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Eric M.鈥檚 Land

3 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents320 acres 路 Leon, KS
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Turner's Quarter

1 site 路 RV3 acres 路 Andover, KS
Learn more about this land:Come stay for a night at Turner's Quarter in our quiet country neighborhood. Enjoy access to a large fire pit, free firewood, and a large area for your camping activities. Take in a view of the bright night sky you just cant get in the city. Only 1 minute off the highway and only a quick walk to the main house in case of an urgent need. Perfect spot to stay a night if you're traveling across the state and don't want to stay at a busy campground. There are other houses nearby, but only home you can really see is ours from the site. We are careful to ensure our camper's privacy during their stay! ***We are not allowed to offer tent camping at this time due to Hip Camp's requirement of a toilet. We are working to find a solution that meets Hip Camp's policies.***
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Dry Creek Post

5 sites 路 Lodging13 acres 路 Cedar Point, KS
While cruising the winding backroads of the Flint Hills to the property, you will immediately become enchanted by the peaceful scenery, beautiful skies with striking cloud formations, wind swirling through the trees, an abundance of animal life, and the flora and fauna. When you arrive at the property, hosts Kirt and Kim will be there to greet you with a smile, and give you a tour of the grounds. And, if you are lucky, Kim will bring you a basket of fresh baked goods. Farm dogs Charlie and Buddy, no doubt, will be there to tag along on your tour - but not to worry, they are friendly dogs who keep guard over the chickens and goats, and are sure to become your two new best friends. After your tour of the vast and serene property, you will be shown to one of the three group tents, or the more secluded tent on the other side of the property - depending on which tent(s) you reserved. All of the glamping tents are safari style with spacious interiors and luxurious details you are sure to love. The three group tents can sleep up to 4 each, and are furnished with a queen and two twin-sized beds, along with cozy decor. There is no electricity in the tents, but there are lanterns and solar lights to help guide your way back to your retreat after dark. The group tent area also includes a community fire pit for late night S'mores, another outdoor area with a gazebo and a grill, and an enclosed outhouse and shower. The secluded tent is for those who want a little more privacy. This tent is furnished with a queen size bed, and is stylishly decorated. This tent also includes a fire pit, private outdoor seating area with grill, and a private enclosed outhouse and shower. Along with the incredible tents, Dry Creek Post also offers many perks that bring guests back time after time. There is a shared outdoor kitchen with a grill, sink, propane oven, and an outdoor dining table large enough to seat 10, plus, the Rowdy Rooster Clubhouse. The Rowdy Rooster is the infamous clubhouse that is always a hit with guests. This clubhouse is original to the property, and was renovated by owners, Kim and Kirt, for guest use. Along with the hand-painted "Texaco" sign on the floor, the clubhouse has a rustic feel, and gives you the feeling that you have stepped back in time, or into a really cool bar in the city. The Rowdy Rooster includes a bar area, mini fridge, table and chairs, popcorn machine, lots of games, and blankets for chilly nights. Its the perfect spot to sit and play cards, have a few cocktails, or an impromptu dance party. The Rowdy Rooster also has an attached deck with seating, another fire pit, and a movie screen for special movie nights! While there are many activities at Dry Creek Post to keep you busy, there are also many scenic places to visit in the area. Some of those locations include Chase State Fishing Lake, Council Grove Lake, Herington City Lakes, Flint Hills Scenic Byway, Flint Hills Wildfire Drive, Marion Reservoir, and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. There are also many cultural events in the area, including the Flint Hills Rodeo, Unbound Gravel, and Symphony in the Flint Hills. You'll also want to make a stop at the historic Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, an Italianate architectural stunner that is still in use today. After visiting the courthouse, there are shops, an art gallery, antique shops, and spots to eat, so go out and wander the charming downtown area and support the local community. No matter what your adventure is within the area, Dry Creek Post is the perfect spot to unwind and find tranquility, an experience you won't soon forget.
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Camp the Range

