White Pines Forest State Park, Mount Morris

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The White Pines State Park Lodge and Cabins are located in rural Ogle County, Illinois near the village of Mount Morris. They were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The Cabins are one of two Historic Places found in or near Mount Morris, the other is the Samuel M. Hitt House. The Lodge and Cabins are part of a National Register Multiple Property Submission, they were submitted with several other state park lodges, all designed by Joseph F. Booton.
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  • Adorable cabin! A/C worked great. Quiet and woodsy. Let us check in early. The restaurant and gift shop were awesome! 
    Adorable cabin! A/C worked great. Quiet and woodsy. Let us check in early. The restaurant and gift shop were awesome!  more »
  • We enjoyed walking the various trails during our 2-day stay. Variety of length and difficulty. The park and lodge have a very interesting history and we enjoyed learning more about this part of... 
    We enjoyed walking the various trails during our 2-day stay. Variety of length and difficulty. The park and lodge have a very interesting history and we enjoyed learning more about this part of...  more »
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  • Fantastic state park 1.5 hours from Chicago. Set in a gorgeous pine forest with small creeks running through lined with dolomite cliffs. Tons of well kept hiking trails and excellent fishing spots. Two campgrounds plus youth camping facilities. Also a beautiful almost 100 year old lodge with a restaurant and gift shop on site so you don’t even have to cook if you don’t want! Plenty of rentable cabins available. Campgrounds are not ideal for large rvs or motor homes - no pads or hookups and most sites are not very flat. Some require driving over uneven grass to access. But that said, each site is spacious and has picnic tables and fire pits. Plus the setting is gorgeous. Plenty of vault toilets and cedar ridge has flush toilets and shower building. Dumpsters for trash well distributed and one dump site for grey/black water. Tons to do in the surrounding area make this a great starting point for an amazing weekend.
  • Enjoyed a weekend at White Pines State Park. Only 4 stars because we stayed at Sunnycrest Family Campground and feel there could be some improvements made. All in all we enjoyed our time at the park. The breakfast buffet at the lodge was very good and the trails were a lot of fun for our family. If you have younger children it is well worth your time to drive into Dixon to let them play at the Wooden Wonderland park. There is also a large splash pad right next to the playground.

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