Location: Rocky Top Ranch is located in the Southeastern portion of Shackelford County. It is approximately 14.5 miles southeast of Albany and 7.5 miles north of Moran, Texas. The ranch is located southeast of the intersection of FM 576 and CR 142 with frontage on both roads.
Directions: From Albany, Texas take Highway 6 southeast 1.2 miles to FM 601. Turn Left on FM 601 and travel 12.5 miles until the road ends at FM 576 (stop sign). Turn right on FM 576 and follow it south for half a mile until the road turns back to the west. Rocky Top Ranch is located on the south side of FM 576 after this turn. Continue on FM 576 for 1 mile to CR 142. Turn left or south on CR 142. There is an entrance on FM 576 and two entrance gates located on the county road. Access is very good with little traffic on either road.
Terrain & Wildlife Habitat: Prime mesquite and live oak country. This ranch features a nice rolling topography with subtle draws and drainages that feed big, well defined stock tanks. The mesquites on the northern portion of the property have been strategically grubbed and raked into brush piles while leaving the larger mesquites and some blocks of trees and treelines. There is an excellent defined ridgeline covered with Live Oaks located the perfect distance from FM 576 making for an exceptional building location on the northern end of the property facing S/SE across the subject property. There is a large hilltop located on the eastern fence line perfect for hiking, arrowhead hunting or taking in the beautiful views below. This hilltop is traditionally known as Rocky Top.
Water: There are five (5) earthen stock tanks on the ranch that provide water to livestock and wildlife. Three (3) of the five tanks are excellent with deep water, good fishing, and have not gone dry in previous droughts. A rural water line is also located on the western side of the ranch down CR 142 with service provided by Ft. Griffin Special Utilities District.
Wildlife: This is a great wildlife ranch with plenty of whitetail deer, Rio Grande turkey, dove, quail, ducks, feral hogs and varmints such as coyotes and bobcats. Hunting should be excellent with large neighboring ranches to the southeast and across FM 576 to the north. There is a small hunting camp with electricity for the hunters that lease this property and some additional acreage owned by a relative of the owner. Fishing in several of the stock tanks should be good.
Land Management & EQUIP Program: There are two (2) pastures on the ranch. The north pasture is approximately 269+/- acres and the south pasture is 370+/- acres. The south pasture is currently enrolled in the EQUIP Program through the NRCS/ FSA which expires in December 2020. Approximately 195 acres of the 269 acres has been grubbed and raked with scattered larger mesquite trees, treelines, and different blocks of woods left in place for wildlife, cattle, and aesthetics. The northern pasture was planted in a variety of grasses including Kleingrass, sideoats grama, tall dropseed, green sprangletop, little bluestem, Indian grass, and plains bristlegrass. These areas are well established and excellent for cattle and wildlife. There are also funds available to spray prickly pear on approximately 70 acres in the north pasture in the coming year. This program will be transferred to the new owner.
Fences & Pens: Internal fencing separates this ranch into two (2) pastures perfect for rotating cattle rotation. Fencing around the ranch is in good to excellent condition. A nice set of steel working pens is located in the center of the ranch. Several water sources around the ranch provide plentiful water for livestock and wildlife. Cattle pens are in good condition.
Interior/ Exterior Access: There is a good system of interior roads that provides access to most areas. The northern fence line has an entry gate on FM 576 and there are two (2) entrances on CR 142.
Utilities: Electricity is provided by Comanche Electric Cooperative. Water is provided by Fort Griffin Special Utility District. Rural water is located on the western side of the property on CR 142. This line could be easily run to the hunting camp area, a future home site or used to enhance the livestock and cattle watering options.
Minerals: Negotiable depending on offer. Owner is believed to own ¼ of the mineral estate. There are two oil wells, one gas well, and a set of battery tanks currently on the ranch. This production is older, clean, and has a minor impact on the quality of the property. There is a good all-weather road providing access to the battery tanks located a short distance off of CR 142.
Easements: There are no road easements affecting the property. A natural gas pipeline traverses the western side of the ranch from north to south with a maintained right of way. This is a buried line having no impact on the quality of the property. There may be other pipeline easements typical for this area.
School District: Moran ISD.
Comments: This is a high quality, beautiful property perfect for a future country home. It is located in the heart of the very prestigious Shackelford County and is a great ranch to run cattle, hunt or just enjoy the great outdoors. This would be considered an “Albany” property with a pleasant drive to Albany. Please call to schedule a ranch tour. Brokers representing Buyers must be present at all showings.
Legal Description & Acreage: Approximately 653.4 acres located in Abstract 0803, BOH Survey, Section 15 in Shackelford County, TX.
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Co Rd 142, Moran, TX 76464, USA