The Hidden Treasure Near Chicago

I  would like to take a moment and personally invite you to visit us here at the Lodge, located in White Pines Forest State Park in the beautiful rolling countryside of Northwest Illinois. It’s a truly magical getaway where the only noises you will here are the birds chirping and the wind whispering through the majestic pine trees. Give us an afternoon, an evening or a weekend and you’ll leave a happier person, relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed. That’s a promise! We offer you the great outdoors with miles of hiking trails, delicious meals straight from the heartland served in the Lodge’s 90 year old Restaurant, amazing accommodations in quaint, historic log cabins, and outstanding service….the good olde fashioned kind…with a smile.

Abundant Wildlife and Pine Forests

Rustic conifers and finely manicured recreation grounds line the banks of Pine Creek, which meanders throughout the park on its eastward journey to the Rock River. White Pines Park is a nature lover’s paradise, one that can be experienced in a myriad of ways. There are seven designated hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult, (there is even a wheelchair trail) and the walking bridges remain a favorite for folks as they crisscross over bubbling streams. Along with the wonderful hiking, there is picnicking, camping, and bank fishing. The ‘Pines’ as it is affectionately called, is one of Illinois’ most top parks and was once named by Midwest Living Magazine as – “One of the Top 15 Best Wilderness Getaways.”

History Abounds in this well preserved State Park

The massive lodge and log cabins leave one with the feel of stepping back in time. They were built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), who also developed the trails and park shelters. All the log craftsmanship was so expertly done these historic landmarks remain preserved and in pristine condition to this day. In laying out the road system for the park, it was felt five bridges would have to be built to place the road in desired areas. Due to a lack of a budget, a less expensive idea was used to build the road through the creek, which is called a “ford”. Two of the fords remain in use today and this unique feature has proven to be one of the most memorable attributes. The park is also rich in Native American history. The Sauk Indian tribe, led by BlackHawk, lived all around this region. In the years since its formation, White Pines Forest State Park has grown into one of northern Illinois’ most popular recreation spots.

Getting Here & Touring