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Location / Directions: Mill Creek Ranch is located in the scenic rolling hills of north central Smith County, approximately 8 miles north of Tyler and ~87 miles east of Dallas. All-weather road access to the ranch is provided by County Road 3201, which ends at the ranch’s gated entry. From the ranch entry, a paved ranch road meanders through the property and across Mill Creek to an ideally located lakeside ranch home.

From Dallas: Travel east on I-20 for ~82 miles to State Park Hwy 14. Travel north on State Park Hwy 14 ~4.3 miles to Smith County Road 319E. Turn right (east) on County Road 319E which turns into County Road 3201 and drive ~.6 mile east to the ranch’s entry.

From Tyler: From the intersection of I-20 and State Park Hwy 14, travel north on State Park Hwy 14 ~4.3 miles to Smith County Road 319E. Turn right (east) on County Road 319E which turns into County Road 3201 and drive ~.6 mile east to the ranch’s entry.

Overview: Mill Creek Ranch’s primary uses include: remarkable waterfowl hunting, dense cattle production, outdoor recreation and family fellowship in a memorable setting. Over a mile of spring-fed Mill Creek, dramatic topography changes, rolling coastal Bermuda pastures, timber-laden hills, and highly productive soils typify this remarkable multi-use East Texas ranch. The current owner has owned Mill Creek Ranch for over 30 years and it has never been on the market.

House: Mill Creek’s custom one story ranch home is privately located on a hilltop offering scenic views of the ranch’s fishing lake and Mill Creek. The wood and stone ranch style home is ~3, 600 SF (living space) with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Below the main house is a workout room with a full bath that was previously used as a guest suite. Designs, textures, fixtures, fireplaces, appliances and overall finish are impressive and ideal for the setting. The home offers ~2, 600 SF of covered parking, elevated outdoor patios, decking and a hot tub which are ideal for entertaining guests or relaxing in outdoor solitude. The house features an elegant swimming pool with an elegant chiseled trough fountain overlooking the ranch’s fishing lake. For backup power, the ranch house also has a generator. The combination of seclusion via all-weather access, the quality of the construction and the remarkable setting pays tribute to the overall character of Mill Creek Ranch.

Shop / Barn / Working Pens: For projects, storage and pre-hunt coffee there is an ~1, 500 SF air conditioned and heated metal workshop with a concrete floor, extensive shelving, bay doors and plenty of power and lighting. For additional covered storage the owner has maintained the ranch’s original 2, 700 SF barn with wooden siding and a tin roof. Nearby are the ranch’s well- designed pipe working pens and livestock chutes. All of these structures are located near the center of the ranch along the all-weather main ranch road and away from the ranch’s home.

Mill Creek /Terrain / Elevation: Mill Creek is a scenic spring-fed creek that bi-sects the ranch. In addition to its natural beauty, Mill Creek adds a perennial water source for livestock and wildlife on the ranch. An elevation change of over 100’ occurs within the ranch boundaries, giving it a large feel. Mature oak and pine varieties comprise the ranch’s primary tree canopy. Through brush sculpting and cautious range development, the ranch has the perfect balance of open pasture and woods. A well designed ranch road system provides access to each area of the ranch and across Mill Creek.

Pastures / Stocking Rates / Soils: Most of the ranch’s pastures are highly improved, well maintained coastal Bermudagrass. Meticulous range management practices, regular herbicide/fertilizer applications, 43+ inches of annual regional rainfall and well drained Gallime, Cuthbert, Wolfpen and Oakwood sandy loam soils fuse, creating cattle range that will impress any discerning cattleman looking for top tier pasture. The ranch’s soil types are considered productive or prime by the USDA. Currently, the ranch carries approximately 80 cows; historically, the ranch has carried as many as 120 AUs.

Waterfowl Hunting /Corn Fields / Green Tree Reserviors: The waterfowl hunting at Mill Creek Ranch is world-class! Historically, an 8+/- acre natural riparian wetland was the main attraction for puddle ducks. The landowner has improved this wetland asset by installing water control structures allowing for post season drainage, soil enhancement and enabling natural waterfowl forage such as smartweed to flourish. Generations of mallards and other puddle ducks have been imprinted to migrate to this wetland, annually.

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