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Blackthorn Retreat

· Randolph, Riley, Kansas
101 acres hosted by Dave C.
2 lodging sites · 6 RV/tent sites · 3 tent sites
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
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Best in Kansas: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
The most unique feature of this property is that it was unaltered for the last 50 years. Purchased in 2015 by us  for use in outdoor skills instruction as Blackthorn-USA. In 2018 we developed Blackthorn Retreat as a private campground. Densely wooded and home to many animals this property is unlike any other place in the area. It was, and is, our intention to create campsites and usable space without the use of heavy equipment to maintain the natural setting and diverse wildlife habitat. While we are now altering the property, we are working with our land as opposed to forcing it to our will. Come see us. Adventure awaits!
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166 ratings · 138 reviews
Leah R.recommends
March 28, 2024
The Gothic Pod
I stayed at Blackthorn to attend their knife forging workshop and had an awesome experience. The pod was cozy and had all the essentials, and Dave was a great host. I felt very welcome.
Brock B.recommends
March 17, 2024
The Swing Camp
Me and my son loved camping on Dave’s land! Our spot was nice and exactly as depicted in the description. Dave was super nice, met us at the entrance and got us to our campsite. Would definitely go again.
Kel H.recommends
December 31, 2023
Rock Ridge
Dave was an amazing guy and was very helpful! Dave provided us with a map 🗺️ (which was very useful) and some firewood to keep us warm!!! The place was a 10/10 and I’ll be coming back again!!!
Jack C.recommends
November 20, 2023
Blackthorn Basecamp
Dave was a great dude and was super accommodating with anything I needed (firewood). The road was really well maintained and I would definitely come back here again.
Gina B.recommends
November 5, 2023
Camp Ash!
Great stay!
Loved it! We stayed in the Camp Ash site - surrounded by trees, but close to the car for carrying gear. Dave is so kind and helpful, and the dogs and cats around the property are adorable. Lots of trails and area to explore. We will definitely come back!
Meg O.recommends
October 23, 2023
Blackthorn Basecamp
Dave’s land is ideal for camping! He was very helpful in getting me to my site. I would highly recommend.
Randolph, Riley, Kansas, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Washtáge Moⁿzháⁿ (Kaw / Kansa), 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^(Osage), and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Dave C.Joined in June 2018
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