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Cabin at the Ranch - Harper, TX

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· Harper, Kimble, Texas
84 acres hosted by Travis W.
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The Ranch is our place we like to go when we need to get away.  It's raw and it's nice land to camp, explore and enjoy wildlife.  We have a Wildlife Exemption on the property and enjoy managing native song birds.  We keep a constant flow of bird seed located in feeders around the ranch, and we have seen all kinds of birds making this a great place for birders. The ranch has nice elevation changes with a wet weather creek that traverses the property,  There are some trails to hike or mountain bike. The cabin is rustic, but we enjoy it and it's fun to think it's everything we would need.  This is off-grid living all the way, and we are constantly learning new and better ways to do things.  The cabin is located on the very first spot we pitched a tent after purchasing the land, and we continue to make improvements as we go.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  "Glamp" in this cute off-grid cabin outside of Harper, Texas.  Watch amazing sunsets & views from the relaxing front porch.  At 2000' above sea level, you can enjoy the weather year round with proper planning.  Enjoying campfires at night in the pit is a favorite past time. The Cabin sits on a high-fenced 84 acre wildlife refuge managed for Native Song Birds and Wild Turkey with walkable/bikeable trails.  "Panther Creek" traverses the ranch and natural springs keep water in the ponds for wildlife.  We have a family of Mini-Donkeys and Mini-Texas Registered Longhorns that roam the property.  Stars are extremely bright, and the ranch is an excellent spot for star gazing.  It is so quiet, most of the time you can hear the silence.  Miniature donkeys visit guests around the cabin and property to make sure you're safe, and you may see some of the elusive deer.  The sounds of coyotes will call you most evenings and nights, and it's not uncommon to hear foxes, wild hogs and other wildlife throughout the night.  If you are a light sleeper, you may want to bring some ear plugs.  Bird seed and supplemental water are provided year round and make this a great destination for birders and outdoor enthusiasts.  Many unique bird species have been spotted on the ranch which has proximity to South Llano River State Park, renowned Birder destination.  It is a 35 Minute drive to Kerrville or 30 min to Fredericksburg and Junction.  Area attractions include Enchanted Rock, the Eckert's James River Bat Cave, South Llano River State Park, and Texas Hill Country wineries. Yates River Crossing on the Llano River offers a nice place to cool off in the summer, or for fishing and putting in and out for kayak trips.  Cook your meals over fire at camp on cooking grate, or in the cabin on the 2 burner stove.  If that's more that you want to mess with, head into the cute town of Harper for EXCELLENT meals at The Longhorn Cafe, or check out some of the other cool establishments for some local culture.  We recommend bringing much of what you would for back country camping.  Note: there is no electricity, running water, or toilets, so come prepared.  There is a solar generator inside the cabin that provides some plugs and usb ports, and some solar light bulbs that provide light.  Ask the host for recommendations on what to bring and expect.  We offer the HipCamp "extra" Firewood Bundle for $10 which allows you to DIY harvest any grounded deadwood during your stay.  Please do not cut off any branches on any trees, even if they are dead, as we are mindful of Oak Wilt. Thanks!
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Harper, Kimble, Texas, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Jumanos, Coahuiltecan, Nʉmʉnʉʉ Sookobitʉ (Comanche), Ndé Kónitsąąíí Gokíyaa (Lipan Apache), and Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Travis W.Joined in August 2018
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95 ratings · 78 reviews
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Samuel R.recommends
February 11, 2024
Cute Off-Grid CABIN on 84 ACRES
Great property, very private with some paths to walk around. There are very friendly cows and donkeys walking around, they were fun. Cabin was as described and provided good shelter during rain and wind. Host was very responsive, friendly and provided clear directions. I will be returning to this property.
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Matt C.recommends
January 2, 2024
Cute Off-Grid CABIN on 84 ACRES
We had a great couple of days staying at the cabin. The land is wonderful - plenty to explore and we all loved hearing the packs of coyotes howling at night and a fox screaming close by that got our (and our dog's) attention. Our family heartily recommends a stay here.
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Scott B.recommends
January 1, 2024
Cute Off-Grid CABIN on 84 ACRES
Really loved so much about this place! The donkeys were super chill and Travis was extremely helpful and responsive. Will absolutely be back!
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Alden S.recommends
December 3, 2023
Cute Off-Grid CABIN on 84 ACRES
Camping with longhorns!
I loved camping here. The cabin was unique and beautiful. We got to see the longhorns in the morning, and that was so fun. It was secluded and felt really safe. The host was responsive and helpful. I’d highly recommend this place.
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Kristina B.recommends
November 19, 2023
Cute Off-Grid CABIN on 84 ACRES
Two times are great!
Second time at the camp - love it as always. Lots of beautiful wander-hiking. Quiet and dark and peaceful at night. Cabin loft is actually super comfortable for sleeping, and we’re a tempurpedic family! Friendly donkeys. My kids loved the zip line. Will come back again.
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Ally S.doesn't recommend
November 3, 2023
Cute Off-Grid CABIN on 84 ACRES
Not worth the price
.While it was advertised as no electricity there were a lot of things we were suspired by the initial description. The pictures online were a little misleading. We expected wine glasses found none. Most of the lights were battery-operated, but there weren't any batteries or they were all dead, and even the headlamps provided were broken. The chair was broken as well. We managed to find just 2 matches, so starting a fire was a bit of a struggle. While it was on us to bring a lighter, out of everything it would have been nice to have that on site for safty measures. The property itself was beautiful, and the donkeys were incredibly friendly – a unique and charming touch. However, considering the lack of amenities and the mismatch between expectations and reality, we don't think it's worth the price. It's apparent that the cabin itself hasn't been well-maintained, and that was a disappointing.
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