Hipcamp host Dave C.,
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Our Gothic Pod 2 is based on the ancient Gothic Arch design. It features:

Full Size Bed



Air Conditioning


Free WiFi

USB Ports

Fire Ring

And access to our 80 acre wooded camping area with multiple fire rings, a clay pizza oven, trails, creek access and more!

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Playground available
Have a question? Send Dave a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


River at camp. Lake a short ride or long walk away.


80 acres around camp adjoining 12,000 public ground at Tuttle Creek lake.


Creeks and rivers at camp. Slow to moderate flowing water.

Off-roading (OHV)

310 acre state maintained ORV parks 2 miles from camp. Open to the public at no charge. Tuttle Creek Lake

Wildlife watching

Coon, possum, squirrel, cottontail, white tail deer, elk, coyote, bobcat, a wide variety of birds including an active (in sprin...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Gothic Pod 2 in Kansas.

River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Hillary
Hillary T.
recommends this listing.
October 30th, 2022

The pod was a perfect getaway for my husband and me. Host was extremely helpful and friendly. Nice and quiet space, comfortable bed and great star gazing! Hope to return!

Hipcamper Erica
Erica S.
recommends this listing.
October 23rd, 2022

We were met by Dave and he showed us where to go and gave us a map of the land, which was appreciated. The Pod was clean, and we really appreciated the mini fridge to store cold food. The pods are very well insulated, so the heat goes a long way (presumably the AC does too; we did not have occasion to try it). You can either buy firewood from Dave or scavenge from the woods yourself, which was not too difficult, although we did take a Sawzall, which came in handy. There is no access to water, so bring your own. This was our second year to "camp" here and brought friends along this time...we had a great weekend!

Hipcamper Tracy

Beautiful spot & nice hosts!!

Tracy J.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2022

The Blackthorne gothic pod was a really cool stay! Dave met me upon arrival and was super helpful getting me situated! The land is beautiful and they’re doing some really cool things with survival skills training for the community. The pod itself was surprisingly spacious- and had many extras- like A/C, a fridge and microwave and a very comfortable bed. There was a fire pit and complimentary firewood right outside my door with a great porch to hang out on as well! Their dog echo kept me company under the stars! I’d highly recommend! Really kind people & a beautiful spot! Walked to nearby the river in the morning with my cup of coffee and saw so many birds! So peaceful- and fun to see all the projects (like their horno and structures)!

Hipcamper Geoffrey
Geoffrey W.
recommends this listing.
July 23rd, 2022

The hut was beautiful and cozy! The woods were lovely and the trails delightful. Dave was friendly and helpful. Great stay.

Hipcamper Carly
Carly T.
recommends this listing.
July 17th, 2022

Our stay was amazing. We were very comfortable and there is just the right mix of modern amenities (like cell service and a mini fridge) along with plenty of wooded spaces perfect for exploring. We have already talked about the next time we stay, we will book at least a week.

Hipcamper Lissa
Lissa S.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2022

I am completely amazed About the property and the Glamping facilities. Dave was very kind, courteous, and a wonderful host. I would definitely go back.

Hipcamper AMANDA
Amanda E.
recommends this listing.
January 18th, 2022

This was such a great time - the drive to Dave's was beautiful and the stay was amazing as well. We stayed in Gothic Pod 2, which was extremely clean and cozy - and really just amazingly well built. Dave's property offers a nice hike and views as well. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

Hipcamper Travis

A ton of fun!

Travis D.
recommends this listing.
November 2nd, 2021

Dave was ready to greet us when we pulled up to the camp entrance, and was super helpful and accommodating. The Gothic Pod is represented well in the photos -- just enough room for the full-size bed, bed stand, mini-fridge/microwave, and a couple of your bags and jackets in the corner. And really, that's all you need!
Wifi is indeed available in both pods, though don't expect it to be fast enough to stream Netflix. You're glamping; you should be spending most of your time enjoying the outdoors, anyway. :)
Gothic Pod 2 has a little higher ceiling than the other Gothic Pod beside it, and has a full-size bed as opposed to the queen-size of the latter pod. Otherwise, both pods are essentially identical as far as we could tell.
Pod is clean and *very* well insulated. Turning the baseboard heater on the lowest setting was more than enough to keep the pod toasty on a night that got down to ~45*F.
Cedar firewood was provided along with a fire ring and wooden table that is shared by both pods. However, there's another fire ring, wood pile, as well as a picnic table just a few steps away.
The bathroom on site is a porta-potty about a three minute walk from the pod, though for less pressing matters, there's plenty of trees much closer!
The clay pizza oven is a little further walk than the porta-potty, and is at another camping area where Dave was leading classes that weekend. We brought our own dough and toppings, and Dave was kind enough to walk us through the procedure for getting the oven up to temp.
We stayed three nights and had a *wonderful* time! Hopefully, we'll be able to return sooner rather than later.

Hipcamper Tim

Thanks dave!

Tim P.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2021

Dave's Pods are fantastic. So well built, fitted out with comfortable bed, fridge, microwave, heater, AC, USB ports. Dave was great with communication - we arrived late due to a long drive, and Dave still met us and showed us around. Highly recommended.

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