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Camp Tonkawa Woods & Horse Camp

· Collinsville, Cooke, Texas
35 acres hosted by April H.
3 lodging sites · 5 tent sites
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
In the early 1900’s an iconic red barn was built near the hilltop along the road between the old Mt. Zion community and Collinsville. Later in the 1900’s, the land was mostly abandoned by its owners, but not by the local fishermen! They knew its woodland fishing pond never dried up, and so was able to support a better population of fish. They also dumped a cornucopia of old motorcycles, cars and farm equipment in the front field. What else were you supposed to do with scrap metal in North Texas horse country? In 2002 the Holtzman family purchased the 35 acre tract of land. They dug a front pond for swimming and paddling, buried the scrap metal (although occasional bits of history still work their way up!), restored and brought horses back to the barn, and began consulting with local biologists about supporting native wildlife. April Holtzman launched Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center on the property to provide a beautiful, safe place for families to explore and learn about nature. Camp Tonkawa continues to host overnight and day camps with educational programing organized around various themes including: Native American culture, nature awareness, basic camping skills, primitive survival, organic gardening, herbology, outdoor cooking, western days, and horsemanship. We also host field trips and frequently conduct Girl Scout journeys for all levels in the "It's Your Planet, Love it!" series. Due to Covid-19, which limited working with groups for our educational programing, we joined Hip Camp where families who could isolate in nature together on our property.
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Collinsville, Cooke, Texas, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Wichita, Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), and Tawakoni First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by April H.Joined in October 2018
Response rate: 60%Response time: Within 16 hours
37 ratings · 18 reviews
Alberto H.recommends
October 23, 2023
Site 2 - Tent Camping at Nature & Horse Camp
Great place to experience nature, not too far of a drive. The pond in the back is great for panfish fishing, the kids had a lot of fun pulling those fish out! True camping experience to gather your own firewood. The renovated outdoor kitchen looks great!
Chris S.recommends
October 10, 2023
Site 3 - Tent Camping at Nature & Horse Camp
Great experience. April, the host was very accommodating my daughter very much enjoyed the archery and horseback riding. The trails were fun and the campsite was great. We will be back I highly recommend.
Heather H.recommends
April 24, 2023
Hammock Camping
We really enjoyed our time! There is a lot of quiet wooded area with trails behind the campsite to explore and you can tell April has really put a lot of love and time into her property. Don’t be afraid to explore, the trails go a lot deeper than we realized on the first day. We really enjoyed exploring around. She has mailboxes throughout the trails. My daughter could check the mail and read facts about wildlife. There is even an entire park built in the woods. Lots of hand made children’s crafts along the way like paver stones to find and admire. She offered us tons of activities like horseback riding, canoes/kayaks, hammocks. She even has a cute little ranch dog that came down to meet us a few times and is super sweet. Amazing place for kids to explore the outdoors while also staying entertained the entire time. We could have easily spent multiple days out here!
Cellar Ink T.recommends
April 10, 2023
Woodland Tipis at Horse Camp
Perfect Getaway
We loved it out here! April was an amazing host. We went horseback riding & kayaking. Our 5yo and 10yo had a blast! We pitched our tent right by a trailhead and went on daily hikes & adventures in the woods. We will definitely be back! Thank you April!
Bailey C.recommends
March 14, 2023
Tent Camping at Nature & Horse Camp
Great for first time campers
We had a great time staying the night at Camp Tonkawa. Perfect place for my first time camping. Easy access to water and compost toilets, and a fun place to explore. The horseback ride add on was a nice, fun addition.
Cindy C.recommends
October 17, 2022
Woodland Tipis at Horse Camp
First time to camp with a tipi
This was our 4th hipcamp to bring the kids to, and they all said it was their favorite. Plenty to do. We paid for horses and archery, kids LOVED both. We set up our tipi at one of the trailheads which was fantastic for exploring kids, and also parent friendly (when bringing them for dinner). Almost no poison ivy anywhere! April was terrific, education & nature are her passion and that made the experience all the better. She was so inclusive of the kids, I think they felt valued when she asked for their help to set up the tipi. Definitely coming back!
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