The Hamilton Ranch is located in the Kansas Flint Hills about 80 miles northeast of Wichita, or 135 miles southeast of Kansas City. The ranch is comprised of approximately 5,154 acres of mostly native tallgrasses in Greenwood County. The quality of the grasses overall are excellent. West Creek flows down through part of this ranch for a mile and a half. The wooded areas of the creek bottoms, where West Creek is joined up by several seasonal streams, has generated some very impressive hunting income in the past. Historically the ranch has been utilized as a cow/calf operation. For the most part the ranch is wide open grazing country, yet you can bring your livestock in near the headquarters and put them on bromegrass in the creek bottoms and have good winter protection.
The Hamilton Ranch is cross-fenced into large pastures, plus there are several traps along with approximately 300 acres of bromegrass on the bottomland along West Creek. This ranch was originally a part of the Hudson ranching empire and therefore boasts the highly regarded “Hudson fences.” Most of the exterior fences are 6-strand barbed wire with steel pipe set-in-concrete corners and braces. The barns at the headquarters are useable but are older, and the two-story house has not been occupied for many years and should not be considered useable in its current condition.
The topographical relief on the ranch varies from gently rolling native covered hills to the beautiful bottomland areas of West Creek as it flows down through the middle of the property. The eastern portion of this ranch has more of the typical rolling hills and draws that make up the Flint Hills. The elevation on the property runs from approximately 990 feet all the way up to approximately 1,180 feet. Most of the spring-fed draws run down to West Creek.
The Hamilton Ranch is ready for a new owner and possession is available immediately on the closing of the sale. Excellent grazing, well-fenced, incredibly productive bottomland along West Creek, and some of the best hunting anywhere in Kansas. The land is typical of the Flint Hills that are underlain with limestone, and the ranch produces a lot of grass. The wide-open grazing areas within the gently rolling hills are accented by draws with scattered trees showing the abundance of the springs that feed the many ponds. The location is good and easily accessible to the markets. It is priced right and ready to be stocked by a new owner who can put a good lease in place for the upcoming whitetail deer season next fall.
The ranch is located immediately south and east of the town of Hamilton in Greenwood County, and approximately 80 miles northeast of Wichita or about 30 miles south of Emporia.
Greenwood County lies only an hour east of Wichita, the largest city in southcentral Kansas. It is predominantly an agricultural-based area with a small-town rural lifestyle feel to it. As you drive through the nearby community of Hamilton and see all of the old oil field equipment stored, one can’t help but imagine what this part of the country looked like 25 years ago in the oil boom days.
The Kansas Flint Hills represent the bulk of the remaining acres of native tallgrass prairie in this country. Originally there were over 140 million acres of this unique ecosystem, but only 4% of that remains, and it has been protected naturally by the predominately rocky soil. This rich soil sits on thick layers of limestone, flint rock, and shale. The limestone rock produces naturally rich native grasses that cattle easily gain weight on; thereby cattle ranching is the main driver of the local economy.
The average high temperature in January is 42 degrees and the average high temperature in July is 90 degrees. Average annual precipitation is 37 inches and includes 6” of snow. The ranch averages around 185 frost-free days yearly.
Elevation on the ranch ranges from 990 feet along the creek bottoms all the way up to 1,180 feet on the highest hills.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
- Native grass: 4,854± acres
- Bromegrass: 300± acres
- Total Acres: 5,154± acres
The only improvements on the ranch are at the headquarters and include several older barns and good working pens and a load-out chute. The original two-story is not in good condition and should be considered inhabitable.
There is oil and gas production on the ranch, but the seller does not own any of the mineral rights.
Property taxes are estimated at $20,902 based upon past years.
With a mile and a half of West Creek flowing through Hamilton Ranch, the bromegrass bottomlands are interspersed with stands of hardwood trees. The deer hunting is impressive. This is trophy whitetail deer country, as well as being a haven for wild turkey, quail, coyote, and numerous other native wildlife species.
Walking that protected creek bottomland and enjoying the sights and sounds of mother nature is amazing. Or take your ATV over by the low water crossing and try your hand at fishing. This is social distancing like no other.
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