Hipcamp host Dave C.,
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Setup a tent, hang a hammock or stay in one of our primitive structures. Blackthorn-USA is an Outdoor Adventure School in Randolph, KS.  teaching Primitive Skills, Bushcraft, Homesteading and more. Our campsites range from moderately secluded, semi groomed areas to completely wild and untraveled. Off road vehicle parks, ziplines, kayak rentals and outstanding hunting and fis

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Setup a tent, hang a hammock or stay in one of our primitive structures. Blackthorn-USA is an Outdoor Adventure School in Randolph, KS.  teaching Primitive Skills, Bushcraft, Homesteading and more. Our campsites range from moderately secluded, semi groomed areas to completely wild and untraveled. Off road vehicle parks, ziplines, kayak rentals and outstanding hunting and fishing are just a short drive away.

Our forests of cedar, oak, walnut, osage orange, cottonwood and more, along with our close proximity to water, provide excellent habitat for whitetail deer, raccoon, bobcat, fox, beaver, muskrat and many others. Many birds make their home here as well. It’s not uncommon to see turkey, hawks and eagles during the day or hear various owls at night.

The Flint Hills provides us with an abundance of flint and other unique rocks from glacial deposits. The diversity of plants, trees, wildlife and other natural resources make this an ideal place to learn, grow and relax under the stars.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers
8 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No potable water
No showers
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 20ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
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

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

2 miles from the lake. Marina 20 minutes away.

Fishing

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

Hiking

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

Horseback riding

Horseback rides, ziplines and swimming 5 minutes away.

Paddling

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

Swimming

20 minutes away.

Wildlife watching

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

Biking

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Blackthorn Basecamp in Kansas.

Field

Beautiful prairies and meadows a short drive or long walk from our forested camping areas.

Driveway

Private all weather road access to, or close to, all campsites.

Forest
Lake
River, stream, or...

Places to see near Blackthorn Retreat

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Hipcamper justin
Justin H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 21st, 2021

This place is awesome. I booked this site to hit the tuttle offroad area and was not disappointed.
I arrived about 1pm and dave's wife showed me to the site and gave me a couple helpful tips about where to get food and firewood.
Spent a couple hours bouncing over rocks at the orv area (protip dont bring fullsize pickups out here, trails are steep and skinny) and headed back to camp. Met dave and he filled me in on his survival school- if you have the time it sounds like a ton of fun.
Over all the campsites are amazing and dave seems to know his stuff.

Hipcamper Graham
Graham L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 6th, 2021

The host was very nice and the campground is clean and beautiful

Hipcamper Sara
Sara R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 4th, 2021

Dave and Blackthorn Basecamp were amazing. Such a great place. Will absolutely be back.

Hipcamper Sara
Sara B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 27th, 2021

This was my second time staying at Blackthorn Basecamp and I’ll be back again! My friends and I take an annual trip here, and it’s the absolute best. Dave is kind and considerate, and has made a wonderful and very special place here.

Hipcamper Tavia

Best place for outdoor adventure

Tavia L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 20th, 2021

Dave was AMAZING with my 11 year old boys! I highly recommend this sport for folks who are interested in learning about the great outdoors and survival in the woods. He was so patience with my boys and taught them blacksmithing + they got to take home a tool that he helped them make for future camping. They will be bragging about it for years. They also have not take off the amazing fire-starter necklaces we bought there. Dave- I need to order some more!! With great appreciation! Tavia, Calder and Max

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Hipcamper Erika
Erika H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 8th, 2021

Dave was a wonderful host! Very accommodating, he made sure I had everything I needed to have a pleasant camping experience. 10/10 would come back.

Hipcamper Avery

Very cool!!

Avery B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 2nd, 2021

100% would recommend!! From what I understood from Dave (the owner), the campsite isn’t really split into sections like traditional camp grounds but rather one huge communal piece of land. It has several amazing, hand built structures that you’ll be sure to love. We enjoyed exploring the trails and sitting around the fire.

Hipcamper PRESTON
Preston W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 29th, 2021

So good we stayed a 2nd night!

Hipcamper Anthony

Great, couldn't have been better

Anthony D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 9th, 2021

This was a beautiful secluded site with a lot of personal touches made by owner, very cool guy. Close to a store also a great convenience

Awards

Best in 2021 Kansas
Finalist
Best of 2019 Kansas
5th place
Property
Blackthorn Retreat
State
Kansas
Country
United States
$25/night
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