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A Hill Country Resort Atmosphere

Just minutes from Downtown Gruene, Gruene Lake Ranch provides an authentic Texas hill country experience. Featuring two stocked ponds cut out of the Gruene Lake Ranch pastureland.

Our Vision

Nestled in the hills, just minutes from Downtown Gruene, Gruene Lake Ranch offers an authentic Texas hill country experience. Gruene Lake serves as an ode to the Texas Hill Country region.


Gruene Lake Ranch offers a hill country resort atmosphere with lakeside cabins, stocked fishing ponds, swimming pools, a mercantile store, Gruene Lake Pit BBQ, the Hay Barn Pavilion, and an Events Center.

Our Story

Gruene Lake Ranch is an environmentally-friendly Ranch Conservation project, it emphasizes the preservation of natural wildlife and land conservation in the Texas Hill Country.

About Gruene, Texas

In the mid-1840s, German farmers became the first settlers of present-day Gruene, Texas. Ernst Gruene, a German immigrant, reached the newly established city of New Braunfels and built a home along the Gruene river. In 1878, Ernst’s son, Henry, built homes that now remain as the Lone Star, Gruene Haus, Gruene General Store, the Gristmill River Restaurant, and the infamous Gruene Hall.

In 1974, Chip Kaufman, an architecture student at UT Austin, discovered Gruene on an afternoon kayak trip. He researched the area and found that a group of real estate developers had purchased the last 200+ acres of the Gruene Estate, including all historic buildings. Kaufman convinced the developers to salvage this piece of Texas history, placing Gruene on the National Register of Historic Places. He soon found new owners with a preservation mindset and Gruene to this very day has kept its rich history alive.


Gruene Lake Ranch

Texas Ranchers are the original environmentalists. When you make a living off the land, you do everything you can to preserve and care for it.  Gruene Lake epitomizes Original Environmentalism.  From the choice of cattle breed to its minimalist mindset, Gruene Lake Ranch Communities focuses on highlighting responsible development. Each community strives to minimize improvements and highlights the natural amenities of the land. Rainwater collection and agricultural development make each community unique.

To view our current and upcoming communities, click the link below.


Explore Local Adventures

In the area surrounding Gruene Lake Ranch, guests can enjoy top-notch golf courses, intriguing museums showcasing Texas history, a thrilling waterpark for family fun, and the nostalgic charm of a drive-in theater—all within easy reach for a diverse and exciting local experience.

Kissing Tree Golf Course

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Tanger Outlets San Marcos

Buck EE’s - World’s Largest Gas Station