45 sites 路 RVs10 acres 路 Wichita, KS
Whoa! Give that pedal foot a rest and soak up some Sunflower State hospitality. Camp the Range in Wichita KS is an easy off from the freeway, a full-service RV Park geared for stopovers and whole season residents alike. You鈥檒l find that the skies really are not cloudy all day. (There鈥檚 a storm shelter for the odd exception.) And you鈥檙e in the best spot to get to the best spots in Wichita. Lots of recreation, relaxation and plenty of the good kind of shade. Camp the Range is designed to accommodate large rigs with many long pull-through pads, all with full hookups and 30/50 amp service. Most are shaded with natural mature trees, and all of the necessary facilities and camp store are just steps away. It鈥檚 CWB. Camping with benefits. In your cozy Camp the Range spot, you鈥檙e never more than a minute鈥檚 walk from a fully stocked convenience store, clean, air conditioned showers, restroom and 24/7 laundry. Fast Wi-Fi is on the house. Our Coyote Clubhouse recreation room is open to guests during normal business hours and rentable for exclusive gatherings.
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$70
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Bearded Gander Farm

1 site 路 RV, Tent80 acres 路 Douglass, KS
Bearded Gander Farm is our home and a working market farm situated on a total of 80 acres. The property features more than 50 acres of beautiful pasture and meadows, along with tree lines, 2 ponds, and orchard in the making. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Tons of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Our market farm produces a range of organically grown fruits and vegetables and will be adding pasture raised chickens and eggs soon. Walk through the property and see our many pollinator habitats and permanent plantings - see zebra, tiger, and eastern swallowtail butterflies, many types of bees, and more. We live and work with intention to create sustainable habitats for all wildlife and see an abundance of hawks and owls, swallows and kites, lizards, toads, frogs, spiders, and everything you would imagine seeing in nature. It's our goal to have a full and balanced ecosystem. We look forward to sharing our place with you -Jessie and Travis
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Bare Ass Acres

10 sites 路 RVs, Tents30 acres 路 Emporia, KS
30 acres with large shop, pond, and hedgerows. 3 miles west of Emporia off hwy 50. Learn more about this land: 30 acres hay field with a pond for swimming or fishing. Shouse (shop house) owner lives on site. Looking for people that come to Emporia Kansas for community events like the Dirty Kanza, Disc Golf, and more.
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Camping close to McConnell AFB

12 sites 路 RVs, Tents80 acres 路 Derby, KS
After living in the country I know how peaceful it can be.聽 So being so close to the city and having this space that is secluded and peaceful it seemed only fair to share it with someone who is interested in the same thing.聽 When you drive onto the property you will take the first left and follow the grave towards the pond then take a right, drive past the garden, past the fire pit and聽toward the trees.聽 From there you can pick your spot to spend sometime enjoying the great outdoors.
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Maud on the Prairie

1 site 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Matfield Green, KS
YOU MUST RIDE YOUR BICYCLE TO THE CAMPSITE. This is a campsite specifically for gravel bicycle travelers. There is NO PLACE to park a vehicle. A truly unique camping and cycling experience. Sleep in a rustic tiny home and experience the wide open Flint Hills. The tiny home (affectionately called Maud) is parked along the tree line of Little Cedar Creek in Chase County. The exact location is provided upon reservation. Maud has camp style cots in a bunk bed arrangement, a 5 gallon container of drinking water, a composting toilet, and a coleman stove. CAMPFIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED---EVER. There is a solar system with lights and a charging station. We don't guarantee the battery level. You should bring everything you will need--bedding, food, lights, matches (for the stove). What you pack in, you pack out--we don't have trash service out there. You empty the toilet's liquids bucket, we will take care of emptying the solids. Instructions provided at the trailer. It is approximately a quarter mile Hike a Bike from the road to the trailer. Vehicle parking is available in Matfield Green, specific instructions provided upon reservation.
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Boxcar Family Escape

