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Easton’s Castle/O-TE-LA Camp

· Aberdeen, South Dakota
20 acres
25 units
25 Motorhome/tent
Camp where L FBaum found the inspiration for The Emerald City of OZ. Campsites with an acre each, magical firepits in the forest circling the castle. Numerous deer owls pheasants and songbirds. Wireless free on the porch, tents for rent, indoor bathroom w shower just $3/day. Monthly rate half price. Learn more about this land: Pitch camp in one of 25 sites in the 20 acre forest surrounding magical Easton’s castle, the inspiration for the Wizard of OZ. L Frank Baum loved this place and you will too. A small forest. One acre campsites. You will be alone in Nature. Room for RV to park w limited electrical and wireless around castle. There are no RV electrical or sewer hookups. /p>
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Aberdeen , South Dakota, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Margaret J.Joined in November 2017
23 Ratings · 18 reviews
Kevin D.recommends
August 29, 2022
Site 9 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
My travels through South Dakota, led me to believe that South Dakotans weren’t very friendly compared to their neighbors. But the folks here at The castle changed it all. Margaret and Tom made my unexpected stay a pure joy.
David F.recommends
June 10, 2022
Site 15 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Aaaaa how lovely!!! Truely magical, with the expansive grounds so intentionally managed. Tom is an excellent guide and teacher about the herbs, grasses, and trees that fill the land. On the map it looks so close to town, and feels that way as you drive up, but once you're on the property at least half of the campsites feel far far away from the feeling of Averdeen. The trainyard makes unreal music throughout the night, if you're a light sleeper this spot will be difficult for you, I don't sleep soundly anyway when I camp so the trainsounds didn't keep me up any more than the other slight discomforts of camping like cold nights and hard ground.
Max D.recommends
July 13, 2021
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Hidden gem
The hosts were very friendly and welcoming, and the site itself is strange and magical miniature forest with plenty of large camp sites hidden away among its meandering paths. The trains are quite loud at night but it also adds to the ambiance of the place since you are essentially camping in the middle of the town.
Buddy S.recommends
June 12, 2021
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Quirky little place
Margaret greeted us at the house and brought us to a huge field where we picked out our spot. It was beautiful with a hammock and lots of space. Tom, the caretaker has made wonderful trails through the woods, with interesting sculptures, lights and little fairy houses. Margaret was so kind as to drive out in the middle of the night to tell us about a storm arriving and invited us to stay in the house. Only issue is there is a train yard next door, and it can be pretty noisy, but didn’t really notice it overnight. All in all, a wonderful place and a great price.
Carla J.recommends
November 12, 2020
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Unexpectedly perfect!
This site was amazing! Totally unexpectedly perfect! Our two boys, 7yrs & 10yrs, had a blast exploring. Margaret was very sweet, they even had a fire started for us at the site when we arrived. Highly recommend staying here if you can!
Dan B.
September 19, 2020
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Beautiful location, RV friendly
Beautiful site! We were able to get a 32ft RV in without issues The Easton Castle team was very helpful with firewood and even got us a 15amp Edison so we could run some minimal items in our RV. The site is near a industrial area and train tracks. I was a little surprised to hear trains blowing horns and starting and stopping very close through most of the night. We were in a RV so it wasn’t to bad but I am sure something with lighter walls wouldn’t be as forgiving. All in all we would stay again, Margaret was very friendly and easy to contact and ask questions.
Pam T.recommends
September 7, 2020
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Loved the castle and had 2 tours one with Tandy and one with Margaret. They were so awesome.. It will be interesting to see how the campground developes in the next few years, thank you.. The hosts were charming and gracious, we enjoyed our tour through the woods with Tom.. it would be great to have some larger sites especially for taller campers, and my only dissapointment was not hsving a firepit close to my site, as we like to cook over the fire .
Mary Diane V.recommends
August 27, 2020
Site 25 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Hidden Charm
A place, like no other campsite. Hospitality was above and beyond. Would do it again in this charming location.
Shelly S.recommends
August 22, 2020
Site 3 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
A little piece of paradise
This is a piece of history that is lovingly trying to be saved by the owner. It is unique and interesting and has so much potential. I was met by the “handyman” who showed me to my site. There was a very nice fire area with tent space. I spent the night in my van and aside from the nearby train yard I slept good. The host was full of interesting information about this little gem. Definitely worth a visit!
Gamble S.recommends
August 16, 2020
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Friendly, Safe, Quirky and Quaint
We needed a quick place to camp on a 2,000+ mile drive, and of course being weary in the times of Covid. This place was perfect! Very spacious with multiple sites to choose from. The sites range from personal to group, and they were all well kept and each had a personal style. If you’re in SD, camp here. We definitely will again.
