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Hamman Scout Ranch - Bandera County, TX

Key Attributes

The Hamman Scout Ranch in central Bandera County was an operating scout ranch in the beautiful Texas hill country near Bandera for approximately two decades. Located adjacent to the Hill Country State Natural Area, the ranch has fantastic topography, active springs, tanks and ponds, an historical cave, archeological sites, diversity and splendor. Stunning vistas allow you to see for miles in every direction. The time has come for a new owner to steward this resource into the future.

Location:  The entrance is approximately 9.7 driving miles southwest of Bandera on paved highway FM 470 between Bandera and Tarpley. The property is approximately 60 miles from the San Antonio International Airport.

Topography:  This scenic hill country ranch has nearly 400’ of topographical relief with a high point some 1622 feet above sea level. The ranch’s broad bottoms, rocky canyons, high points and extensive ridgelines make this an exceptionally diverse property.

Habitat:  Typical of this part of the Hill Country the habitat includes Oak Juniper woodlands with incredible tree diversity including Live Oaks, Ash Juniper, Spanish oak, Shin Oak, Lacey Oak, Texas Madrone, Cherry, Redbud, Walnut and even Cypress trees! Additionally, diverse brush species, succulents and native grasses provide excellent habitat for wildlife.

Wildlife:  The Hamman Scout Ranch is home to populations of white-tailed deer, turkey, varmints, feral hogs, Aoudad and other free ranging exotics. In addition, this area of Texas is a known destination for birdwatchers! Spring Lake offers a small fishery as well.

Improvements:  The ranch is only lightly improved due to its historical use as a more primitive scout camp. Near the entrance there are a usable bunkhouse (formerly a camp store), barn, shed, camp shelters and horse pens. In the back of the property there is 2,000 square foot home with garage and separate bunkhouse.

Water:  There are numerous seeps and springs (including the named Indian Spring), several ponds/tanks (including Spring Lake fed by one of the springs), Indian Creek and other wet weather drainages.  In addition, there are two water wells on the property.

Archeology and History:  There are at least six sites of archeological and historical significance on the ranch, most of which have yet to be fully explored, researched and documented. These sites include Indian middens and evidence of early Spanish explorers including what is believed to have been a silver mine. 

For the past 29 years, the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America has been steward of this 965 acre ranch, not only preserving and enriching its features, but using the property to instill the values of character and land stewardship. As this chapter comes to an end, a new one begins. The Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America is in the process of building a new 2,816 acre Scout camp to serve its Scouts in the Houston Region. That new Scout camp is in the Sam Houston National Forest, will be one of the finest Scout camps in the country and used to create a 21st century Scouting experience for Scouts and their leaders.

Neighbor of note:   On its southerly end, the ranch borders the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s 5,369 acre Hill Country State Natural Area for over a mile providing a conservation minded neighbor that will never be developed. Historically, the ranch had secured permitted direct access to the Natural Area for expanded equestrian enjoyment.

Electricity:  Electricity is available with existing service to both improvement areas.

Minerals:  The offering is surface only. There is no production.

Other:  Northern portion of property near Hwy 470 is crossed by an existing electric transmission easement running generally west/east with monopole lines.

Area Attractions:  Bandera, Texas is known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” is known for its year round events for the whole family. It also home to numerous shops, restaurants and a few well known watering holes!   Less than 5 miles to the west is the small community of Tarpley with a music venue and “Mac and Ernie’s”, known across Texas and beyond for serving up some of the finest cuisine to be found!      

Price:             Asking $3,570,500 (or $3,700/acre)

This property is co-listed with JLL-Houston.


Hamman Scout Ranch

Bandera County, TX

965+/- Acres

Property Sold
Jan 5th, 2017
$3,570,500 (Asking Price)