Hipcamp host Margaret J.
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Pitch camp in one of 25 sites in the 20 acre forest surrounding magical Easton’s castle, the inspiration for the Wizard of OZ. L Frank Baum loved this place and you will too. A small forest. One acre campsites. You will be alone in Nature. Room for RV to park w limited electrical and wireless around castle. There are no RV electrical or sewer hookups. /p>

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
25 sites
Up to 52 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Margaret a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

2.8 miles of trails adjacent to city and countryside

Fishing

Fishing starting 6 miles away.

Hiking

La Petite Forêt de O-TE-LA is 20 acres of magical forest and wildlife adjacent to an 80 acre wetland covered with natural trail...Read more

Paddling

Free canoe on small pond and castle moat. Very fun.

Wind sports

Kites. Bring your portable disc golf.

Off-roading (OHV)

On Gravel roads and 80 avéré wetland trails only. None allowed in forest except snowmobiles over six inches of snow.

Snow sports

Cross country ski. Skating. Snowmobile.

Wildlife watching

Owls deer fox badger squirrels woodpeckers finches hawks herons geese ducks etc etc.

Boating

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp in South Dakota.

Forest

The vibe at Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Camp

Places to see near Easton’s Castle/O-TE-LA Camp

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Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
August 12th, 2018

Easton Castle was the highlight of our three week road trip and we can’t wait to come back. Margaret and Thomas were amazing hosts and have created something really cool. The entire property is tucked away so snugly that we almost couldn’t believe it was there at all! When we arrived, my girlfriend and I made it no more than 100 feet before we were greeted by a family of deer who seemed just as curious with us as we were with them. The entire property is pocketed with wide meadows, enchanted forests, lush prairies and abundant wildlife. All the while less than a few minutes away from local businesses, restaurants or anything else you might need. Easton Castle is also adjacent to a spur line and the sounds of train cars interlinking provided a lovely soundtrack to our stay. Our campsite, which was situated just north of the barn, was beautiful and fit our exact needs for our 12 foot A-Frame popup camper. The barn itself is a whole other experience. For quite some time they have been remodeling it into a community concert hall and a woodworking shop for those without access to tools or the mentorship of woodworking. Thomas also explained his passion for drum making and showed us a wide variety of drums and drum skins from as far away as Egypt. Our favorite was his handmade wooden drum he fashioned himself with plywood and chain. The following morning we were given a tour of Easton Castle which was the inspiration for L. Frank Baum’s emerald city in his famous novel, The Wizard of Oz, and an absolute must do for anyone else passing through. We absolutely LOVED our stay and we promise to return!

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Hipcamper Margaret
Response from Margaret, the Host, on August 12th, 2018

We love to have others enjoy the refreshing magic of Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Castle Campground Forest. An American historical and environmental treasure steeped in history and hopefully preserved for everyone forever. It was so satisfying to have you.

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Hipcamper Bethany
Bethany B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 24)
August 24th, 2018

Nice place to stay if you are traveling through the town of Aberdeen. It has a woodsy feel and a uniqueness factor with the 130 year old Victorian home on the property. The host Margaret promptly greeted us and showed us a few options where we could put up our tent. Her sister was also kind enough to offer us coffee in the morning which we greatly appreciated.

The pros: It was nice to be able to use an indoor bathroom and shower (for an extra fee) which is in the hosts' home. A tour of the home is available and it was really neat to see what the inside was like.

The cons: the property is very close to the train yard which is extremely loud. Luckily we were equipped with ear plugs! The other con is the thistles springing up all around the campsite (at least the one we were on). Without long pants, socks, and shoes, we would have had very scratched up feet and ankles. There were also mosquitos so bring bug spray!
If you are prepared for the bugs, noise, and thistles then I would recommend this site.

Hipcamper bob

Interesting house. lots of history.

Bob R.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 24)
September 7th, 2019

Good for tent camping. Not ready for motorhomes. The train switchyard was noisy and the Flies were aggravating.

Hipcamper Margaret
Response from Margaret, the Host, on September 10th, 2019

We are a tent and ground camp. There is room for motorhomes to park but no hookups and no charge. There are no screens. Happy camping.

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Hipcamper Christopher

Magical experience outside aberdeen

Christopher L.
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(Site 15)
June 13th, 2020

What a lovely site! Between the charming manor tour and the quiet magic of the grounds themselves, it’s no surprise to see how a wondrous novel was inspired here. The owners and preservers of this piece of history are generous with their time and kindness - be sure to take them up on the house tour to learn more about this castle. Altogether a delight to stay here and to be inspired by the legacy of this place.

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Hipcamper Noah
Noah B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 24)
July 10th, 2020

Exceeded my expectations. Campsites were clean and in great condition

Hipcamper Carrie

Creepier than expected.

Carrie S.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 24)
July 20th, 2020

My teenage daughter and I arrived at night, which was a mistake. We drove up a dark lane to a boneyard of cars, bikes, fencing and other scattered things near a rumbling train yard - all of it dwarfed by an enormous decrepit house. We rang a gigantic bell a woman emerged from the dark behind a pile of things and told us to follow her in a car that had its trunk secured with a bungee cord. She drove down a different dark lane with fencing and a broken-down RV. She removed a log over two rusted barrels that blocked the lane where campers would presumably stay. They put the log there, she said, "to keep stragglers out at night." She drove to a leaning "barn" where a man named Tom jogged back up the lane to a campsite in a clearing. He wanted us to drive further into this forested tunnel that didn't seem big enough for me to stand in, let alone drive the car into. He told us to come find him later so we could all play a game if we want. Once he left, we turned around and drove to the Best Western. I was glad they hadn't put the log back up on the rusted barrels so we could just drive out without having to get out of the car to remove it. I've camped my whole adult life in all kinds of situations. In this one my spidey sense was telling me, "Go."

Hipcamper Serg
Serg G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 24)
July 31st, 2020

Great time camping out here. Nice and quiet. Margaret was very welcoming and Tom was awesome with the upkeep. Would go again.

Hipcamper Jennifer

A+ property + friendly hosts

Jennifer B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 11)
August 11th, 2020

Margaret helped me pick out a site and had a fire started in the big pit at my site upon arrival.. The surrounding forest was enchanting and fun to explore with my pup.
Would stay again.
What other reviewers mentioned about the nearby train sounds is a factor, it didn’t bother me, but be prepared for that.

Hipcamper Margaret
Response from Margaret, the Host, on August 11th, 2020

Were so glad you like our camp, trains and all.

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Hipcamper Gamble

Friendly, safe, quirky and quaint

Gamble S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 24)
August 16th, 2020

We needed a quick place to camp on a 2,000+ mile drive, and of course being weary in the times of Covid. This place was perfect! Very spacious with multiple sites to choose from. The sites range from personal to group, and they were all well kept and each had a personal style. If you’re in SD, camp here. We definitely will again.

Property
Easton’s Castle/O-TE-LA Camp
State
South Dakota
Country
United States
$16/night
25 Sites

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