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Emerald Trails Campground was rated 3 out of 10 based on 6 user reviews. Phone: (800) 870-8357
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Emerald Trails Campground

Camp Information
Sites
140
Date of Stay
May 2013
Latest Rate
$35



Hookups
Electric
yes
50amp
yes
Water
yes
Sewer
yes
Wireless Internet
no
Cable TV
no
Accommodations
Pull-Thru Sites
yes
Big Rig Access
no
Waterfront Access
no
Shade Trees
yes
Pool Access
no
Pets Allowed
yes
Tents Allowed
yes
Family Friendly
no
Latest Review Information
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[ 1 / 10 ]
May 2013
$35
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 here in a Travel Trailer.

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[ 3 / 10 ]
March 2013
$42
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 here in a Fifth Wheel.

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[ 3 / 10 ]
August 2010
$42
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 here in a Motorhome.

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[ 2 / 10 ]
July 2009
$42
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 here in a Fifth Wheel.

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[ 6 / 10 ]
April 2009
$17
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 here in a Fifth Wheel.

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[ 4 / 10 ]
September 2008
$30
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 here in a Travel Trailer.

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