowing a bad neighbor could ruin our trip.

Crystal Abbate

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Fun place to hike that isn't as crowded as some other state parks and isn't too far from Chicago. Lots of fun short trails!

Sheena Smith

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
We love it here 2nd time back. First time was our honeymoon is the canyon view cabin aka the couple cabin. Now back with the kids in the whispering pines cabion to hike and have camp fires. We loved the family time we got this visit. No WiFi or cell service so its a nice break from the now a days distractions and really focus on each other.

Randy Foege

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Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Love to camp here. We bring our very quiet, very well behaved dog and leave our cooking chores at home and eat in the lodge. We only go at less popular times to miss the summer crowds. There ARE a couple places where you can take a real shower but the dark outhouses are much more numerous. Like any campground, your experience will vary depending on who sets up near your tent or camping trailer. My only real complaint is that there are trains moving alongside the campground that wake me up. My wife says they aren't as loud as my snoring. Our dog LOVES the scents and trails.

Michael Getzendaner

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Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
Nice lunch! Had the chicken pot pie. It was very good. It had a light flaky crust on top and a nice filling of vegetables, chicken and gravy like sauce. Very good!

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