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Site 67 Douglas Loop

Site 67 is one of the walk in sites, but it was very private. Only one other site was visible, so we set up our tents between us and felt like the only people there. It was great. The walk in distance wasn't bad at all. The bathroom facilities were very clean. The sky was beautiful, and the beach was only a 12 minute drive away. We had a great time!

Great spot not far from the city

Easy reservations and check-in. We used the primitive spots and were a short walk from the bathrooms. Lots of hiking and mountain biking trails in the area.

Camping with the doggos

Bathroom facilities were good. Reasonably clean and well maintained. The hike to the beach was fun and not far at all. The dogs loved it. Camp sites are decent sized.

Great location

Nice spot, basic but clean. The Pin Oak trees were abundant for hammocks but a little worrisome with the wind advisory. Train tracks are quite close so light sleepers may be woken by the sound, Beverly Shores train depot very convenient if coming or going to Chicago. A quick bike ride to the the beach and century of progress houses. Lovely sunset on the beach and close enough to make it back to the campground without it too dark via bike. Very convenient stores within walking distance across the road with just about anything you could need if you forget something. Bathrooms were decent, showers and flushable toilets were close by site 57. ADA accessible spots available. Reservations are required this year not FCFS as previous years.

Nice park to kayak, canoe, and fish

The sites are more open and closer together than I care for but the park is nice

Interesting State Park

Arrival was interesting. We followed the signs to the campground (CG) area and bypassed the park office for the gate, as there was no where to park towing a rig. At the gate we found out we should have just pulled over on the road and registered before getting to the gate. We did not see any signs to indicate this was the procedure. The gate attendant charged us a $12 non resident state park fee and directed us to park in the adjacent parking lot, and walk back to the park office to check-in. We pulled into the very large parking lot, but it turned out to be a tight turn for our 39’ 5th wheel to get out of the parking lot. We then headed on to the campground to our electric only (50/30) AMP back-in site 94. We got a very good variety of OTA channels and 2 bars on Verizon and AT&T. This campground is electric only and sites are placed consistently nearby each other throughout the CG. Where you would think sites would be more private there is usually a trail entrance nearby or like site 94, a concrete sidewalk to the nature center right beside the site. Site 63 would be about the most private and would be an easy back in for a larger rig. Site 91 has a steep incline after the main pad down to the site entrance. I wouldn’t put anything larger than about 30 feet in there even though its a large pad overall. We included a picture of this site. There’s a great trail system throughout the park. However, there are steep sandy trails that will tax your abilities unless you are in better than average health. The dump station is dual and well maintained. We enjoyed our stay at this well maintained CG.

Had a great time, and love the proximity to the beach

Had a awesome time, great Facilities, awesome sites.

My 1st time camping!! Not bad at all

The scenery is beautiful and participating in the 3 dunes challenge was exciting abs definitely got the blood pumping. The campgrounds were pleasant and had nice bathroom and showers.

At Nature’s Door

Beautiful place to stay… plenty of trails and definitely the funniest nature has to offer. A great place to just relax and unwind, but short on amenities.

Great Location for DayTrips and Group Overnights the Western Suburbs

Note - as other reviewers mentioned, overnight camping is limited to Youth Groups only (eg Scouts). *But the larger Churchill Woods forest preserve is open daily and is an excellent location for hiking and fishing - right on St. Charles Road - just west of I-355.

*What’s awesome is you can hike/bike into the preserve from the East.

Youth Campground has two nice tent camping sites (one uphill and one adjacent to the DuPage River). Rangers keep the woodpile stocked for campfires. M/F pit toilets are clean. Running water at the pump.