9 Parks near Elgin, Illinois
Aug 2016 - $25.00
We love staying at this campground. It is the only one in the area. We visit friends & relatives while here. It is convenient to a multitude of restaurants & shopping of all kinds. The sites are spacious, hook ups well situated, it is quiet & the people are friendly, & satellite signal & over the air antenna signal are easy to get. The drawbacks are there is no sewer hook up but there are two dump stations. There are no reservations & you can only stay two weeks. - Connie's Co-Owner
Aug 2016 - $25.00
Nice state campground. Well kept, lots of grass. We were in site 60. Pull through and level, sat friendly. Sites are spacious, but watch the slope on some of them, as it can be more than you think. This is a first come first served campground. We were here twice this month during the week and there were plenty of spaces. On the weekend there were still a few, but ones that had the more severe slopes. Most sites are back in, but very easy. Most sat. friendly sites are to the rear of the campground. Verizon signal very good. No wifi here. When choosing a site, note the water connection. Most are shared with twin nozzles, on some site the water connection can be quite a distance from the site. Electric is well placed on all sites 50/30 amp. No sewer, dump on the way in or out. Tenters can set up in any of the sites. Plenty of walking trails around the campground. We never did hear a train. Also the water has a lot of iron in it, so it is wise to pick up a blue filter at walmart to even if you have an on board filter, or fill your tank with good water before camping. We used bottled water for drinking. There is a 2 week max. stay. - wtravlr1
May 2016 - $25.00
Stayed here in May 2016 at the beginning of the camping season. It's a nice little RV campground right where you wouldn't expect one. The people from Kane Country running the campground are very, very nice. The campground is in the middle of a forest preserve, although most of the camp sites are asphalt slabs with no trees around them. None of the sites have sewer hook-up but there are two dump stations, and they are free to use if you're a registered camper. The sites did have 50amp and 30amp service, along with a water hook-up. The price for camping is cheap- $25 if you're a Kane County, IL, non-resident, $15 if you are.
There are several walking trails in the preserve. The big one is gravel and about 2.5 miles around the loop. We saw deer, otters, and hawks while walking the trail, which took about an hour. There are some smaller walking trails that meander through the prairies and woods.
I'd highly recommend coming, but if you have kids just understand that this isn't a KOA. There's no pool, no activities, or anything like that. It's just a place to hook up your RV and enjoy the preserve.
Although I gave value, service, and cleanliness 5 stars, I gave the campground an overall rating of 8 stars only because outside of the walking trails, there wasn't much to do, and the RV sites were sort of close together with no trees to screen you from your neighbors. Also, the fishing pond was pretty weed infested and we didn't see or catch any fish. - ualdriver
Jul 2008 - $1.00
This campground is now closed. Park is only for day use. - WinnieViews
Jun 2006 - $15.00
This was okay, but we were driven away by a bunch of tiny flies. No biting, just swarming all over everywhere. Pit toilets, no showers, best for self-contained only. - Janjanjan68
Sep 2014 - $20.00
Maybe I just happened to pick a bad weekend, but this first visit to this campground was completely miserable. Perhaps had I come to tent camp and never expected to leave the campground the whole weekend, I'd have a different opinion. First the good points-- nice graveled campsites (and all have electric), plenty of shade and privacy between the sites in this heavily wooded campground, fairly clean bathhouse, and a nice lake nearby. If you happen to be a resident of DuPage county, the $20/night rate is not bad either. Sadly, the good points end there. The campground is located at the very back of the park and requires driving over 6 large speed bumps to come and go. The campground roads are narrow gravel with tight turns and hills. Most sites are only suitable for tents, pop-ups, vans, or RVs less than 25'. The only available water is from non-threaded spigot pumps. The dump station is small and tilted the wrong way to empty most RV tanks. The campground is only open 2 or 3-night weekends from May through Sept. But perhaps the biggest negative-- both the campground and forest preserve gates are closed and locked just after sunset every night. If you want to enjoy a nice dinner beyond the park boundaries, or visit friends in the area, forget about it! One final negative-- when I visited, the park was literally overwhelmed with mosquitoes. So bad I had to wear a bug jacket to cover my head and upper body! In the future, I'll stay at the Kane Co. Forest Preserve campgrounds-- much MUCH nicer parks that have been built with RVers in mind. - WinnieViews
