Veteran Acres Park

Located at

431 N. Walkup Road
Crystal Lake, IL


Entrances off of Route 176 and Walkup Avenue - 140 Acres

Printable trail map

Voted Best Park Best of the Fox 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Veteran Acres is one of the crown jewels of the Crystal Lake Park District. Located on the site are the Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center, Rotary Building and Oakwoods Lodge. This park boasts a variety of outdoor athletic fields and recreational areas including restrooms, two picnic shelters, a playgroun, two lighted tennis courts (also lined for Pickleball but no pickleball nets) a basketball court, Mary Peacock softball field used by the Girls Softball Association, Frank Repp baseball field used by Babe Ruth Baseball League, a sled hills, Acorn Alley splash pad, walking paths, boardwalk and fishing pier. Passive recreation lovers enjoy groomed cross country ski trails in the winter and hiking trails through natural areas including Sterne's Woods and Wingate Prairie, an Illinois Nature Preserve. McHenry County Conservation District's Prairie Trail also winds through Veteran Acres. Shelter, building and picnic grove rentals are available.

please note: tennis courts nets/windscreens will be removed for the season on Mon, Nov 7, 2022 




  • ADA Accessible
  • Basketball Court
  • Biking/Hiking Trail
  • Community Room(s)
  • Grills
  • Open Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground Equipment
  • Restrooms
  • Shelter/Pavilion
  • Splash Pad
  • Sports Field Area
  • Tennis
  • Walking Trail