X-Country Skiing or Snowshoeing at White Pines Forest State Park

This will be a 4 hour activity. There is no ski or snowshoe rental available. You'll need to bring them. There are no warming shelters, and the cabins and lodge/restaurant are closed Dec 22 through March. There are vault toilets (out houses). White Pines Forest State Park is a 385-acre state park located in the heart of the Rock River valley, South of Rockford. Two trails are available for cross-country skiing totaling 4.5 miles of groomed trails when weather permits. If conditions are bad that day, I’ll change to a different location. Dogs and snowshoes are not allowed on ski trails. However there are other trails in the Park that you can use.

Directions: To reach White Pines Forest State Park from the far West suburbs, take Route 64 (North Avenue) west to Route 2 south in Oregon, turn left on Route 2 to Pines Road. At Pines Road, turn right and follow the signs to the park entrance, approximately 8 miles.

From the Northwest Chicago or Northwest suburbs, take I-90 west to Route 20 at Rockford. Take Route 20 west to I-39 (South), then to the Oregon exit (Route 64). Take Route 64 west to Oregon. You will turn left at Route 2 and continue to Pines Road. Turn right on Pines Road and go about 8 miles to the park entrance.

From Chicago or the Western suburbs, take I-88 west to I-39 North. From South Chicago or the Southern suburbs take I-80 West. Take I-39 North to the Oregon exit (Route 64). Take Route 64 west to Oregon. You will turn left at Route 2 and continue to Pines Road. Turn right on Pines Road and go about 8 miles to the park entrance.

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  • Geralyn

    Too much going on, bummer!

    February 2, 2014

  • Maria

    Just did something to my back shoveling, so can't drive 4 hrs tomorrow

    February 1, 2014

  • Jan C.

    I would love to join, White Pines is an awesome place, but do not own equipment yet and don't want to miss kick off. Is it possible to keep up with the people snowshoeing with my yaktrax and is anyone interested in hanging out for the game after?

    February 1, 2014

  • Deb M.

    Hi, is anyone driving in from North burbs? Will contribute to the gas fund :-)

    January 29, 2014

    • Deb M.

      Will check later tonight.

      February 1, 2014

    • Maria

      [masked]. If you're coming via I90, a good place to meet is Mitsuwa (Japanese shopping center) on NW corner of the intersection of Arlington heights road (exit going North) and Algonquin Rd. We can take my vehicle, messy and coated with dog hair and salt if you don't mind, or yours.

      February 1, 2014

  • Zak

    Have hiked here before is a great location. Am looking forward to skiing here too. Ray you have been picking some great places

    January 30, 2014

  • Dubravka

    Hi, I'm driving from the West suburbs, and have room in my car for a couple of persons. Alternatively, I'm interested in sharing a ride in someone else's car as well.

    January 30, 2014

  • Denice S.

    I have to cancel after all. One of my skis de-laminated, so I have to fix it. Plus with the drive time I might not get back in time to watch kick-off of the Super Bowl.

    January 29, 2014

  • Alison

    I need a ride outta the city! Can help with gas,[masked]

    January 13, 2014

    • Kamil

      I'll be driving there from downtown. I have a small car, so with skis in the back I can only take one extra person (two in a pinch). Let me know if you are interested.

      January 27, 2014

    • Alison

      Oh ok thanks I have no skis so I have to cancel!

      January 29, 2014

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