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Cripple Creek Ranch

$1,405,000 Groveton, TX 187± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Cripple Creek Ranch is an exceptionally improved property located just 80 miles from The Woodlands, Texas near the small east Texas community of Groveton, which is the county seat for Trinity County. The ranch consists of 186± acres of rolling pasture and woodlands, and provides abundant opportunity for recreation, leisure, hunting, and agricultural production. Much of the ranch’s western boundary adjoins the Davey Crockett National Forest, which offers a backdrop of tall mature timber. Consisting of approximately 4,280 square feet, the home features a main master suite and full guest quarters with two additional bedrooms, enabling it to be utilized as a traditional split-plan residence. The large front patio is outfitted for one to watch the morning news, livestock, and wildlife all at the same time within an insulated, pest controlled, well-appointed environment. The horse stables, garage, and UTV parking are incorporated into the residential structure as well. A large outdoor kitchen, covered by a cedar pergola, leads to the swimming pool and hot tub. Additionally, there are two large barns for hay storage, an insulated workshop area, and equipment storage. A small lake on the ranch is fully stocked with catfish and designed to be fished with the greatest of accessibility. Cripple Creek Ranch offers beauty, diversity, privacy, and impeccable improvements within a reasonable drive of the greater Houston area.

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Just the Facts

  • 186± acre ranch near Groveton, TX
  • 80 miles from The Woodlands
  • 4,280 sq. ft. living area
  • Three bed, two-and-one-half baths 
  • Improved patio overlooking ranch
  • Horse stalls & pastures
  • Pool & hot tub
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Two barns
  • Insulated workshop
  • Stocked lake
  • Caney Creek

General Description

A key-coded gate built of stone and ornamental iron serves as the entrance to Cripple Creek Ranch.  After passing through the gate onto the property, the rock drive winds up the hill through manicured pines past a small, improved pine plantation. The home is located against the easterly boundary of the property, atop a ridge offering views across the large hay field and pond. The ranch road continues past the horse pastures and cattle pens and through a crossing on Caney Creek.  The meanders of Caney Creek and scattered pockets of oak timber offer an exceptional amount of wildlife cover and habitat. Small meadows are scattered about as well, dotted with stand-alone oak groves and occasional pools of water from the creek. From front to back, the  journey through Cripple Creek Ranch is a diverse one for an east Texas ranch.  

Broker's Comments

Cripple Creek Ranch offers the entire package to the buyer who needs to be reasonably close to civilization, wants beauty and diversity in an east Texas ranch, and demands quality improvements.  The ranch could serve well as a permanent residence, or as a weekend retreat.  The view and enjoyment from the patio improvements make this ranch truly special.

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Location

The ranch is located just north of the small east Texas community of Groveton, 80 miles northeast of The Woodlands, Texas at the end of 349 B (or Benny) Lee Road.  The property is accessed from FM 3154 and Walter Dial Road.

Locale

Situated in Trinity County, the ranch is tucked in among larger neighbors as well as the Davey Crockett National Forest. Trinity County is known for its large timber tracts and small population which combine to give the ranch exceptional solitude. Ranches in this county are quilted into a landscape of national forest lands and larger private forestry holdings. The proximity of Lake Livingston, the Trinity River, and Lake Conroe all serve as draws to this area. 

Climate

Trinity County typically receives 48 inches of rain per year. The average high temperature is 79.3 degrees, and the average low temperature is 54.4 degrees, with an average growing season of 244 days. 

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

13± acres of improved pine planation10± acres of Jiggs Bermuda horse pasture 35± acres Jiggs hay field10± acres Jiggs Bermuda hay field/pasture100± acres of mixed use pasture/ timber/ creek12± acres of homestead/shop-barn/entryway

Deeded Acres: 187±

Total Acres: 187±

* All acreages are approximations.

Improvements

The home was incorporated into the main structure through an architect’s design focusing on how the owners  enjoy the property.  The smaller original dwelling toward the rear of the main structure can be utilized as separate and secure guest quarters, or fully functional as part of the entire home. Inside, there are many custom features including woodwork, faux finishes, chiseled granite countertops, interior stone work, copper sinks and vessel copper tub, coffered ceilings, and small unique design touches that distinguish the home. Additional details include:4,280± sq. ft. residence incorporated into a 7,900 sq. ft. main structureChilled pool and adjacent hot tubOutdoor kitchen under a pergolaCovered patio-entertainment area/pest controlled/large screen TVThree horse stalls with individual turn-outs and direct pasture accessUTV storage/single-car garage. Home is backed by a 25KW propane powered generatorOutside, the horse stalls connect to the main exterior hallway.  The patio and entertainment area are pest controlled and feature rock accents and wood ceilings, and a built-in cabinet with a large screen TV. All of these exterior items offer a unique outdoor experience in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee, or a pleasant evening with friends watching the wildlife and livestock across the ranch.The main barn includes an insulted shop area with electricity, water, and large bay doors, perfect for handyman-type crafts, or repair and maintenance of farm equipment. There is plenty of storage space for hay and materials and also a permanent game cleaning station.

Water Resources

The water supply for the home is provided by Penning Rural Water Supply. Caney Creek traverses the property.  There is also a large stocked pond on the ranch located directly in view of the patio area.

Mineral Rights

Per the previous owner’s title insurance policy, one-half of the mineral estate has been reserved by prior owners.  The seller intends to convey all remaining mineral interests to the buyer, within the consideration of the purchase contract. 

Timber Resources

The southern pine planation encompasses 13 or so acres, and will prove as a future asset to the ranch. 

Taxes

The Groveton ISD taxes are approximately $2,782 per year.

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Recreational Considerations

The ranch is thoroughly inhabited with whitetail deer, waterfowl, feral hogs, occasional mourning dove, and various small predators and varmint. Also, the large stock tank in view of the home is comprehensively stocked with tilapia and catfish. The ranch is well-suited for further development of all its equestrian, hunting, fishing attributes and could also function as a camp/retreat venue.

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General Operations

Cripple Creek Ranch is perfect for the owner who wants a little of it all - livestock, hay farming, horses for the grandkids, and wildlife for all to enjoy. Any one of these opportunities can be developed further within the existing structure of the ranch. The current hay operation generally produces 300 large rolls per year, most of which is marketed to a local rancher. The ranch’s small cow herd has recently been sold.

Grazing Resources

This ranch is perfectly suited for 30 cow/calf pairs in its current configuration.  With additional cross fencing, one could possibly graze 50 cow/calf pairs.

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