Welcome to Cherokee Springs Ranch

A Hidden Gem

in the Texas Hill Country

Cherokee Springs Ranch, located between Cherokee and Bend in southeastern San Saba County, is a ±1,685-acre wonderland of live water, diverse landscapes, unsurpassed productivity and real Hill Country ranch living.

Water in Abundance

Angler's Dream Lake

A beautifully-sited 3-acre lake, complete with a dock, adds another water source for wildlifeand recreational element for people. Stocked with bass year-round, it’s an angler’s dream as well as a kayaker’s paradise.

Pristine Pool

Family and friends can also take a dip in the compound’s pool. With a diving board crafted from a huge rock hauled from the back of the ranch, the pool, too, appears as if it could be part of nature’s handiwork.

Spring Fed Creek

Cherokee Creek, a spring-fed, year-round creek, bisects the property. Coursing through the ranch for ±1.75 miles, natural and unobtrusive man-made dams create stretches of rippling, free-flowing water with pristine pools and tumbling waterfalls.

Main House

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The main house and adjoining guest casita form a welcoming compound situated near the front of the ranch. Professionally designed and maintained landscaping that showcases hardy, drought-tolerant Texas natives ensure the homes seamlessly blend into the area’s natural beauty.

The 2-bedroom/2-bath A-frame main house with a limestone exterior and red metal roof, also includes 2 loft spaces, so it comfortably sleeps 7+ people. The professionally decorated home combines warm wood floors, custom-stained trim and cabinetry, tile and granite with patterns reminiscent of the region’s geology, and soaring ceilings to create an aesthetic that is both sophisticated and natural. The main house features a full kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances.

Pool & Patio

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Because the best ranch living happens outdoors, the compound boasts a covered outdoor dining area with a huge rock fire place. There is also fire pit nearby where people can collect to shake off the chill of a fall evening or roast marshmallows for sticky s’mores on balmy summer evenings.

Family and friends can also take a dip in the compound’s pool. With a diving board crafted from a huge rock hauled from the back of the ranch, the pool, too, appears as if it could be part of nature’s handiwork.

Guest Casita

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The 2-bedroom/2-bath casita, which was designed by Austin architect Gary Furman, is connected to the main house by a motor court and lighted stone walkway. The casita was professionally decorated and carries the sophisticated natural aesthetic throughout.  The casita has a “continental kitchen,” with a microwave, coffee bar and undercounter fridge as well as the ranch’s media room featuring Surround Sound and a billiards table.

1,685 Stunning Acres



  • The closest city to Bend would be Lampasas, Texas, where you can find an H-E-B and the world’s largest spur.


  • The Bend community is home to a quaint, little general store where you can eat and purchase various items. Visit the Historic Chapel in Chappel, Texas.


  • The Texas hill country is known for it’s growth in the wine industry and a nearby town, San Saba, is home to a couple of  wineries.


  • A small town near Bend, named Cherokee, TX is home to one of the greatest music festivals in Texas.

A Real Working Ranch

Ranch Land

Within the ranch’s fencelines, the elevation rises to about 1,410 feet. The terrain varies with the elevation, and as a result, the entire topography of the Texas Hill Country is on display.

In the lower elevations, which includes the lush creek bottom, the soil is rich, deep and productive. Each year the native pecan trees produce a bounty, which the wildlife feast on.

Cultivated Fields

Depending on the season, cultivated fields, encompassing about 160 acres, are planted in a mixture of wheat, oats and sunflowers, providing grazing, hay or a buffet for migratory doves.

Cherokee Springs Ranch annually produces about 150 round bales of hay that is used to supplement the cattle herd during the winter months.

Solar Pumps & Windmills

Springs burble up through the limestone in hidden nooks throughout the ranch. In addition, the water-rich ranch also includes 3 small stock ponds scattered over the property along with a windmill outfitted with a solar pump to supply two wildlife watering stations in the far-reaches of the ranch.

A highly productive well supplies the houses and provides irrigation for the yard.


Wildlife & Livestock

For the past 10 years, the abundant wildlife resources—native whitetails, Rio Grande turkeys, feral hogs, doves, ducks and a plethora of non-game species—have been managed under the watchful, experienced eye of a consulting wildlife biologist. The primary goal has been keeping populations in balance with the land’s carrying capacity, so each species can thrive and the habitat remains abundant.

With the deer in mind, nature’s bounty is supplemented with protein, energy-rich corn and seasonal food plots. Hunting opportunities have been limited to family and friends, but could be expanded into a commercial operation if the new owners so choose.

While the current owners have focused their attention on wildlife, they maintain a 20-head herd of commercial cows to help manage the vegetation and honor the area’s ranching heritage. Because of the land’s productivity, the livestock operation, depending on the new owners’ goals, could be enlarged.

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Joe David Yates & Associates

Joe David Yates is a licensed Broker in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma and has been practicing real estate for over 28 years. He has represented both buyers and sellers in farm, ranch, residential and recreational land real estate transactions totaling almost a half a billion dollars during his tenure as a Real Estate Agent and Broker.

His ranching background gives him an in-depth perspective to land and the value of, which is very helpful to prospective buyers and sellers in the process of land transactions. He is a third-generation rancher and a native Texan born and raised in Llano County. Joe David and his wife Heather and their two children, Sloan & Savannah, live in Mason, Texas! They take an active part in the community where Joe David also serves as a director for Capital Farm Credit, National Director for Farm Credit Council, and is a member of the Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association.

MOBILE: 512.567.3036

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