Hipcamp host Janice J.,
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VERY close 1.5 hours from Austin or SA BUT very remote. ONE mile NON graded easement.  GPS use "Aat the Ranch" to gain directions.  First gate "Post Oak Springs" Gate code will be sent on day of arrival.  Once Post Oak gate opens GO STRAIT the other owners have clearly placed a NO trespassing sign where GPS tells you to take a right.  THEY do not want you to take a right.

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VERY close 1.5 hours from Austin or SA BUT very remote. ONE mile NON graded easement.  GPS use "Aat the Ranch" to gain directions.  First gate "Post Oak Springs" Gate code will be sent on day of arrival.  Once Post Oak gate opens GO STRAIT the other owners have clearly placed a NO trespassing sign where GPS tells you to take a right.  THEY do not want you to take a right.

GO STRAIGHT to AAT THE RANCH gate, its open.

I am a mile into a 3,000 acre cattle ranch, my 30 acres is fenced in and completely surrounded.  PLEASE follow the go STRAIGHT directions. 

 AHHHHH great job.... you have made it into 30 fenced in acres of complete paradise.  NO ROAD NOISE so no loud music, nature is to be heard.  NO SHOOTING NO ATV Bikes & hiking are great.   I have marked the 10 specifically designated sites on the Hip camp map.  I would print or screen shot your spot. 

Pond is seasonal and NO camping by the pond it is a natural place to walk WALK to from your site.   Right now the pond, Post Oak Springs, is beautiful.  No fish. Dogs are very welcome as are children.  Children 12 and under are free.  Nature is a beautiful place.  This is a camping trip like the 1960's NOTHING like KOA today   You will love Aat the Ranch IF you like real nature not processed camping.  ;-)  

This is the hill country, raw and beautiful, including snakes and misquotes, even stickers and cactus.  FYI 

I know fires are a top feature, at each site you may have a small fire the you MUST put out COMPLETELY before you leave.  No fires in a burn ban, DUH and No fires wind over 5 miles an hour, your phone will tell you the wind and google Llano county burn ban for current burn ban status. 

YELLOW sign Toilet for #2 Very open Chevy outhouse 100 feet from the  YELLOW sign water spigot 200 feet WEST of the large home at the well.  No fires unless you message me. You must stay in the spot you reserved. $20 per person. Children 12 and under are free.  NO shower

Please respect my ranch. Stay in your spot 1-10 marked.  I really enjoyed sharing my magical place with campers, BUT the human footprint 👣 is going to be managed with TEN sites on 30 Acres.  Will you be seeing other campers? NO, because you will be in your private spot.  

NO wifi, Phone service is very spotty except AA&T Cricket. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
10 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Janice a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing

5 miles due north is the excellent Llano river and town of Castell, population 7 people live in Castell

Hiking

All over the 30 fenced in acres

Horseback riding

All over the 30 fenced in acres

Paddling

5 miles due north is the excellent Llano river and town of Castell, population 7 people live in Castell And the Castell store r...Read more

Wildlife watching

Birding and butterfly watching tons of deer and other wildlife. Very natural nature setting

Biking
Climbing

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Aat the Ranch, 30 private acres in Texas.

Forest

Not Forrest, but Texas hill country which includes Live Oaks, Post Oaks...

River, stream, or creek

5 miles due north is the excellent Llano river and town of Castell, population 7 people live in Castell

Swimming hole

5 miles due north is the excellent Llano river and town of Castell, population 7 people live in Castell

Ranch

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Hipcamper Dan

Really roughing it

Dan M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 8)
November 22nd, 2021

Aat the Ranch was just what I was looking for. Nestled in the middle of the TX Hill Country, with plenty of off-road county routes to ride our ADV motorcycles on. The Ranch was advertised with Pit toilets and a hose for potable water. We walked around and didn't find either. Not really a problem, but expectations were set a little higher. Just bring a camp shovel to dig your own "pit". The scenery was beautiful, with a fairly full moon so the coyotes were active and kept the local ranch cows quite jumpy. Country living at it's finest. We met the owner and she was very welcoming. Our campsite was secluded and we had a small controllable campfire to enjoy until we turned in. This was a very nice remote place to camp!

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Hipcamper David
David M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
November 9th, 2021

Awesome, secluded spot. Really enjoyed our peaceful stay here. Hard to find at night, but nice once we got there!

Hipcamper Dan
Dan J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 26th, 2020

Janice was a wonderful host, and the ranch was beautiful! Managed to see quite a bit of wildlife in my short, but sweet stay.

Hipcamper Reef

Not my choice.

Reef S.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 4)
October 26th, 2020

Janice is very nice and even drove through to ck on people.
I had more negatives than positives so I ended up coming home early.
The camping spots are full of cactus and hard sand stickers.... my poor dogs!!!
The pics of this place are a bit deceiving. It looked nothing like them.
There weren’t any people there when I first arrived so it seemed pretty secluded and quiet. Soon as I got my dogs and I in the tent to lay down for the night..... all the noise began. People arrived super late and made a lot of noise setting up and lights everywhere. Woke up the next morning to find people camping close on both sides. Btw, you can’t drive on all of the roads and you can’t turn around once you committed. Very rough!!! Thank goodness I was in a truck!
Needless to say, for me it wasn’t a great experience. Nothing against the host, she was great. Just wasn’t what I was looking for or what I thought it would be.
No pond or lake, BTW!

Aat the Ranch, 30 private acres
Hipcamper Janice
Response from Janice, the Host, on October 22nd, 2021

Right after that weekend end of Oct. 2020 I closed my place because Aat the Ranch became WAY too popular, it was crazy that weekend. I turned off Hip camp for a year. Totally agree with Reef's review. My ranch now has TEN specific sites YOU must camp at your site NUMBER. Each site has a sign and some bright yellow directional signs.

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Hipcamper Alex
Alex W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
October 25th, 2020

This site was fantastic! Great for building fires, and very close to the General Store in case supplies are needed. The only thing that made sleeping tough were the cows mooing in the middle of the night, but other than that, I thought this place was great!

Hipcamper Tiffany

Great camping spot!

Tiffany C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 25th, 2020

This was a great camping spot. We got there after dark, so finding a spot was a little difficult but we set up by the back fence and it was smooth sailing from there. You can see so many stars! It is quiet and peaceful. I would definitely recommend Aat the ranch.

Hipcamper Mike

A restful weekend aat the ranch

Mike S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 18th, 2020

This was a perfect location for a solo night of stargazing on a new moon weekend. The property is beautiful and feels a million miles from everywhere.

Exploring miles of backroads around Llano and Mason counties by gravel bike or car is right outside the gate.

The outhouse is not fully enclosed and likely would have been a deal-breaker for my teenager.

Hipcamper Robbie

Great spot!

Robbie M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 20th, 2020

Nice and quiet spot great for stargazing.

Hipcamper Joshua
Joshua S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 3)
September 13th, 2020

Place is easy to find with alittle planning. I only saw a few spots for tents, place was nice quiet and away from everything. We drove 4 trucks and stopped here while splitting our trail ride into two days.

Awards

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Property
Aat the Ranch
State
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Country
United States
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