White Pines State Park
Recommended by member winger
Located in the heart of the Rock River valley, this charming 385-acre park is the south boundary of the old Chicago-Iowa Trail, which was for years the principal route east and west across the northern part of Illinois. Today there are plenty of outdoor recreation activities, such as hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. With lots of serene, picturesque beauty, and modern lodge facilities amidst a beautiful forest, White Pines State Park offers a great retreat from the everyday routine.
White Pines Inn, originally constructed by the Civilian Conversation Corps in the 1930s, has undergone an extensive renovation. To preserve the historic ambiance of this wonderful log cabin inn, the original stone and timbers were retained and the new features were carefully blended to enhance the original structure. The Inn houses the White Pines Restaurant and Dinner Theater.
White Pines State Park CabinsLodging: There are 13 one-room cabins and 3 cabins with 4 rooms, for a total of 25 guest rooms. The park also has 103 class B/S campsites with vehicular access and a shower/flush toilet building. There are also several other inns in this area.
The Nash Home and Museum in Oregon, IL, was originally built in 1878 by farmer Chester Nash, inventor of the cultivator. Nearby is the famous statue of Chief Blackhawk in Lowden State Park along the Rock River. Follow the river down to Grand Detour (great name, eh?) to visit the original homestead of John Deere. John Deere Historic SiteTour the archeological site of John Deere’s original shop, a working blacksmith shop and John Deere’s home. Keep following the river south to Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon, which is also open for tours.