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Longhorn River Ranch

3102 FM 165, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620 - Hays County
$25,000,000 1640.73 Acres
Property ID 2544429



This premier property is situated in the Texas hill country on FM 165, a paved, two-lane highway that connects Southwest Austin and north San Antonio, which are each just 35 minutes away. The ranch is in a highly sought-after area that is easily accessible to Fredericksburg, the Highland Lakes, Canyon Lake and Wimberley. Dripping Springs, Johnson City and Blanco are each only 10 to 15 minutes away for easy access to supplies, shopping and restaurants.


At 1640.727 acres, with over a mile of frontage on FM 165, approximately 1.25 miles of both sides of Onion Creek, rich bottom land and high hilltops, ample native and exotic game, Longhorn River Ranch is truly spectacular!

Famed ranch developer George McAlister made the front part of this property his personal showpiece in the late 1970s, and painstaking attention to detail in planning and execution was his hallmark. The landscaping, creekside berming, roads and lake construction serve as evidence of first rate techniques of land enhancement that still show through today on this exquisite property.

Breathtaking hilltop overlooks and winding riverbanks abound on this amazing ranch, which is teaming with exotic and native wildlife. The entire ranch is game-proof fenced, and up to seven species of exotic animals call the ranch home, including bison, axis deer, fallow deer, scimitar horned oryx, blackbuck antelope and elk. Protein feeders are scattered throughout the ranch, and water is piped to numerous locations from three electric wells. There are several miles of interior ranch roads that are in excellent condition. All equipment necessary to operate the ranch is included in the sale.

The centerpiece of the property is over a mile of spring-fed Onion Creek which meanders through the heart of the ranch. The creek varies from rock-bottom with small waterfalls tumbling into clear pools, to gravelly shoals and wide slab flats, with much of it protected under a relaxing, shady hardwood canopy of oak, sycamore, elm and walnut trees. A series of seven concrete and earthen dams back up shimmering lakes of deep water, perfect for fishing, swimming, floating and kayaking. There are table-sized limestone outcrops jutting into the water in some areas, with smooth, grassy berms rising gently to the sides in others. The improvements are strategically perched alongside or near the waterway, though not clustered, allowing for privacy if so desired.

The land itself has the kind of variety most can only dream about owning. A high ridge bisects the ranch, with spring canyons falling off to the east and west, some of which flow water much of the time. Limestone bluffs tower over smooth, oak-studded creek bottoms, providing a dramatic contrast that is only found in this part of Texas. About 150 acres of clean fields are spread along the highway, and another 80 or so acres of field and good soil lie on the east side of the ridge.

Top country is mostly cleared of cedar, with tall Spanish Oaks and live oaks remaining. Hillsides have been left in some cedar, providing welcome shelter and cover for wild game. Soils vary from loamy clay in the bottoms to caliche clay with limestone outcrops on the hillsides, to thin silty clays on the mesa top. This variety supports excellent native grasses and forbs, while also allowing ample material for road construction and maintenance.


There are four unique homes on the property with sleeping accommodations for up to forty-one, and each home has an exclusive setting and its own porch or deck to relax and watch the wildlife. There is also an apartment attached to a barn/workshop that serves as foremans quarters. Virtually all furniture, art, utensils and other household items currently in the dwellings are included in the sale.

The Main Lodge is about 3,800 square feet, with 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, two living areas, gourmet kitchen, two fireplaces built around a central stone patio which opens to a large swimming pool. The home offers stunning views from every window and an expansive deck overlooking Onion Creek with a private 13-foot deep pool with a diving board and an 8-person spa. There is also a large, built-in stone smoker/pit on the north side of the pool deck for authentic Texas BBQ. The attached guesthouse forms a tree-filled courtyard and has three interconnecting rooms separated by locking doors each with its own bathroom and private entrance. There are two bedrooms each with king size beds and a large bunk room with four sets of bunk beds that each have trundles. The bunk room is the perfect hideaway for kids with a game table and television. The large kitchen has two gourmet refrigerators, and all the appliances you need to prepare a home-cooked meal that you can enjoy in the formal dining room or on the back deck.


6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeping for 21

Formal Dining Room

Outdoor Dining

2 Living rooms

Full kitchen

2 Indoor Fireplaces


42 Flat screen TV

Direct TV Satellite Cable/DVD Player

Wireless Internet

Private Pool

Large Built-In Smoker Pit

Amazing Views

The Lakeside Retreat is the most remote of the four homes and offers a romantic setting nestled up to a small lake on the west meadow where you can observe the many species of exotic wildlife gathering for a drink. This home sleeps 7 comfortably in its three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master suite houses a king bed and a large bathroom, with French doors that reveal a deck overlooking the lake, perfect for morning coffee. On the other side of the house there are two additional bedrooms - one with a full bed and another large room with 3 twin beds and a shared bathroom. The lake house also offers a full kitchen and dining room as well as a full size washer/dryer.


