Hipcamp host Emory R.
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Covid Update:  We are open and hosting campers.  I think that outside activities like our campsites are very safe.  With that said I am keeping distance from all our guests.  I may come by to say hello and tell about the site (sometimes this is not possible).  If I do come by I will keep my distance from you and would appreciate it if you did the same.  If you do not want me


Covid Update:  We are open and hosting campers.  I think that outside activities like our campsites are very safe.  With that said I am keeping distance from all our guests.  I may come by to say hello and tell about the site (sometimes this is not possible).  If I do come by I will keep my distance from you and would appreciate it if you did the same.  If you do not want me to come by then just let me know.  Stay safe and happy camping!

Pitch your tent under the large canopies of ancient Post and Live Oak trees. Picnic table, fire ring, pit outhouse, and potable water (100 yards distance) make your stay more comfortable. You can drive directly to the site to make unloading your gear easy. There is access to the nearby Richardson River with a short walk. We have multiple ponds, valleys, hilltops, open pastures and brush land for you to explore. Plenty of wildlife calls this valley home including many different types of birds, deer, turkey, boars, foxes, bobcats, raccoons, opossums, and more! We are a working cattle and goat ranch as well as the beginnings of an eco-system agriculture orchard. In the vicinity you can enjoy a visit to Dinosaur Valley, Fossil Rim, Cowboy Capital Stephenville, Historic Granbury, antique shop Bluff Dale or visit the Vineyards, and much more! Enjoy the fresh air and serenity of this beautiful site!

Please no glass containers, shooting, or ATVs/dirtbikes at campsite. This is a pack it in, pack it out location. Please take trash with you and leave site clean. Also, no loud music at any time and dark time is quiet time.  Thank you!

Note:  There are currently three campsites on the property (Brookside, Ancient Oaks, and Richardson Creek).  From Ancient Oaks campsite Richardson Creek campsite is about 150 yards away.  There are trees between the two sites so each has privacy, but I put it in here just to let everyone know.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 27 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Emory a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Ancient Oaks in Texas.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole

The vibe at Ancient Oaks

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Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew M.
recommends this listing.
October 31st, 2016

Eco Rich is not as much a farm or ranch as it is a South Texas paradise. Nestled just inside the northern border of Hill Country, Eco Rich boasts not only swimming holes and acres of open range, but hundreds of years of rich history and a third generation landowner with the knowledge to boot. Emory is a self proclaimed “kind-of environmentalist" with a big heart for his land and for creating sustainable, scalable growing models that can help fight global warming. Every inch of the property is geared towards sustainability, right down to the tiniest details. If you get the chance to talk with Emory, bring a notepad and be prepared to listen and ask plenty of questions. Emory's love for the property has fostered an environment that is somehow both wild and totally accessible. It’s a place you can howl with the coyotes from beneath an oak grove without a single care. Even one night at Eco Rich is like a retreat that will totally rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. Slow down, unplug, drink a whiskey or two, and enjoy the stay.

First light through the oak trees. Getting some pre-camp cardio in. After a good rain you can take the canoe out on the pond.. Boiling water for morning coffee.
Hipcamper Dustin

Quiet primitive camping

Dustin S.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2020

A nice primitive campsite. As expected, camp toilet is a plywood pit latrine (hole in the ground) with a camping bucket-seat. Water is available from the nearby shed/barn where there's a faucet against the cattle watering trough. The site has a picnic table and stone fire ring.

We went at the beginning of summer so we started having issues with flies on the 2nd day, you might want to take some sticky pads or traps to reduce their numbers if you camp during the warm season.

Downed wood was getting scarce at our site, but there was still several large sections sitting around, enough for a couple campfires. You might want to consider bringing a pack of firewood just in case.

The site had a couple places that were relatively flat so we were about to get our tent down without issue. It was a very quiet campsite, you could occasionally hear someone if they shouted at the next site over but it was dead quiet otherwise. The trees provided a lot of shade so we didn't need sunscreen while we were at the campsite.

Lots of gentle rolling fields of grass around. Lots of small birds around, saw a number of cardinals, blue jays, and scissor-tails especially along the road. The creek had a lot of small toads, perch, and shiner. The creek was pretty though also had a lot of algae/weed growth. There were a couple little areas that were pretty clear and you could see the fish swimming around. There was a decently deep spot near another campsite that would be enough to swim in.

Overall, this is a nice, quiet place to do some primitive camping at. If the toilet had a solid plywood floor instead of a pallet, and maybe a larger seat that would make it a bit more comfy to use. A hose run from the trough faucet to be able to rinse off creek water or take a cold rinse in the summer would be a nice touch.

Id recommend this site for someone looking for a quiet, relaxed tent camping experience, or someone looking to have a bit of fun exploring around the area and looking at the wildlife.

Hipcamper Claire
Claire B.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2017

Emory was so welcoming! He guided us to our campsite even when we arrived late! Then he even offered to take us pig hunting. The campsite was secluded and blissful! It was a great time and I would definitely recommend.

Hipcamper Chris
Chris G.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2017

Best primitive campground in Texas.Emory is very attentive and makes sure that his guests are comfortable .I loved the cattle and fishing in the river.Lots of acreage for nature walks. I will sure be back again.

Hipcamper Chris
Chris S.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2017

The property was great, with plenty to hike around and see. The site has everything we wanted, including enough trees to hang a tarp over the tent for a rainy weekend (not to mention a hammock, also great on a rainy weekend). Plus, Emory did a great job making us feel welcome and giving us some tips for exploring. We'll definitely be back.

Hipcamper Devon
Devon B.
recommends this listing.
January 25th, 2018

We stayed here last year for my brother's birthday and had an amazing time. Beautiful piece of land with a lot to see. I would definitely recommend staying here and I cannot wait to come back!

Hipcamper Chelsea
Chelsea F.
recommends this listing.
March 5th, 2018

Ancient Oaks was a nice primitive campsite. We appreciated the secluded environment which allowed us to have a fire and enjoy some stargazing. It was a great spot to hit during our cross-country road trip.

Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher S.
recommends this listing.
March 15th, 2018

It was very clean and quiet. It has a great creek to take little kids exploring. The night skies are dark which made for excellent star gazing.

Hipcamper Jay
Jay R.
recommends this listing.
April 1st, 2018

This is one of the best finds on Hipcamp. Quiet, great camp site, and lots of stars at night. We enjoyed how welcoming Emory was and how he answered all our questions. Plus cows!!

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