Hipcamp host Dave C.
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Setup a tent, hang a hammock or stay in one of our primitive structures. Blackthorn-USA is an Outdoor Adventure School in Randolph, KS.  teaching Primitive Skills, Bushcraft, Homesteading and more. Our campsites range from moderately secluded, semi groomed areas to completely wild and untraveled. Off road vehicle parks, ziplines, kayak rentals and outstanding hunting and fis


Setup a tent, hang a hammock or stay in one of our primitive structures. Blackthorn-USA is an Outdoor Adventure School in Randolph, KS.  teaching Primitive Skills, Bushcraft, Homesteading and more. Our campsites range from moderately secluded, semi groomed areas to completely wild and untraveled. Off road vehicle parks, ziplines, kayak rentals and outstanding hunting and fishing are just a short drive away.

Our forests of cedar, oak, walnut, osage orange, cottonwood and more, along with our close proximity to water, provide excellent habitat for whitetail deer, raccoon, bobcat, fox, beaver, muskrat and many others. Many birds make their home here as well. It’s not uncommon to see turkey, hawks and eagles during the day or hear various owls at night.

The Flint Hills provides us with an abundance of flint and other unique rocks from glacial deposits. The diversity of plants, trees, wildlife and other natural resources make this an ideal place to learn, grow and relax under the stars.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
8 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No potable water
No showers
Have a question? Send Dave a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


2 miles from the lake. Marina 20 minutes away.


River at camp. Lake a short ride or long walk away.


80 acres around camp adjoining 12,000 acres public ground at Tuttle Creek lake.


Creeks and rivers at camp. Slow to moderate flowing water.

Off-roading (OHV)

310 acre state maintained ORV parks 2 miles from camp. Open to the public at no charge. Tuttle Creek Lake


20 minutes away.

Wildlife watching

Coon, possum, squirrel, cottontail, white tail deer, elk, coyote, bobcat, a wide variety of birds including an active (in sprin...Read more



Natural features you'll find at Blackthorn Basecamp in Kansas.


Beautiful prairies and meadows a short drive or long walk from our forested camping areas.


Private all weather road access to, or close to, all campsites.

River, stream, or...

The vibe at Blackthorn Basecamp

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Hipcamper Linda
Linda M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 16th, 2018

This is a diamond in the rough..Dave and Joy were so gracious and shared all their future plans with us. We arrived more than two hours later than we had planned and not only was Dave accommodating, he actually waited for us to show us where to camp. The sites are filled with all kinds of cool structures, including a Gothic building that is big enough for a bed, refrigerator and an air conditioner..what a cool concept. There is a trampoline, great climbing trees, a tire swing and other swings...they had the cleanest porta potty I have ever seen. He helped us open our trailer and brought some grease in the morning to lubricate the slides of the bed...so very thoughtful...these people are the epitome of what Hipcamp represents...I will definitely return here the next time I am in kansas.

A Gothic structure that brings camping to a whole new level.My new favorite way to campA good R&R spotUp, up and away
Hipcamper Dave
Response from Dave, the Host, on August 19th, 2018

Thank you so much! It was great having you, Tony and the kids out here. Looking forward to seeing you all next time you pass through! Hope the rest of your trip and journey home goes well! Cheers!

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 12th, 2020

Dave was so friendly and nice! Our campsite was next to the building which worked out just fine And he allowed us to hook up to the electric. The only aspect we didn’t quite realize was that it was situated next to a small highway which generated noise from passing vehicles throughout the night, but not terrible. Thanks for a great stay!

Hipcamper Shane
Shane W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 16th, 2019

Dave and Joy are two of the kindest people you will ever meet.

Blackthorn is a great place try out many different ways to camp from an a-frame tarp to a gothic style cabin. You can get as primitive as you want or choose to be more comfortable.

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Hipcamper Mary
Mary F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 2nd, 2019

Dave was a great communicator and awesome host. We felt safe giving our kids a little more room to explore than they’d normally get while camping.

Hipcamper Dave
Response from Dave, the Host, on September 5th, 2019

Thanks Mary! We enjoyed having your group out here and look forward to next time!

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Hipcamper Marlin

Friendly host, great atmosphere.

Marlin W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 14th, 2019

Dave is super friendly, knowledgeable and helpful! He helped us inexpireanced campers start a fire and assisted in setting up our tent. He taught us how to keep our fire going and informed us about our sorroundings which helped confort us throught the night. We highly recommend this for those who want to get away from the city for the night or anyone looking for some training in one of his wilderness classes.

Hipcamper Mackenzie
Mackenzie S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 16th, 2020

He was very helpful and kind. Helped us make a fire and made sure we were set before leaving. He also offered any help if we needed it during the night. Also had a sweet dog!

Hipcamper Jacob


Jacob J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 24th, 2020

Absolutely fantastic! Definitely coming back here next time!!!

Hipcamper Dan
Dan F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 4th, 2020

Head's up, this isn't just a place to camp.
Dave also teaches bushcraft and survival techniques, so as such, there are structures already built on the property. Firepits, examples of construction techniques, etc. The night we stayed there was a bit of rain, so making use of tarped off areas and roofed spots was really nice.
The area is incredibly lush, the ground relatively flat, plenty private and huge. If I lived in area I'd love to take a class here as well.
I'd recommend this spot to anyone looking for a fairly primitive experience, yet still has some conveniences (like solar powered cellphone chargers, so you're not totally out there.

Using the central fire pit to cook some chili.There were storms incoming in the night, so for added dryness we set up a tent under this tarped area. (There are also chairs and tables over here) My tent at night. Dave has a charging and light station set up under the tiki hut - I also liked it for the increased protection from ground moisture. This was one of the driest spots!First arrival. Everything was so green!
Hipcamper Peyton
Peyton T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 13th, 2020

Absolutely loved blackthorn basecamp! It was such a beautiful place and Dave was just the nicest guy! We had an amazing time and will definitely be back.


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