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Annie's Main City HIDEOUT

5 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Drexel, MO
Pitch your tent on one of two wooded islands or back in woods by the creek. Opened new hiking trail up creek cross bridge, down opposite side. Badminton, fishing, paddle boats, hillbilly swimming pool, half court pickle ball inside the dome. Second Saturday musician night from 6-9 pm. Stage, PA, drums, mics, amps, dance floor. Learn more about this land:
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BaseCamp Humboldt

2 sites · RVs21 acres · Humboldt, KS
Base Camp is a 21 acre modern campground + RV Park, trailhead, and bike park. We have beautiful cabins, mini A-frames and full service pull-through RV hookups. Located in Humboldt, KS at the trailhead to the South Wind bike trail. Base Camp features a quarry pond for fishing and small watercrafts, large open fields for recreation and a bike skills course perfect for beginners and seasoned riders alike. Our RV spots are located in our large parking lot. Each rental includes water, 30 and 50 amp electric and sewer hookups. Humboldt, KS was listed in the 2022 NYT 52 Places for a Changed World because of the work of A Bolder Humboldt. ABH developed BaseCamp and is feverishly working to breathe life into our downtown square. You will find a coffee shop, candy store, a Bruncherie, and nightlife. We are grateful for your support of our efforts through your visit to Humboldt.
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Silver Hind Farm

1 site · Tent75 acres · Pleasanton, KS
Our family farm is 75 acres, with a spring fed lake, fishing ponds, timbered hills, ravines, creeks, and grasslands. Swimming is allowed, along with fishing, hiking, horseback riding. No ATV's, however. We like the peace and quiet, and ask you are respectful of that and treat the land as a sacred place.
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The best camping near Fort Scott National Historic Site guide

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Lace up your walking shoes when you visit this National Historic Site—and expect lots of uneven ground. Yes, most of the buildings here are reconstructed (after all, the Fort closed in 1853, and the original buildings auctioned in 1885). But the rebuilt buildings are fascinating, giving you a real sense of what life was during the country's westward expansion. Don't miss the Wilson-Goodlander House, one of the few buildings still standing from the 19th century.

You can tour the fort and grounds using an app on your smartphone, which lets you explore at your own pace, or hold out for the guided tour that lets you dive a little deeper into the history (One odd but interesting fact: The soldiers at the fort ate stale bread, because fresh bread was considered bad for you!).

Come back at year-end holidays or during summertime event weekends to view re-enactments of one of the attacks on the fort that made it famous during the "Bleeding Kansas" era, and learn a little more about this site's troubled history from the era of Manifest Destiny and slavery. Soldiers with horses often come in for these events, and kids can sign up to be Trailblazers or Junior Rangers and participate in some cool programs that way. You may even hear some period artillery being shot off — History class was never like this! Stay a little longer — view all nearby options for camping on both public campgrounds and private land by diving deeper into Hipcamp.

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