May 2014 - $20.00
This park is a bit hard to locate. It is actually located in Warrenville. Any RV campground in the Chicago is a rarity so even with some drawbacks we were glad to find this one. It is a large, beautiful and heavily-wooded oasis in a pretty congested area. Staff very friendly. Restrooms were immaculate even with heavy usage on a holiday weekend. The drawbacks are: (1) it is only open for Fri. and Sat. night camping except on holidays, (2) no and or sewer connections and the few water spigots will not allow for a hose to be connected so to fill your tank requires carrying water in containers to your RV. Sites are level and very spacious with site #64 being best located for the restrooms with showers. One unusual plus is that those over 65 get 1 free weekend per year. We would camp here again. - judb
Jun 2013 - $20.00
We've been visiting Blackwell for almost 40 years, but this is the first time we've camped there. We only live about 7 miles from there so it's an easy weekend. This is an oasis in the middle of suburbia. Heavily wooded sites, with level crushed gravel pads and now, electric at all sites, according to the attendant at the gatehouse. There are no water or sewer hookups, but there are spigots throughout the park. There is an adequate dump station, although it is not all that level, so your tanks may not fully empty. I remarked to my wife that whether we traveled three hours to Wisconsin or drove 7 miles to Blackwell, the end result is the same. Quiet camping in a lovely area. The one downside to this campground is that it's only open on weekends, except for holiday weeks when it's open for the entire week. Also making reservations entails calling the District HQ and booking over the phone. There is a three day reservation window which pretty much eliminates spur of the moment camping. The camping permits arrive by snail mail, so very last century. Still, it adds to the charm I suppose. We'll be back often. In the summer the crowds in Wisconsin can be frustrating, so this is a nice alternative if you just want a quiet weekend to camp without dealing with all the traffic. - baraff
Jul 2016 - $43.00
This looks like a local community weekend campground, with one section around the canals and large lake, all have permeant RV's. This is gated off. But you still can walk through and enjoy the lake. It seems like there were many used on weekends and special holidays. But there there several that look like they stay there for long term. But this is not the section that short term travels use. They have a separate section for the short term visitors. It is in the front of the park. They have really nice long pullthroughs. We got a site with electric and water only. We were just on overnighter. I would stay here again. - Honeybear & Sugarbear
Jul 2016 - $43.00
I think the park's primary focus it seasonal but we did have an OK site. Truth be told, I would not have wanted the seasonal sites as they were right next to I-90 with very loud traffic noise. Where our site was, you could hear it but not that bad, just a constant back ground noise. I would stay here again if in the area. - Jack&Wanda
Jul 2015 - $45.00
We were skeptical due to other bad reviews, but glad we went anyway. Staff were EXCELLENT! Property was beautiful. Bathrooms were amazingly clean and I am terrified of public restrooms. Lake was a typical lake - not a fan of swimming with fish, but the kids loved it and the diving platform was fun. Wifi and Cable were up and running, but we did not hook up to them. We did have a problem with our campsite on day two but the owner handled PERFECT and was very empathetic to our situation. We were so happy with stay we booked next weekend as well!!! - Brett Simon
Aug 2016 - $49.00
As a retired couple we normally don't stall at KOAs, as they are more kid/family oriented and have amenities (pools, playground, etc.) that we don't use. But we stayed here 4 days while meeting up with relatives travelling cross-county, and they picked it for being closest to Chicago with full-hookups (and decent ratings). We are glad we did. The campground is clean, well-maintained, with a fairly new and clean shower-house (in the RV section, we did not try the one in the tent-camping area). Campsites are gravel/dirt and fairly level, all are grass-separated with picnic table and fire-rings. There are about 25 full-hookups, and some are tree-shaded. Entrance requires a key-card, and they charge for visitors. The pool looked clean (didn't use it) and they have a 9-hole, par 2 miniature golf course. No cable TV available, but lots of Chicago/Rockford stations available.
