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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 through towering pines...across babbling brooks...under the stars

* Discover gorgeous spring wildflowers and amazing bison

* Kayak ~ and then take a dinner cruise ~ on the peaceful Rock River

* Zip line...learn archery...tell campfire stories

* Enjoy other fun women who love the outdoors

Day 1
Noon: 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 protected

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

Our 4-mile trail meanders along spring meadows, through magnificent hardwood and pine forests, and beside the 300-mile long Rock River, the river Native Americans called Sinnissippee.

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

Settle into our cozy private lodge and the 640 acres of peaceful hills, prairies, and forest surrounding it. Whoosh over the woods at 35-40 mph, on a 1,200-foot zip line...learn the art of bow and arrow ...walk the labyrinth...relax by Paul’s Pond.

6:30 pm, Dine at our lodge

Savor a delicious chicken dinner. Feel free to BYOB 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.

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Watch eagles soar over the Rock River.

"What a great getaway to White Pines! I enjoyed everything: the hikes, the cabins, the food, but mostly the people. What a great group of women!" ~Lark

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 am: Head to White Pines State Park

9:30 - 11:00 am: Explore this delightful gem on a 4-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.

11:30-noon: Enjoy a picnic

lunch at White Pines

1-3 pm: Kayak the gentle Rock River.

Explore this quiet stretch of the Rock River, ideal for beginner and experienced paddlers. It gently winds through rocky bluffs, towering pines, and wildlife habitat. This section is considered one of the most beautiful on the river, which flows 325 miles from Wisconsin’s Horicon Marsh to the Mississippi.

4-5:30 pm: Kick back with free time at the lodge.

Here’s another opportunity to zip line, enjoy archery, and kick your feet up and relax.

6:30-9 pm: Enjoy a delicious dinner

as we float down the Rock River on an authentic paddle wheel river boat, "The Pride of Oregon."

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"

Day 3
8 am: Breakfast:

Enjoy a yummy breakfast buffet at our lodge.

9:30-Noon: Explore Nachusa Grasslands,

a 3,500-acre reserve that is home to 100 bison. We?ll drive the park perimeter to try and glimpse the adults and some frolicking month-old calves (called red dogs). Then hike 2 miles across rolling prairielands. (The bison, which free-range about half of Nachusa, don?t have access to hiking areas.) Noon: Enjoy a trail lunch with us at Nachusa or head home.

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center offers

Cost includes:

  • Lodging for 2 nights (double occupancy)
  • Paddle wheel river boat cruise
  • 2 full-course dinners
  • 2 hot breakfast buffets
  • Archery lessons
  • Zip lining
  • Forested grounds with hiking, lakes, and a labyrinth
  • Bonfire and s’mores
  • 2 experienced guides throughout the trip
  • 4 guided hikes
  • Packet with driving directions, hike details, area info and more
  • "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