White Pines Getaway

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Join us near Oregon, IL, for our Spring Getaway to White Pines State Park

Chief Blackhawk

Join Chief Blackhawk in overlooking the lovely Rock River valley

* Hike along the scenic Rock River and through towering pine forests

* Discover gorgeous spring wildflowers and babbling brooks

* Canoe, and learn to shoot a bow & arrow

* Venture onto the Midwest?s longest single-span zip line

* Enjoy a campfire and hiking under the stars

Day 1
12:30, Meet at Lowden State Park

Our getaway begins high on a bluff at Lowden State Park. Here, admire the 50-foot statue of Chief Blackhawk gazing over the Rock River Valley, which he valiantly fought to protect from intruders.

1 pm — 3:30 pm, Hike at Lowden Miller Park

Our five-mile trail meanders along spring meadows, through magnificent hardwood and evergreen forests, and beside the 300-mile long Rock River, the river Native Americans called Sinnissippee. Bring a snack.

4 pm - 5:30 pm, Free time at the lodge

Settle into our cozy private lodge and then enjoy the 640 acres of peaceful hills, prairies, and forest surrounding our lodge. Discover the cave, walk the labyrinth, zip line at 35-40 mph, canoe Paul?s Pond, or simply relax in the quiet of nature.

6:03 pm, Dine at our lodge

Savor a delicious chicken dinner. Feel free to bring alcoholic drinks for dinner and the campfire.

7:30 pm, Enjoy a bonfire and a hike under the stars

After a great day outdoors, bask in the warmth of the fire, friendship, and stories. Then, how about a guided hike under the stars to look for night critters?

white pine forest

Stroll through the southern-most
natural stand of white pines in the U.S.

white pine forest

Watch eagles soar over the Rock River.

When my daughter saw the pictures from our getaway, her comment was "Oh Mom, you look so happy!" And then: "What an awesome group!" ~ "Last Minute"

white pine forest

Enjoy great camaraderie.

white pine forest

Canoe on the grounds where we are staying.

Day 2
white pine forest

Whoosh through the air on a zip line.

white pine forest

You?ll delight in our lodges and the grounds.

8 am: Savor a hot breakfast buffet at our lodge.

9 ? 10:30 am: Learn archery or zip line.

Finesse the art of bow and arrow, zip line over the woods on a 1,200-foot span,or explore the scenic grounds.

11:00 am: Head to White Pines State Park,

where we“ll enjoy our trail lunches.

Noon-2 pm:

Explore this delightful gem on a 5-mile trek. Spot thousands of colorful spring wildflowers, walk along rocky streams lacing the base of moss-covered cliffs, and discover the park?s namesake: the southern-most forest of natural white pines in the U.S.

2:30 pm: Explore the charming towns of Oregon or Dixon

on your own or head home.

Our Lodging.

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center offers an unbeatable combo of 640 acres of gorgeous grounds and great rooms. Each of our two private lodges has 6 bedrooms, a great room with fireplace, Wi-Fi, frig, and coffee station. Each bedroom has 3 twin beds and full bath; we“ll sleep 2 per room unless you choose to sleep 3 per room. Prefer a private room? Add $50, availability permitting.

Cost includes:

  • Lodging for one night (double occupancy)
  • Full-course chicken dinner and hot breakfast buffet served in our private dining room
  • 2 days of guided hikes
  • Lodge grounds, including canoeing, archery, hiking, labyrinth, and zip line ($10 charge for zip line)
  • Bonfire and guided night hike
  • "Thanks for a great weekend getaway. It was beautiful and relaxing. There is nothing better than being outside and enjoying nature! Absolutely loved it. The lodge was fantastic. Very healing and peaceful place." ~Tornado
  • "Trailbound Trips makes me the Belle of the Office! I could hardly get anything accomplished, because women were wanting to hear ALL about the trip! Facebook Friends alike. Once again, GREAT trip!" ~JH
  • "Jill and I had such a terrific time at the White Pines Getaway a few weeks ago. It was truly restorative and such a fun adventure dodging raindrops and getting to know a fabulous group of women." ~Magnolia
  • "Thank you for another fabulous weekend. I had a great time and surprised myself with how easy it was to hike so far. I look forward to the next chance I get to join you." ~ Cowgirl Jessie
  • "Our accommodations at White Pines were awesome…10+-…gorgeous setting, morning coffee outside on the patio, lots of snacks, and air conditioning with controls in our room. The Wednesday hike was totally awesome, and oh so beautiful on the trail!" ~ Hanky Panky
  • "Many thanks for last week’s great White Pines outing! Loved it, loved it! Just the right thing at the right time." ~ Bosun