DAY TRIPS

Ballinger is 36 miles north of Eden.  It offers a quaint district, many antique shops, and beautifully restored historic homes.  Ballinger is the perfect host city for the newest and hottest fishing spot in Texas, O.H. Ivie Reservoir, located 20 miles away and offering 25,000 surface acres of water recreation.  It also stages a number of annual events to intrigue the visitor.

Brady is 32 miles east of Eden.  Brady is the home of the world championship goat cookoff held the 1st weekend in September.  Brady boasts of superb hunting.  Brady Lake provides fishing, boating, sking, camping and RVing.  Other interesting attractions are The Heart of Texas Historical Museum and the Heart of Texas County Museum.

Coleman is 55 miles northeast of Eden in what is known as "the Land of the Lakes."  Major lakes around Coleman offer fun and recreation: Hords Creek Lake, Lake Coleman, Lake Scarbrough, Memory Lake, Lake Novice, Lake San Tana and the newest, Lake O.H. Ivie.  Fort Colorado is in Coleman's city park, featuring replicas of old pioneer life, a blacksmith shop and a larger-than-life horse statue.

 

Eldorado is 43 miles southwest of Eden and is where the only working woolen mile in the Southwest can be found, at Eldorado Woolen Inc.  After touring the mill, walk along the Historic Walking Tour that includes the Old Bank Building.  Eldorado also offers a live theater featuring the regionally famous "Way Off Broadway Players", and a guest ranch, X-Bar Ranch (make reservations by calling 888-853-2688).

Fort McKavett is 44 miles southwest of Eden.  The fort offers 15 roofed and restored structures, more than a dozen stabilized ruins, and several post military occupation structures.  Several freshwater springs and a lime kiln are linked by a quarter-mile trail.  For more information, visit the Texas Historical Commission's website.

 

Eola is 22 is northwest of Eden and is known for the Barrows Museum.  Founded by Ernest & Dorothy Barrows, this museum displays an extensive collection of memorabilia from the early days of Concho County.  Four large museum buildings and house collections which range from delicate crystal to a magnificent pipe organ.  Visitors can step into the past and view an early kitchen, soda fountain, post office, hospital and antique musical instruments.  Indian artifacts, large arrowheads, antique furniture, fire trucks, a train caboose and farm equipment are on display.  Upon your arrival at the museum, you will be greeted by registered longhorn cattle.  Museum hours are Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Menard is 21 miles south of Eden and has a number of attractions.  The Historic Dutch Walk in the downtown area is a self-guided tour with interpretive displays of historical attractions along the irrigation canal.  Presidio de San Luis de las Amarillas was built in the 1750s and represents the most northern boundary of the Spanish empire in Texas.  It is considered by historians to be as significant as the Alamo.  Jim Bowie Days and the Song of Sislver Outdoor Musical are held the third weekend in June and both are representative of Menard's colorful history.

Paint Rock is 22 miles north of Eden and is home to the Painted Rocks.  After a visit to the Painted Rocks pictographs, visit Ingrid's Custom Hand Woven Inc. for a unique exhibition of hand weaving of wool and mohair.  Also, Hartgrove's offers wool and mohair rugs, saddle pads, apparel, jewelry and gifts. 

San Angelo is 44 miles west of Eden.  San Angelo combines premier cultural arts and virtually endless outdoor activities with West Texas charm and hospitality.  Stroll downtown amidst colorful shops and historical buildings, museums and national landmarks, including Fort Concho and the award-winning Museum of Fine Arts.

HUNTING

Comanche Spring Ranch straddles the northern rim of the hill country on the Edwards Plateau, 19 miles from the geodetic center of Texas and 8 miles SE of Eden. Paleo-Americans first inhabited this area 13,000-18,000 years ago, but the ranch was named for its much later visitors, the fierce Comanche Indians, the supreme horse warriors, who camped in its pecan and live oak groves, hunted its game, and left arrowheads and artifacts near the old spring source on the ranch. Year round, the ranch offers, over 1,200 acres of hunting for some of the finest exotic trophy animals in Texas today. Comanche Spring Ranch's game trophies place annually in the top five of Trophy Game Records of the World. The ranch is home to one of the largest axis herds in North America. In season, the hunter can also pursue the native white-tailed deer and wild turkey. A visit to Comanche Spring Ranch promises a lasting memory of natural beauty and a treasured hunting experience.  For more information, contact the guide at (325) 869-0288 or the main office at (337) 658-2265.

Heart of the Lone Star Ranch hunts are guided, fair chase, and incorporate 3 basic styles of hunting: Stalking, Blind hunting, and/or Safari Style. You can expect shots out to 200 yards.   Located in the exact center of Texas, Heart of the Lonestar Ranch personifies a world-class big-game experience. It's the ultimate environment: a Hill Country paradise where the great blue sky of the Southwest is born of cool night winds from the vast West Texas prairie and enriched by the remote serenity of the Edwards Plateau. Live oaks, native grasses and long growing seasons make it a grand country for game animals. This is North America's most superbly suited region for both native and non-native wildlife.  In fact, Heart of the Lonestar Ranch has 23 entries in the Trophy Game Records of the World.  For more information, contact Dan Whiteley at (325) 234-9258 (mobile) or the ranch at (325) 869-5285.

