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

9/29/21 update:�

The tennis courts at Veteran Acres will be closed for the season beginning Monday, October 4.� The early closure this fall is to begin a major reconstruction project of the courts that will include new surfacing, nets, fencing and lights.� Work is expected to continue through the winter as weather permits, with final color surface and lines being applied in the Spring of 2022.� We apologize for the inconvenience but look forward to the new and improved tennis facility next year!

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, 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.




  • 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