Lands & Dwellings by Allen Crumley

Ward Creek Ranch

Status: Available
Price: $6,248,000
Acres: 880 +/-
Price Per Acre: $7,100
Type: Hunting Land, Ranches, Recreational Land, Riverfront
Address: 880 Acres on New Hope Road
City, State: Palo Pinto, Texas
County: Palo Pinto
ZIP Code: 76484
Lat/Long: 32.7025417, -98.2406032
Contact: Allen Crumley



Ward Creek Ranch is an idyllic Brazos River Valley ranch sitting in the heart of Palo Pinto County only an hour west of Fort Worth. This 880-acre ranch lies just outside the quaint community of Lone Camp and has great paved road access from FM 4. FM 4 is one of the most scenic routes in the county and really adds to the enjoyment of the drive. Once home to the Comanche's, this ranch is well located in an area with good quality neighbors and long-term landholders. With over one mile of Brazos Riverfront, 1.75 miles of Ward Creek, several ponds and tank and 2-165' deep water wells, this ranch is exceptionally well watered for livestock, wildlife, and household purposes. The river frontage has a nice variation from drive and walk out locations to low cliffs that can be easily hiked down. An excellent 60/40 blend of heavy cover to open pastures graces the ranch. Ward Creek cuts diagonally through the property with banks varying from 10 to 50 feet tall and is a bona fide wildlife sanctuary for the numerous native species that call this place home. There is no current oil or gas production and the sellers will convey a portion of the minerals with an acceptable offer. This is an overall excellent recreational ranch that can also handle a quality cattle operation and is located well within the golden 1:30 from DFW. This incredible live water ranch has been family owned for almost 50 years now and is ready for the next chapter of its legacy to begin. 


The land has an excellent 60/40% blend of heavy cover to open pastures. There are approximately 100 acres of cultivation which have been planted in wheat, 150 acres of managed coastal pasture and 130 acres of managed native range. The balance of the 500 acres is dense but navigable heavy brush. In these 500 acres run Ward Creek and the draws that feed it. The different pastures and the creek have created numerous wildlife friendly edges of pasture and heavy brush. Despite being bisected by a significant creek feature, the all locations of the ranch are very accessible and several hard-bottom creek crossing exist as well. The pasture is currently under a grazing lease with a local respected rancher who has done a very good job of maintaining a good range condition. Outside of the banks of the creek, the topography rolls beautifully varying up to 50'. The banks of Ward Creek add an additional 40-50' of fall. Some view of the surrounding hills of the Palo Pinto Mountains can be seen from almost every location on the ranch. There is 2382' of road frontage on Davenport Road and 5691' of frontage on New Hope. Both of these roads are paved and there is an entrance on each as well. The entire northern boundary is over 1 mile of Brazos River frontage with locations of walk out access, 30' and lower cliffs with a number of climb down locations. 


With over one mile of Brazos Riverfront, 1.75 miles of Ward Creek, several ponds and tank and 2-165' deep water wells, this ranch is exceptionally well watered for livestock, wildlife and household purposes. There are two distinct and deep fishing and swimming holes on the river frontage. Both can be accessed with a UTV or 4-wheeler which can be rare in many locations of the river. The cliff edge is an excellent place to visually spot a number of species of fish that live and surface in these pools. In a short time on the ranch, the listing agent has seen largemouth bass, grass carp, long nose, and shortnose gar, panfish and feeder fish. Ward Creek is a huge asset to the ranch and the native wildlife that call the ranch home. Ward Creek will run at a trickle most of the year and occasionally dry up during the warmer months. During rain events, an impressive volume of water flows through the ranch and into the Brazos. The creek has cut through the sandstone hills for the last few millennia and most of the creek has a hard rock bottom. At the confluence of the creek ate the river, there is a nice size pool that is an excellent fishing spot. There are three small tanks and one seasonally large tank that can fill up to as large as 4.5 surface acres. Near this large tank is the eastern water well. The western water well is near the western boundary is the northwestern quadrant of the ranch. Overall, there are very few ranches on the market with this many highly desirable water attributes which help make Ward Creek stand out above so many others. 


Numerous typical local species call the ranch home such as Whitetail Deer, Rio Grande Turkey, wild pigs, white-wing and mourning dove, bobwhite quail and hosts 1000's of migratory ducks during the season. The ranch has been extremely lightly hunted over the past 46 years of ownership. During the short time the listing agent has been on the ranch, he has seen healthy populations of deer, turkey, wild pigs, an occasional coyote, and beaver. 

The ranch is minimally improved but is fortunate to have two good water wells and electricity in several locations leaving this a blank slate for the next owner. Many of the fences have been replaced in modern times. Those that have not been replaced are functionally good and have been holding cattle easily. The entrance on New Hope road is an offset pipe entrance and the entrance on Davenport is a more modest ranch gate entrance.

Minerals: With an acceptable offer, the seller may consider conveying some of the minerals they own. There is no production and the minerals are unleased. There are two pipelines that cross the ranch but have little to no negative effect on the property. 


From I-20, north on FM 4 through Santo and Lone Camp, right on New Hope and go through the jog in the road, property on left. Sign on property.


This ranch is beingoffered For Sale and is Exclusively Listed by Allen Crumley, Associated Broker with Williams Trew.

Buyer's agent must be identified on the first contact and must accompany buying prospect on all showings to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at the sole discretion of the Listing Broker. Prospects may be required to provide proof of funds prior to scheduling a showing. No trespassing, please. Seller's agent must be present at all showings. This information was obtained from sources deemed to be reliable, but in no way warranted by Williams Trew or Ebby Halliday. The property is offered subject to errors, omissions, change in price and/or terms, or removal from the market without notice. The Buyer and Buyer's representatives should verify all information contained herein.

Contact Allen Crumley at 817-862-4459 for immediate assistance.


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