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Los Encinos River Ranch - Blanco County, Johnson City, TX

Los Encinos River Ranch is the perfect recreational and investment property located on the banks of the Pedernales River just outside of Johnson City. The ranch is on the uppermost reaches of Lake Johnson City that is known for its recreational appeal and more consistent water levels. The ranch and the area offer endless recreational opportunities including fishing, hunting, paddling, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, biking, shopping, winery tours and just enjoying the tranquility of the Texas Hill Country.


The ranch is just 1.7 miles north of downtown Johnson City, TX along the west side of Highway 281. The ranch also has excellent proximity to Austin, TX  being just an hour away; and is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio, TX. The ranch has a large stretch of Hwy 281 frontage totaling approximately 2,060’.

Nearby attraction of note approximate distances:

Fredericksburg, TX:  30 minutes

Luckenbach, TX:  25 minutes

Marble Falls, TX:  20 minutes


Los Encinos River Ranch has over 1,150’ of Pedernales River providing the ranch with endless recreational opportunities.

The Pedernales River is one of the iconic Texas Hill Country rivers. With its headwaters just southwest of Harper, TX, the Pedernales makes its 106 mile journey through Gillespie County, Blanco County, northern Hays County  and then flows into the Colorado River and Lake Travis in Travis County. Along its course, the river supports a variety of species including Guadalupe bass (the Texas State Fish) and largemouth bass just to name a couple.

The are a couple of shallow seasonal ponds as well that hold water following rainfall.

In addition, the ranch has one water well equipped with an electric submersible pump.  This well currently provides water for the improvements.

Terrain & Habitat:

The ranch has a balanced mixture of tree covered grasslands, gently sloping hillsides and a wet weather creek leading to the river that all provide excellent habitat for wildlife and space for recreational activities. The majority of the ranch has been part of an Ashe juniper management program while leaving a few areas for more dense wildlife cover. Tree species found on the ranch include live oak, Spanish oak, cedar elm, pecans, hackberry, and ashe juniper.


The ranch is host to the common native Texas Hill Country species including white-tailed deer and the Rio Grande turkey. The ranch has a healthy population of white-tailed deer are seen regularly. The Pedernales River valley is known for its populations of Axis and the owner reports seeing them from time to time.  Feral hogs are infrequent visitors as well, as they work up and down the river.


The property is lightly improved with a small 2 bedroom, 2 bath cabin overlooking the river and valley.  There is a small metal sided garage adjacent to the cabin.

In the central portion of the property there is a small 3 sided equipment barn with a portion finished into a bunk room and adjacent office.

Near the front of the property are two Quonset huts current used for light storage.

Minerals: Seller’s owned minerals, if any, are negotiable. 


Los Encinos River Ranch

Blanco County, Johnson City, TX

135+/- Acres

Property Sold
Jul 2nd, 2020
$2,400,000 (Asking Price)