The only downside I saw was the front entrance drive (about 100 yards long) is a single lane with a 90 degree curve at the office. On the slight chance you meet someone coming the other way, it will be an issue if you can't back up. And in the last hour before checkout deadline, the road can get crowded with people stopping at the office to check out. - Jim n Lynn
Jul 2016 - $53.00
A KOA that is close to Chicago. Park is clean and well kept. The hosts were very nice and efficient and the usual escort to the site. Roads are a bit narrow, but not bad to navigate. The office is on the other side of the building from where you park for check in. There is a nice pool and many lawn games for use, there is also volleyball and horseshoes and a playground. The miniature golf is open. Wifi is slow and not dependable. Verizon signal is good. The sites are gravel as are the roads. Good selection of pull throughs for larger rigs. Most are level, sites 112 to 115 seemed to need a board under the front wheels to level. If you can get sites 101-104 great for larger rigs, level and face a nice open grass field. They are also sat. friendly sites. Also good for dogs. The park has a dog enclosure not quite big enough for a good run but it is fenced in. There is lots to do for children in the park. When reserving make sure your site has 50 amp if you need it. Not all pull throughs are 50 amp. There is no park cable, but there seem to be enough over the air stations. We would stay here again. - wtravlr1
Jul 2016 - $35.00
We have stayed here before since it is the closest park to Chicago where our daughter lives. They have done a nice job of landscaping this park and welcoming. It is very clean and tidy. The dog park is new and our dogs enjoy it. There is some shade in the sites but not consistent. We wish our site was a bit more level. Lots to do here if you have kids. Union is close to other towns if you want to get out of the park and shop, see a movie, enjoy a restaurant. - cmiller
Aug 2016 - $30.00
If there was nothing else its location would make it worthwhile.
This park features two small lakes, about a mile and a half around the two. Small boats are OK, fishing is catch and release. There is a big sandy beach on one lake with a buoy roped swim area. Also paddle-boats.
The owners have resisted putting camp sites around the lakes, most would have, the walks around the lakes are clear and improved and very pretty, with picnic tables, and flowers.
All the RV areas are level gravel with easy hookup to very convenient pedestals. All sites are back-in, end-to-end, but because the sites alternate, like a checker board, everyone has there own area. Each site has some shade, a picnic table, and fire ring.
The lack of grass at the individual sites is more than covered by the acres of beautiful green lawns. Always mowed and ready for a barefoot walk, because everyone picks up after their dog. The park is too beautiful not to!
The flowers and shrubbery are very professional. All of this is kept clean, neat, and groomed every day.
There is no cable because Rockford and Chicago are very near. The Wi-Fi is by TengoInternet and free. Wi-Fi can slow down if the park is busy.
The bathrooms and showers are all-in-one style and very clean and comfortable.
The laundry seems pricey but note that the machines are front-loading commercial washers and dryers; fill them to the limits indicated. They do a good job.
The owners have their home here at the park. It is a lovely home and all the park and campers spread out before them. We are camping on their front yard.
The owners are very proud of the park and work hard every day to keep their home clean and neat. To this end,there are rules. These rules ensure a clean, safe, and secure campground. All rules are printed on the welcoming brochure and there are none that I have not seen at other parks.
This is like an oasis, with all the large, old trees surrounding the property you wouldn't know a city was nearby. - Jack B
Jul 2016 - $30.00
We stayed twice for a week in a 36ft coach. Lovely park with 2 lakes for swimming, and fishing. Sites were gravel and well maintained. Very quiet, no road noise or trains.
A great campground to take the kids. We will return again. - bjsanta
Jul 2016 - $38.00
We had a lovely site overlooking a small lake even though we were just there overnight. The facilities are new and very nice. - suerover
Aug 2016 - $45.00
This was an experience. First I'll say the staff is a 12 on a 10 scale. Our situation required some patience and extra effort from them: they came through with flying colors. The park is as others have described a throw back to the 50's & 60's "at the lake camping experience."
The park is mostly permanent residents (at least seasonal) in modular trailers. Each site personally decorated/landscaped by the owner. And awards are given with a proudly displayed wood carved plaque "Super Site 1999" etc. Thus you have that area kept up nicely by both the maintenance crew and by the owners.
We were assigned a vacant seasonal spot as the standard RV sites were booked. Ultimately, due to narrow roads in the park at my site, coupled with our pulling a 33' Fifth-wheel with our crew cab, long bed, 4x4 one-ton truck (with a turning radius of a half-block!), they used a hitch equipped tractor to get my trailer into the space. Well done.
My only complaints of substance are first: that since this is a very heavily wooded (beautiful) park our satellite would not work, and they had no cable in our site. And there is WiFi only at the office area, not throughout the park. Odd.
