511.45± Acres
New Listing

Rock Away Ranch

ID: 48229
Status: New Listing
Price: $7,671,690
Acres: 511.45±
Price Per Acre: $15,000
Address: 9180 FM 1241
City, State: Hamilton, Texas
County: Hamilton
ZIP Code: 76531
Presented By: Bret Polk
Taxes: $9,250
Dwelling Sq Ft: 3,900
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 4


Summary:  Welcome to Rock Away Ranch, a very unique one of one type recreational ranch property that features highly sought after Cowhouse Creek frontage, diverse terrain, excellent topography, big views, abundant wildlife, and an absolutely spectacular ranch headquarters located creek side in a serene parklike setting. 

Location:   Located where the Cross Timbers Region converges with the Texas Hill Country, Rock Away Ranch is found in southern Hamilton County, approximately 10.5 miles south of Hamilton, Texas, an easy 1 hour 50 minutes southwest of Fort Worth, 2 hours 15 minutes southwest of Dallas, 2 hours north of Austin, and just under 3 hours north of San Antonio. Physical Address: 9180 FM 1241, Hamilton, TX 76531

Rock Away Ranch Headquarters:  

Main House - Perched just above Cowhouse Creek, the ranch headquarters at Rock Away offers a resort-style experience for both owner and guest where no detail has been overlooked or expense spared in creating this wonderful family and friend’s destination and owner’s private escape to the country. This unique compound features a spacious 2,520 sf 2/2 owner’s home with 760 sf of covered porches overlooking the creek, where you’ll be drawn to simply sit back, enjoy the sound of the rippling waters below, and be encompassed by the beauty and sounds of nature. Just inside you’ll find contemporary elegance and every detail accounted for as the owners thoughtfully created this one of a kind getaway. The home is bright and inviting, with a spacious living and sitting area flanked by a wonderfully designed kitchen with large island, all stainless-steel appliances, gas range, quartz countertops, and custom cabinets. Off the kitchen you’ll find a wonderful dining area where large picture windows and double sliding glass doors allow the room to fill with natural light. In the early evening, this also happens to be just the spot to catch the sun as it fades gently into the horizon and puts on a show. Bedrooms include a nicely sized master and en suite with his & her vanities, shower, and walk-in closets, and an equally well-appointed guest bedroom and en suite. A large utility/mudroom caps off this retreat to the country with more custom cabinetry and storage. Attached here, you’ll also find a heated/cooled “breezeway” area for pets, as well as a 2 car garage. The home was originally constructed in 2004, and recently (2019-2020) underwent a complete remodel.

Creekhouse - Just steps away you’ll find the centerpiece of the headquarters, the 900 sf Creekhouse. “Brilliant”, really may be the best way to describe this structure. Built in 2018, this space was designed by the owners with family and guest gathering, comfort, and elegance all in mind. Offering a spacious living area and fully equipped kitchen with all stainless-steel appliances, gas range, honed black granite countertops and large bar-top island, and of course a full bath, the Creekhouse is like the ranch clubhouse or 19th hole, where you can slip off your shoes, kick back and watch the ballgame, enjoy a family dinner, or be utilized as the central hub for entertaining. Just outside you’ll find 350 sf of patio space and a nearby firepit. Water is provided to the Creekhouse by its very own dedicated water well. This Trinity Aquifer well was drilled in 2018 at a depth of 435’ and volume tested at 20-25 gpm at the time of installation.

Bunkhouse - For additional lodging the headquarters also offers a comfy 480 sf bunkhouse with custom designed double bunkbeds and a full bathroom. Each of the larger bottom bunks are equipped with their very own phone, tablet, or gaming device charging station and reading lights. Water for both the main home and bunkhouse is provided by the local rural water supply company with water meter in place.

Barn - Also at the headquarters, you’ll find a 1,280 sf barn on concrete with 660 sf being an enclosed shop with rollup door. Perfect for equipment and atv/utv storage.

(Note: All square footages and construction dates are correct to the best of our knowledge, but should be considered approximate.)

Cowhouse Creek Frontage and Additional Water Features:   Rock Away provides an impressive amount of easily accessible Cowhouse Creek frontage with just under a mile total, of which approximately 3,000’ provides frontage and use of both sides as the Cowhouse winds its way through the east part of the ranch. The Cowhouse is a picturesque clear water, rock bottom creek that is locally thought of more like a river than creek, and will run year-round in normal rainfall years and typically maintain long stretches of water during drier conditions. The riparian areas that buffer the creek range from heavily wooded and brush covered providing prime wildlife habitat, to immaculate and pristinely maintained where you can enjoy a morning creek side walk or run. The headwaters of the Cowhouse begin one county over to the west in the hills of northeastern Mills County, then the creek winds its way to the southeast through Hamilton and Coryell County before reaching its terminus into Lake Belton in northern Bell County. Additional water features include ~960’ of Henderson Branch frontage, 4 stock ponds, and multiple wet weather draws and drainages. The ranch offers reliable domestic use water sources with two private water wells as well as rural water service provided by Multi-County Water Supply.

