Outstanding opportunity to own part of the historic Willbern’s Glen Springs Ranch (WGSR). Willbern’s Glen was described by author Roy Willbern in his book ‘The Old Man of the Glen’ as “a lush spring-fed woodland area in northeast Llano County… comprised of a series of pools, falls and formations created primarily by the clear cold waters of Spicewood Spring. This large spring boils from the ground at the summit of a hill…a few miles east of Babyhead Mountain some 12 miles from Llano. This primary spring is supplemented by numerous others as the waterway courses through rugged terrain down a steep side of the predominantly limestone hill. The flow of water has over countless years formed a stairway of pools and formations as the crystal steam falls from one level to a lower one before it finally flows into the Little Llano River near the base of the hill.”
Acres: Approximately 809 acres in the Willbern’s Glen area and is a portion of a larger ranch in Llano County, TX.
Location: The Willbern’s Glen Springs Ranch is conveniently located approximately 12 miles northeast of Llano, TX, and 3 miles East of the historic Babyhead Mountain area off County Road 226. The ranch is also in close proximity to Fredericksburg, TX (approximately 50 miles) and Austin, TX (NW approximately 83 miles).
Access: Access is via paved County Road 226 and a short drive up privately maintained Willbern’s Glen Road.
Water: The WGSR is well watered for a ranch this size. There are three windmill wells with drinkers, multiple earthen ponds for wildlife and livestock, and one of the most beautiful and prolific springs, Willbern’s Glen Springs, runs through the front part of the ranch and down the mountain.
Property Description: The WGSR sets high atop the Willbern’s Glen Divide overlooking the Little Llano River valley. The views are incredible from multiple logical and potential building sites. Topography varies throughout the ranch with many spots that provide vistas within the property and vast panoramic views as well. This is one of the most versatile ranches I have ever seen. The ranch has a large variety of vegetation beginning with huge live oak motts, post oak/blackjack thickets, mesquite flats, some cedar left in areas for wildlife cover, and all the native Hill Country browse wildlife love and thrive on.
Wildlife: Willbern’s Glen Springs Ranch is a high fenced game managed Hill Country ranch producing trophy native Whitetail deer for the last 20 years. “See pictures attached hereto.” WGSR is also the home of many native wildlife species including turkey, dove, quail, feral hogs, ducks, and the normal mix of varmints that include raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, and red and gray fox. The owner has done a magnificent job of developing the native genetics within this property. You’ll be amazed at the number of trophy whitetail deer that thrive on this ranch.
Improvements: The WGSR is a portion of a ranch that is high fenced and has been under game management for the last 20 years. Fencing is in very good shape, along with bump gates and an excellent interior road system. You will quickly see the amount of thought, effort, and time the current owner has put into the brush control and sculpting of the land to develop a quality ecosystem for wildlife, livestock, and owners to enjoy for years to come. The ranch is waiting for you to pick the spot to build your ranch home from the many awesome settings it has to offer.
Comments: Let me tell you about the last 23 years of fulfillment, joy, and family memories that the current owners and extended family and friends have received from this amazing piece of Texas. The ranch has been and still is their place to escape the fast-paced world and raise their children to understand nature, but foremost they love family and friends and have shared their ranch with many of them. The Willbern’s Glen Springs Ranch is part of a large ranch and is nestled into one of the most historic areas of the Texas Hill Country. Babyhead Mountain and Willbern’s Glen are steeped in Texas Folklore, and when you head up the mountain pass into the Willbern’s Glen Springs Ranch you will understand why. There is no way we can fully describe this unique property. If you have any interest, please call Broker Joe David Yates 512.567.3036 for access, showings, or more information.
The Willbern’s Glen Springs Ranch is offered at $6,485 per acre.
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About the Area: Willbern’s Glen is described as “an outstanding natural wonder of Llano County” and “one of the true gems of the Texas Hill Country” in the book title “The Old Man and the Glen.” Further excerpts include: “The large spring boils from the ground at the Summit of the hill”…. “waterway courses through rugged terrain down a steep side of the predominately limestone hill forming a stairway of pools and formations as this crystal stream falls from one level to a lower one before it finally flows into the Little Llano River”… “The Glen was a wonderful picnic area for church groups….The preacher would take the new members up the mountain and baptize them… That was really something – to see a large group of people walking hand in hand up the mountain with their song books and to hear the echo of these voices which carried down into the valley.”
Willbern’s Glen is further described in the books Goddess of Mystery, Coronodo’s Children, the Llano County Album, and Llano County “Gem of the Hill Country.”
An excerpt from E. C. Willbern’s newspaper column in the early 1900’s is as follows:
“Overlooking the beautiful valley of the Little Llano river with its cottage homes, surrounded by waving fields of grain, and bowing herds, the river fringed with vines, covered forest trees, breaks forth from some hidden reservoir, of cool, crystal waters. Spicewood Springs, shaded by gigantic Oak, Walnut, and Sycamore trees, and bordered with the sweet scented spicewood shrub from which it takes its name. Bubbling up the sparkling water fills a large natural rock basin or pool from which a bold strong stream flows — among beds of wild grasses and bright hued woodland flowers, singing its merry song of restless activity; then finding in its course, a declivity, it dashes wildly, leaping from crag to crag in its abrupt decent, a miniature cascade, splashing its crystal water o’er beautiful waving ferns, then, weary of its mad fury quietly it forms itself into tiny platelets, bordered with long, waving grasses and drooping, feathery ferns, it becomes the shady home of innumerable little fishes, that darting here and there, flash their rich prismatic colors to admiring visitors. Restless from its prison-like life again it seeks escape and repeating its cad career, over craggy cliffs, into pebble bottomed pools, the sparkling rivulets, joined by the waters of many sister springs that bubble forth from rocky caverns and mossy dells, increasing in volume, it courses onward, through cooling forests, shadows, and sun-lit patches of brightness, between towering walls and high, rugged cliffs of granite, that makes the beautiful, picturesque, wonder —Willbern’s Glen of Llano county.