Highpoint Ranch - Edwards County, Barksdale, TX
Elevated high in the pinyon-covered hills of the western Nueces canyon land is the Highpoint Ranch. Fitting for its name, the ranch’s elevation ranges from its highest point of 2,263’ down to 1,960’ providing dramatic terrain and habitat for the outdoor enthusiast. The area is rich in Texas history and was settled by early Texans in the 1800’s. Surrounded by predominantly giant neighbors, the pressures of the human footprint are minimal for the benefit of the wildlife and habitat.
Topography, Rangeland & Habitat
The Highpoint Ranch consist of dramatic pinyon pine covered hills and lush oak bottoms of the Nueces canyon lands. This scenic Hill Country ranch has approximately 303 feet of topographical relief with the highest point being 2,263 feet above sea level. The ranch benefits from 2.2 miles of Deep Creek, a wet weather creek and drainage, plus 6 other unnamed drainages.
Typical of this part of the Hill Country, the habitat includes oak juniper woodlands with fantastic tree diversity including live oak, spanish oak, blue oak, shin oak, pinyon pine, cherry, walnut and ashe juniper.
Although two thirds of the ranch’s perimeter is high fence the ranch still offers fantastic low-fenced hunting of both free-ranging native and exotic game. The ranch shares its low fence border with the large and historic Cedar Creek Ranch. Wildlife you typically see include native species such as whitetail deer, rio grande turkey and various predators. An additional free ranging specie frequenting the ranch is the aoudad but other exotics find themselves calling the Highpoint Ranch home as well.
In A.J. Sowell’s book from 1900, “Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of Southwest Texas”, which is a recommended read for anyone interested in first-hand history of the broader area, he recounts the sad story of the frontier Coalson Family murdered by Indians. The Coalsons settled on the headwaters of Cedar Creek in 1877 which is only a couple miles from the ranch!