1 site 路 RV, Tent1 acre 路 Rose Hill, KS
Climb to the top of a rustic train boxcar and take in the beautiful Kansas country sky. Our peaceful property is a perfect escape while still being only 10 minutes from gas, grocery, and restaurants in Rose Hill. Derby Walmart Supercenter is 20 minutes away, and Wichita proper is just a 25-30 minute drive.29 Mile away you have聽El Dorado State Park which聽is a showstopper of family fun! Located in the Flint Hills, this park has an immense wildlife area, over 8,000 acres of water, and 98 miles of shoreline (think beaches and coolers filled with cold beer). While you are here, you can take your boat on this expansive lake to explore it all while you fish for your dinner. Back on the land you鈥檒l be beckoned by picturesque hiking trails, biking trails, and horse trails. There is a wide variety of campsites on the shoreline, offering the perfect vista to see the moon and stars reflected back into the lake. Kansas magic at its best!Meet our friendly indoor/outdoor cats, and maybe even spot a deer in the surrounding fields as you relax around the fire pit. Visitors in June can even harvest fresh mulberries from several trees surrounding the camping area. We commonly see deer, squirrels, rabbits, and a large variety of birds. We've occasionally spotted bald eagles in our surrounding trees.No pets allowed.聽
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Gail F.鈥檚 Land

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents160 acres 路 Severy, KS
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The Hideaway

1 site 路 Lodging24 acres 路 Rose Hill, KS
The Hideaway is a unique off-grid campsite on the Kansas prairie in a copse of trees. You can enjoy the beauty of nature and the comforts of home. Inside this beautiful Lotus Belle tent there is a cozy queen size bed, a dinette equipped with place-settings for 2, a sitting area and a wood burning stove. Outside the tent you'll enjoy our kitchen with a smoker/grill and gas stove, dining area and fire pit. The eco-friendly bathhouse has shower, sink and composting toilet.
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$175
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Den Creek Ranch- Flint Hills

1 site 路 RV, Tent50 acres 路 Cottonwood Falls, KS
Gorgeous 46 acre country property surrounded by trees and nestled into the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills. Perfect place to get away for some peace and quiet to enjoy nature and wildlife. Stone fire pits, natural stream "Den Creek", pond full of fish, and walking trails around the property.We welcome families, friends who travels through the area with RV's or mobil homes. There is a fully installed RV HOOKUP available with 30Amp-50 Amp plugs, water/sewer in a very beautiful place on the property.Learn more about this land:Gorgeous 50 acre country property surrounded by trees and nestled into the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills. Perfect place to get away for some peace and quiet to enjoy nature and wildlife. Stone fire pits, pond full of fish, and walking trails around the property.
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$100
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The best camping near El Dorado State Park guide

Overview

About

El Dorado State Park is a showstopper of family fun! Located in the Flint Hills, this park has an immense wildlife area, over 8,000 acres of water, and 98 miles of shoreline (think beaches and coolers filled with cold beer). While you are here, you can take your boat on this expansive lake to explore it all while you fish for your dinner. Back on the land you鈥檒l be beckoned by picturesque hiking trails, biking trails, and horse trails. There is a wide variety of campsites on the shoreline, offering the perfect vista to see the moon and stars reflected back into the lake. Kansas magic at its best!

Notable campgrounds

  • Bluestem Point: Offers a mix of primitive and utility campsites, perfect for both tent camping and RVs, with stunning lake views.
  • Walnut River: Known for its shaded sites and proximity to the water, this campground is ideal for families and anglers alike.
  • Boulder Bluff: Features equestrian-friendly sites with corrals, catering to those who wish to explore the park on horseback.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak season weekends, as sites at El Dorado State Park fill up quickly.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Keep an eye on the park's alerts for any last-minute openings due to cancellations.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your preferred campground is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit El Dorado State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its most vibrant. Summer offers a wealth of activities but can be quite hot. Winters are less crowded but may be too chilly for some outdoor activities.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any alerts on blue-green algae advisories before planning water activities.
  • Be aware of the park's winter hours for the office: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm, with closures on weekends.
  • Remember to purchase the necessary permits for camping and any specific activities like fishing or hunting.
  • Accessibility is a priority, with ADA camping available and trails designed for various needs.
  • For a seamless experience, download the CampIt KS Mobile App for easy access to park information and services.

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