Iron Bridge Creek Ranch

$1,995,000 Maydelle, TX 557± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Iron Bridge Creek Ranch awaits the family investor that seeks to hunt and play in the beautiful spring fed timbered hills of central east Texas. Conveniently located two hours southeast of Dallas and two hours north of Houston, IBCR is an exclusively beautiful wooded getaway. Game fenced in 2016, the ranch has since taken its current form where improved and trophy wildlife have begun to be established. With over 200 feet of irregular elevation change in the rolling timbered hills, IBCR leaves you with the never fulfilled desire to explore more of its 557± acres.

Three main water courses include two spring fed creeks that wind and fall through their hillside courses, and One Arm Creek, which makes up the majority of the western boundary. The recently constructed “bathhouse” serves the primitive campground headquarters, offering an elegant reprieve from the campfire and weather extremes. Take a hot shower, run a load of much needed laundry, or just have a nice lounge in the breezeway to sit and visit while out of the elements. The small cabin offers beds and/or a place for ranch labor.

The ranch is accessed by endless trails and roads winding through the creek valleys, bottoms, and hilltops. Five separate bridges make navigating the ranch easier, ranging from 20 feet to 90 feet, but there are several native rock or gravel creek crossings to keep the experience a little wilder. Five interior fields are currently equipped with blinds and feeders, with additional feeding stations around the ranch. The ranch purchased a total of seven Premier Blinds, which are all in use on the ranch.

The ranch has been managed with prescribed burns and will continue to benefit from aggressive management, whether timber or understory development. Hardwoods include various oak, pecan, hickory, holly, elm, birch, and sycamore. Loblolly pines in small amount of managed plantation, and native shortleaf and loblolly also in natural uneven aged management. A modest pine timber harvest would likely be beneficial to the overall future development of the ranch’s ecology.

Extensive efforts were made to remove all native whitetail from the ranch, which was believed to be successful. In 2019, the whitetail acquired and acclimated in the feeder pens were released. These were all trophy quality whitetail bucks acquired from reputable trophy breeders. More pedigree information available upon request. A small number of axis and elk range within the ranch as well.

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Maydelle, Texas is located between Palestine and Rusk, on US HWY 84, and in the heart of western Cherokee county. The ranch is located just a few miles south of town on a paved county road. One of the most famous local attractions is the Texas State Railroad, where “vintage steam and diesel locomotives take passengers across the celebrated rails of the Piney Woods Route between the quaint East Texas towns of Palestine and Rusk on a 50-mile roundtrip adventure.” There are other state parks, and numerous sites and towns nearby as well to explore within a short drive from the ranch.

Iron Bridge Creek Ranch is waiting for the next generation of enthusiasts to develop and manage its assets to their full potential. Wildlife, timber, and beautiful water features among the rolling hills await the next family who desires to make this their own.

Just the Facts

  • Game fenced by J4 in 2016 (26,000 feet)
  • Trophy quality wildlife
  • Dramatic spring fed creeks buried in the hills
  • Heavily wooded
  • Elevations from 300-510 feet above MSL
  • Merchantable timber
  • Two small adjacent out parcels
  • Bathhouse
  • Cabin
  • 415 foot deep water well drilled in 2017
  • Soft release pens
  • Primitive camping base camps
  • Feeders and blinds included
  • Located just a few miles south of Maydelle where one of the most famous local attractions is the Texas State Railroad

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 557±
Total Leased Acres:
Total Acres: 557±

Mineral Rights

Seller does not own any minerals, but does possess an oil and gas mineral “Surface Waiver” with designated drill site. Contact broker for further details.   


Property is currently qualified under 1-d-1 exemption, where annual taxes are estimated at $2,197.

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