3 Bedrooms/2 Baths (Sleeping for 7)

Formal Dining Room

Kitchen Bar Seating

Deck overlooking Lake

BBQ Grill

Fenced yard w/ Cattle Grate

TV/Satellite Cable

The Creekside Cottage is a darling home situated right along the banks of Onion Creek, with a full kitchen, comfy living room with satellite TV, and large fireplace. The cottage boasts a large master suite with a wrought iron king size bed. French doors lead to a creek side deck to be awakened by the sun and sounds of nature. On the other side of the home there are two additional bedrooms, one with a queen bed and walk in closet, the other with two comfy twin beds and a utility closet with full size washer/dryer and its own entrance.


3 Bedrooms/2 Baths (Sleeping for 6)

Full Kitchen

Breakfast Nook

Creek side Deck

BBQ Grill

TV/Satellite Cable

The Outpost is a quaint bunkhouse with real cedar post furniture and a wood burning stove. This quaint two-room house gives a feeling of rustic authenticity. Soak up the views from the comfort of a rocking chair on its screened-in porch, or sing songs and toast marshmallows in the fire pit thats just outside the door. The front room houses two twin beds, a large bathroom and a kitchenette with a mini-fridge and hotplate. In the back room there are two tall cedar post bunk beds and a cozy sitting area.


2 Rooms/ 1 Bathroom (Sleeping for 6 or 8 if using both sofas)

Small Kitchenette

Full size refrigerator

Screened in Front Porch w/ fans

Fire pit w/ cooking grate


Longhorn River Ranch has been marketed with great success as a vacation destination for the past several years. It is marketed primarily through Homeaway, VRBO and through the Longhorn River Ranch website. The entire vacation rental operation conveys to the new owner. The vacation rental staff can continue the operation for the new owner or cooperate in a smooth transition.


Whether youre are an animal-lover or an avid hunter, you will be stunned by the vast array of exotic and native wildlife that roam the property: trophy whitetail deer, buffalo, elk, aoudad sheep, rams, European fallow deer, axis deer, scimitar-horned oryx, blackbuck antelope, goats and turkeys.

Longhorn River Ranch currently is the home of a successful commercial hunting operation. This entire operation, complete with all animals, feeding and processing equipment, marketing materials, etc. conveys with the sale of the ranch. The hunting operation staff will either continue running the business for the new owner, or will assist in a smooth transition.


Other structures on the property include an indoor lighted basketball court, various sheds and outbuildings, a cottage and gazebo. Lighted tennis court with basketball goals, and an attached covered pavilion, zip line, professional skeet range with low and high launch-houses, Frisbee golf course, riding arena, numerous stone picnic tables, barbecue pit, classic entrance, paved entry road and underground water storage are among other improvements designed to facilitate world-class entertainment and utility. There are ample opportunities on this ranch for enjoying the outdoors while hunting, fishing, swimming, kayaking, hiking or biking.


This showcase ranch is a landmark property of the highest order, the kind of which rarely makes it to public market. The offering is turn-key to the lucky new owners, and current management will assist in a smooth transition. The Longhorn Ranch is perfectly appointed to serve as an investment property if so desired as it is an ideal setting for vacation rentals, corporate retreats, weddings, family reunions and much more.


Asking Price is $25,000,000, cash to sellers, who will provide basic title insurance and recent survey prior to closing. 2014 taxes were $14,489.72. Property tax exemptions are in place for most of the ranch for agricultural use.

The information contained herein is deemed reliable, but cannot be warranted by Seller or Broker, and is subject to change, errors and/or omissions, prior sale and withdrawal from market. Buyers are urged to verify representations on their own, and draw their own conclusions about the usefulness or value of the property for a given purpose. Property conveys as is, where is, with all faults.

Shown by appointment only with:

Paul C. Hudson, Broker

Hudson Properties, Inc.

3939 Bee Caves Rd.

Suite A-204

Austin, TX 78746

512.328.8744 ext. 100 (office)

512.658-3801 (cell)

512.328.8766 (fax)

Paul C. Hudson (TREC Lic#:0420363) and Hudson Properties, Inc. (TREC Lic#:0478996) are both licensed Texas Real Estate Brokers



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Equipment Barn
Living Quarters
Shop Building
Tack Room
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Mineral Easement

Will Subdivide


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Flood Plain

Whitetail Deer

Cold Storage Facility
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Outdoor Arena

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