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Camp Tonkawa Woods & Horse Camp
12 reviews
· Collinsville, Texas
35 acres
8 sites
3 Lodging
5 Tent
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, Texas, United StatesTo 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: 100%Response time: Within 5 hours
14 ratings · 12 reviews
Jessica G.recommends
May 1, 2022
Site 1 - Woodland Tipis at Horse Camp
April is a wonderful host with a beautiful property. The area we were in was very private and had easy access to multiple trails. Her and Sarah were also incredible with our horseback riding experience to ensure we were all comfortable and had a great time.
Josh B.recommends
December 19, 2021
Site 2 - Tent Camping at Nature & Horse Camp
Great fun, clean, and safe :)
What an amazing stay! April is a kind and knowledgeable host. Her communication was A+ and she's super hospitable. The property is easy to find, and quite well maintained. We just took a quick 2 night trip in December to get away, and absolutely loved it. On the second day we organized a trail ride with April, again she was super accommodating. The kids were allowed to help groom the horses and get them ready. Then we got some basic instruction and a nice mid morning ride exploring the property. Overall, a very cool place- very safe, we felt fine letting the kids explore the woods and the parkour course by themselves. And it looks like we just scratched the surface. Around the camp you'll find evidence of boy scout projects, and camping classes, all sorts of great activities going back at least 20 years. I can't wait to organize a bigger group event in the spring. We'll absolutely be back. If you're on the fence at all, just book now. You won't regret it.
Vanessa B.recommends
November 8, 2021
Site 2 - Tent Camping at Nature & Horse Camp
The campsite was large and lovely, with lots of trees and a big fire ring. April was a kind and generous horse riding teacher. My six year old loved it so much!
Daniel B.recommends
November 7, 2021
Site 2 - Tent Camping at Nature & Horse Camp
Gotta stay again
What an amazing night!! Wide open field for camping and tons to do around. The horse back riding made my daughter and wifes weekend!! Neither had ever ridden before. These guys made it all comfortable and enjoyable!! We cant wait to come back!!
Heather B.recommends
May 9, 2021
Site 2 - Tent Camping at Nature & Horse Camp
Lots of areas to explore and great star gazing.
Jamaal J.recommends
April 4, 2021
Site 2 - Tent Camping at Nature & Horse Camp
Perfect getaway close to home
This place is perfect place to take your family. April was an incredible host. Lots of space for kids to explore and have fun. We opted for for horseback riding as well, April and team were great with instructing and helping everyone.
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