Jennifer B.recommends
August 11, 2020
Site 11 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
A+ property + friendly hosts
Margaret helped me pick out a site and had a fire started in the big pit at my site upon arrival.. The surrounding forest was enchanting and fun to explore with my pup. Would stay again. What other reviewers mentioned about the nearby train sounds is a factor, it didn’t bother me, but be prepared for that.
Serg G.recommends
July 31, 2020
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Great time camping out here. Nice and quiet. Margaret was very welcoming and Tom was awesome with the upkeep. Would go again.
Carrie S.doesn't recommend
July 20, 2020
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Creepier than expected.
My teenage daughter and I arrived at night, which was a mistake. We drove up a dark lane to a boneyard of cars, bikes, fencing and other scattered things near a rumbling train yard - all of it dwarfed by an enormous decrepit house. We rang a gigantic bell a woman emerged from the dark behind a pile of things and told us to follow her in a car that had its trunk secured with a bungee cord. She drove down a different dark lane with fencing and a broken-down RV. She removed a log over two rusted barrels that blocked the lane where campers would presumably stay. They put the log there, she said, "to keep stragglers out at night." She drove to a leaning "barn" where a man named Tom jogged back up the lane to a campsite in a clearing. He wanted us to drive further into this forested tunnel that didn't seem big enough for me to stand in, let alone drive the car into. He told us to come find him later so we could all play a game if we want. Once he left, we turned around and drove to the Best Western. I was glad they hadn't put the log back up on the rusted barrels so we could just drive out without having to get out of the car to remove it. I've camped my whole adult life in all kinds of situations. In this one my spidey sense was telling me, "Go."
Noah B.recommends
July 10, 2020
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Exceeded my expectations. Campsites were clean and in great condition
Christopher L.recommends
June 13, 2020
Site 15 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Magical experience outside Aberdeen
What a lovely site! Between the charming manor tour and the quiet magic of the grounds themselves, it’s no surprise to see how a wondrous novel was inspired here. The owners and preservers of this piece of history are generous with their time and kindness - be sure to take them up on the house tour to learn more about this castle. Altogether a delight to stay here and to be inspired by the legacy of this place.
Bob R.doesn't recommend
September 7, 2019
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Interesting house. Lots of History.
Good for tent camping. Not ready for motorhomes. The train switchyard was noisy and the Flies were aggravating.
Bethany B.recommends
August 24, 2018
Site 24 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Nice place to stay if you are traveling through the town of Aberdeen. It has a woodsy feel and a uniqueness factor with the 130 year old Victorian home on the property. The host Margaret promptly greeted us and showed us a few options where we could put up our tent. Her sister was also kind enough to offer us coffee in the morning which we greatly appreciated. The pros: It was nice to be able to use an indoor bathroom and shower (for an extra fee) which is in the hosts' home. A tour of the home is available and it was really neat to see what the inside was like. The cons: the property is very close to the train yard which is extremely loud. Luckily we were equipped with ear plugs! The other con is the thistles springing up all around the campsite (at least the one we were on). Without long pants, socks, and shoes, we would have had very scratched up feet and ankles. There were also mosquitos so bring bug spray! If you are prepared for the bugs, noise, and thistles then I would recommend this site.
Andrew S.recommends
August 12, 2018
Site 9 - Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
Easton Castle was the highlight of our three week road trip and we can’t wait to come back. Margaret and Thomas were amazing hosts and have created something really cool. The entire property is tucked away so snugly that we almost couldn’t believe it was there at all! When we arrived, my girlfriend and I made it no more than 100 feet before we were greeted by a family of deer who seemed just as curious with us as we were with them. The entire property is pocketed with wide meadows, enchanted forests, lush prairies and abundant wildlife. All the while less than a few minutes away from local businesses, restaurants or anything else you might need. Easton Castle is also adjacent to a spur line and the sounds of train cars interlinking provided a lovely soundtrack to our stay. Our campsite, which was situated just north of the barn, was beautiful and fit our exact needs for our 12 foot A-Frame popup camper. The barn itself is a whole other experience. For quite some time they have been remodeling it into a community concert hall and a woodworking shop for those without access to tools or the mentorship of woodworking. Thomas also explained his passion for drum making and showed us a wide variety of drums and drum skins from as far away as Egypt. Our favorite was his handmade wooden drum he fashioned himself with plywood and chain. The following morning we were given a tour of Easton Castle which was the inspiration for L. Frank Baum’s emerald city in his famous novel, The Wizard of Oz, and an absolute must do for anyone else passing through. We absolutely LOVED our stay and we promise to return!
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