Yes, we'd stay here again: but likely in a dedicated site for RV's. - TPDBOB8687
Sep 2015 - $35.00
This is a fantastic park outside Chicago. Stayed here while visiting family. Yes the roads are narrow and sites can be difficult to maneuver, but it is 70+ years old. The setting is beautifully treed and the winding little roads gave it character. It actually reminded us of the 50's or early 60's...just made us smile as we walked around. Even though we were camping there over a busy weekend, we never felt that close to our neighbors, who were all very respectful and quiet. It is approx. 90% full-timers in (mostly) very cute park models. There are lots of things for kids to do including the lake and beach, miniature golf, the pool, basketball... The staff is fantastic. Our dog had developed hives from some type of allergy and they recommended an excellent (very reasonable) vet. Will be back, maybe next year. - SAU51
Sep 2015 - $32.00
This campground/resort is an unexpected surprise. It has a feeling of summertime in the 1950's and 60's. Most sites are shaded by lovely trees and very roomy. Actually the entire place is in one big grove of trees. There is a smaller lake to fish. The grounds are large but feel comfy. Home to seasonal manufactured trailers with a good size area for RV's. For the size of this place, it is very clean and well maintained. Clean pool, nice play areas, paved roads for bike riding. The staff is excellent. They are not on constant patrol like some campgrounds. The patrons are very respectful and it is really quiet here, day and night. We are here in September though. We will definitely be back. Have met some nice folks. - Billy2015
Sep 2011 - $28.00
A nice little park in the middle of an Illinois corn field. There are trees, a pond, playground, tent sites and about 24 pull-through RV sites. The entrance and sites are gravel – not all are level front to back and across. To exit, you pull through your site onto the grass field around the back of other sites to the gravel road out. That is the only drawback for us because it RAINED and RAINED the 3 days before we left. That made the field very soggy. We and the owner determined that to drive across the field was not the best route out. Luckily, we had an empty site directly across and behind our rig. The owners’ staff assisted us with our exit so that any damage to the grass was minimal. Proximity to the location for the movie: Groundhog Day, Woodstock’s town square and environs, was a plus, as well. - zen_letitbe
Aug 2011 - $33.00
This is a funky little campground set well off the road on a family farm. The pull through sites look like back in sites at first glance, but the idea is to pull in and face a large lawn area which is used to pull out. Staff is very friendly, the park is quiet, with a fair proportion of seasonal campers. There is a swimming/fishing pond, table and fire ring at each site, and decent room between sites. Wi-Fi works well, but there is a $2 daily fee for Wi-Fi. The park is close enough to Chicago for antenna TV reception. Some of the overnight sites may require a bit of work to level your rig, but I've seen worse. We would stay here again. - DrLewie
Jun 2011 - $33.00
This is a small family owned campground positioned on a 100+ acre farm. It is clean and well maintained. Although the spaces between sites is small, it has a beautiful little swimming lake and has lots of open space around it. It is set back from the road by a long lane. It is busy on the weekends with family campers, but during the week is very tranquil. The manager is very accommodating and helpful. Woodstock is a very quaint small town (the movie Ground Hog Days was filmed there) with a large Wal-Mart, and a town square. There was good Wi-Fi and we got an excellent Verizon signal on our cellphone. There is an small charge for Wi-Fi and electricity if you are on the weekly rate. - sunbadgers
Jun 2016 - $25.00
This is a young park, meaning the trees are not big enough to give shade yet. You drive in and find a space you are comfortable with and the attendant will stop by later to collect the fee and pertinent information. It is a large, clean park with a comfortable amount of room between sites. All of the sites are 50 amp, so we used an adapter - and we lost power a couple of times with the AC going most of the time during the first heat wave of 2016. There are pull thru and back in sites on gravel with grass between each site. We stayed three nights, very quiet and comfortable. The park has water and electric only. Dump stations on-site. We would stay again. It's a long ride from I-80. We stayed in a 28' motor home with a tow. - Thirdtime
May 2016 - $15.00
Would have been a 10 if they had sewer hook-ups. This is a campground, as opposed to an RV Park. Very few amenities, but a nice quiet spot on the prairie with miles of walking and biking paths in the adjacent forest preserve.
Large campsites well spaced. Well laid out. As noted before the water connections are a bit far from the spaces, need a couple extra length of hose, but not a big issue as you have to move to dump your tanks anyway, so fill the fresh water tank when you do.
Limit on stay of 14 days out of every 21 days. Campground is part of Kane County Forest Preserve.
A bit far from the interstates for an overnight stop, but convenient to US 30. Since the campground is only a few years old the trees are all small saplings, no shade whatsoever! Will be better in a few years.
Fairly convenient to Aurora where you can catch the train into Chicago. Handicap sites are paved versus gravel. All sites are nice sized, the pull through are quite long. - Dennis M
Oct 2015 - $15.00
We are local who use this spot to get out of the Chicago area hustle and bustle. Lovely area with lots of open fields and trees. Close to a railroad track but not overly noisy. Just a few years old. We wish other counties in the area would copy this park. They do not have showers, saying the insurance liability is too great. We would give it a 10 if it did. - travelboundnbertha