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Emerald Trails Campground

Crete, Illinois


3132 E Goodenow Rd
Crete, Illinois 60417
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 140
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.39276
Longitude: -87.53906

Elevation: 722' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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8 Reviews

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We camped here for 5 months-work related. It was during the spring/summer months and the park was clean and well-kept. It is located in the country on large acreage, and as such, the road on the property leading up to the office is gravel, as are the campsites. It is a lovely setting with large shade trees, lots of green grass, and a large lake. Both the lady who manages the park and her son are nice and helpful. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely return when in the area. We camped at Emerald Trails Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We decided to give this campground a try for its location. Despite all of the outdated reviews we gave it a try. I'm glad we did. We had no issues. It was quiet, relaxing, and exactly what we needed. We camped at Emerald Trails Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

While the setting for this campground is excellent, the execution is just shy of horrible! The only reason we stayed at this park was its proximity to family and friends. I would never do so again. Go across the border to Indiana, do not come here! The bathrooms are all but unusable, and my wife has refused to use the shower in the ladies room. I didn't think the previous reviews could be true, but believe them. We camped at Emerald Trails Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very rustic campground with no paved roads or concrete pads. We were very disappointed in the general conditions present and the mud was so bad from the rain the previous day that we nearly got our dually stuck twice just getting to the site. We opted to leave and stay at another park due to the conditions we found in the winter time. It may be more appealing in the summer months, but we cannot recommend it during any kind of wet weather. We camped at Emerald Trails Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

We are here for the location. It is the closest to Chicago we could find at 39 miles to Navy Pier. The posts below sum it all up. Could be a really nice park, just needs new owners and an overhaul. Nice quiet location. Our site has 2 sewer connections under our awning, and next to us there is a 30 yr old junk trailer with some one living in it. Not a very appealing park. We camped at Emerald Trails Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

The lake was Green, the Paddle Boats were in bad shape and the Swimming Pond was green and the size of a large puddle. We camped at Emerald Trails Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

This park was located in the country. Very beautiful setting with a pond on the site and under a canopy of oak trees. It is hard to get satellite reception under the canopy of trees but it is possible if you work at it. The laundry room is a bit scruffy: 2 washers and 2 dryers. The woman office manager is bit different, as is the caretaker. We were told there were no 50 amps spots available so we took a 30 amp but she charged us for a 50 amp. When we asked why she said because it was a larger lot. Their brochure only prices 30 amp and 50 amp, not lot size. They also cram people in here in the summer time. We stayed from June 08 through April 09. We camped at Emerald Trails Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice area, and a beautiful place to put a campground. That being said, this is one of the least favorite campgrounds we've stayed at on our 11,000 mile trip (and we've seen a lot). The campground is not well maintained. The sewer connections are horrible, they are actually uphill from my tank connection, requiring the use of a rubber donut to keep the stuff from running back out of the connection. It's basically just PVC pipe running along the ground that you put your slinky into horizontally. Very strange. Next to our campsite there's an electrical connection nailed to a tree for an overhead lamp with a switch on it. No electrical box, and just a little electricians tape to cover the connections. There are lots of seasonal campers, some decent, some really run down. The worst of it is the lady that runs the place. She was decent enough to me, but it's clear that kids aren't welcomed here. We have a 10 and 9 year old that do a good job with campground voices. They were "raking" some leaves to play in and the lady yelled at them for "covering" the roadway. We didn't, until that time, even know a roadway existed. The entire campground is covered in 4 inches of leaves. Had the staff not walked me to the campsite, I'd never been able to find the path. The nail in the coffin so to speak is that while we were out, the staff actually came and cleared the leaves from OUR campsite only, just to make a point that the girls weren't supposed to play in them. They didn't touch any other leaves. My plan was to put all of the leaves back this evening where we found them (save for putting them over the road), but I guess that's unnecessary. It was definitely a slap in the face. Although camping is limited in the Chicago area, avoid this campground if you can. Jellystone is another option, but no experience there. I personally wish now that I'd have boondocked at a rest area. We camped at Emerald Trails Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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