Terrain:   The natural lay of the land creates ~175’ of wonderful elevation change and scenic views of the ranch and surrounding country side, with everchanging topography and diverse terrain which ranges from tillable creek/river bottom land and deep hardwood and brush covered draws, to high rocky ridgelines, outcroppings, points, and plateaus. Tree cover and vegetation include live oak, bur oak, post oak, elm, sycamore, cottonwood, hackberry, cedar, mesquite, bumelia, elbowbush, sumac, green briar, sand plum, and strong native grass pastures.

Approximately 100 acres of fertile creek bottom land is separated by cross fencing and Cowhouse Creek, providing 5 separate fields for hay and grain production. These fields are currently leased to and farmed by a local tenant, helping maintain the manicured look and feel of the property. 

Wildlife and Hunting:   The ranch is setup with numerous quality blinds and feeders in place, and has only been lightly hunted in recent years. The property and area are home to an abundance of native wildlife including whitetail deer, Rio Grande turkey, dove, the occasional quail, hog, coyote, fox, and bobcat. A variety of songbirds and squirrels are regular visitors near the headquarters.      

Roads and Fences:   Primary access to the ranch is provided at a gated entrance on FM Highway No. 1241 where the property fronts for ~2,380’. There’s also county road frontage with 408’ along Hamilton County Road No. 415 on the north end of the ranch between FM 1241 and the Cowhouse Creek crossing, and 323’ of Hamilton County Road No. 423 frontage along the southeast part of the ranch. An extensive network of improved all-weather ranch roads, unimproved pasture roads, and trails provide excellent travel throughout the property.         

The perimeter is all low fenced and in good condition to hold and turn livestock. There is some cross fencing in place and a set of working pens are centrally located within the ranch.   

Ranch Managers Home and Barns:   Near the heart of and located on one of the higher elevated portions of the ranch is the 1,450 sf ranch foreman’s home. This home is located within a fenced and well-maintained area that encompasses approximately 3 acres where you’ll also find a ~2,800 sf barn that provides a 1,200 sf game processing room on one end and 1,600 sf used for equipment/implement storage on the other end. There’s also a rustic rock sided ~2,500 sf barn here that’s connected to the aforementioned working pens.  

Utilities:   Electric utility service is provided by Hamilton County Electrical Cooperative and rural water service by Multi-County Water Supply. Nextlink provides internet service to the ranch with a private receiver tower on property.

Easements:   Additional access and a separate point of entry for accessing the ranch foreman’s home is provided by a 30’ wide deeded easement that only serves the Rock Away Ranch. The easement road runs west from Hamilton County Road No. 423, approximately 915’ along an all-weather gravel road to a gated entrance and cattle guard located near the most easterly southeast corner of the ranch. While this easement is utilized as the ranch foreman’s primary means of access, in the event the interior ranch crossing of the Cowhouse becomes impassible due to high water, this easement also provides a backup source of entry for the owner to always be able to access all parts of the property. There are no large electric transmission line or pipeline easements encumbering the ranch.   

Property Taxes:   The property is ag-exempt and property taxes for 2023 are anticipated to be approximately $9,250.

Airport:   Nearest public airport is Hamilton Municipal Airport just south of Hamilton, Texas, which provides an asphalt runway measuring ~5,012’ in length and averages ~89 aircraft per week.   

Price: $7,671,690 ($15,000 per acre)


Bret Polk – Broker Associate (254) 965-0349 mobile   bret@hrcranch.com

Blake Hortenstine – Broker   (214) 616-1305 mobile   blake@hrcranch.com

Broker & Commission Disclosure:    Buyer’s Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer’s Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. 

Additional Information


  • dove
  • hog
  • quail
  • small game
  • turkey
  • waterfowl
  • whitetail deer


  • atv trails
  • bike trails
  • bird watching
  • fishing
  • hiking trails
  • hunting

water access

  • creek


  • mineral
  • water
  • wind


  • barn
  • barndominium
  • cabin
  • farm house
  • garage
  • fencing
  • pond
  • shed
  • well
  • workshop

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