Millar Ranch is a quality hunting experience on 1,000 private acres of rolling hills amongst 100-year live oak trees, oak motts, open pasture, an abundance of mesquite underbrush, algerita and cactus plants in the center of Texas. Millar Ranch is prime trophy hunt land- cover and home to the finest in exotics, plentiful Rio Grande turkey, white-tailed deer and more and has been featured in Bowhunting.net and on DiskNet TV Men's Channel programming. The ranch is located on the famed Edwards Plateau, a short drive south of Eden. Hunts are individually created to suit your needs. The environment is as challenging as the game is wary, yet our hunter's success rate is 100%. For more information, contact the ranch foreman at (325) 869-5525.

 

McMurtrey Whitetail Ranch is seven miles southwest of Eden, Texas.  We offer guided one-on-one trophy management white-tailed deer a selected Axis Buck Hunting with (MLD) Texas Parks & Wildlife land deer program. Hunting starts around October 1st each year and runs to February. Free choice protein or corn all year round.  All weather blinds will accommodate two persons comfortably.  We offer lodging with recreational amenities, pool table, shuffle board, etc., local TV in all rooms with satellite TV in lodge with wifi accessibility.  Our guided hunts are structured for 2 or 3 day hunts with a 99.9% success rate.  For more information, contact McMurtrey Ranch at (325) 869-5154 or (325) 656-4031 or visit www.mcmurtreywhitetailranch.com

 

Caffey Bar 6 Game Ranch specializes in every aspect of Game Ranching raising numerous varieties of exotic animal species and consulting for many ranches across the southwest. Through its own production ranches, Caffey Bar 6 has access to virtually every type of exotic animal imaginable for sale or trade. For more info, contact Dale Caffey at (325) 869-3221 or (325) 456-1411.

 

White Point Ranch is located at the tip of the Edwards Plateau and the edge of the Texas Rolling Plains, on nearly 4,000 acres in West Texas.  Producing some of the world's best white-tailed deer and exotics, White Point Ranch boasts countless records in the "Trophy Game Records of the World" record book. The family members of White Point Ranch are proud to be handling the booking of hunts to ensure the ranch remains exclusive and show what they have to offer - white-tailed deer scoring close to 200 and exotic species of the finest quality.  White Point also has exotic live sales.  For more information contact, Ray Dockery at (325) 469-3765.

El Sueno Ranch is a 1,300 acre ranch in Concho County just east of Eden.  Formerly known as the Carter Ranch, current owners Eldon and Landon Pyle have chosen to keep its heritage alive and well by maintaining a thriving cattle operation in addition to its hunting operation.  Managed intensively through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Managed Lands Deer Permit Program, the entire 1,300 acres has been high-fenced and all deer are native. There are no genetics.  Supplemental feeding is practiced during certain periods of the year; however, the deer are not fed on a year-round basis.  Through population management, improving habitat quality and allowing deer to grow to an optimum mature age, production of quality white-tailed bucks are exceptional.  Guided Two and Three-Day Hunts are available.  For more information, contact Eldon Pyle at (817) 266-7279 or Landon Pyle at (325) 456-9853.

 

Coleman Springs Ranch is a 950-acre high-fenced game ranch located in southeaster Menard County within 25 miles of Mason and Junction, and 17 miles from Menard.  The ranch has been in a management program the last seven years with better than a 1-1 buck to doe ratio as well as abundant turkey and hogs.  The are boxed hunting blinds designed for two adults with RV outlets and water available.  There is also an RV available for hunters.  For more information, contact Steve O'Quinn at (830) 792-4824 or (575) 704-9787 or steveoquinn@windstream.net

 

Texas High Ridge Hunts is located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country on 700 acres filled with white-tailed, fallow & axis deer, wild turkey, and Black Buck antelope. Our Lodge, located near Eden, Texas, will serve as home base while you take part in some of the most spectacular guided hunting available. Your custom hunting package includes meals, lodging in our 1,900 square foot lodge (accommodates up to 6), guided hunts and field dressing of your animal and caping for trophy mounts - so all you will need to do is relax and enjoy the ultimate outdoor sporting experience. Airport pickup and transportation from San Antonio or Austin​​ is also available as part of your package. To create your one-of-a-kind outdoor experience, please contact Mike Foster at (830) 220-2119 or mafoster419@yahoo.com.

 

Chaparral Ranch is located outside of Paint Rock, Texas. They offer short-term packages for Turkey Hunting, Deer Hunting, & Dove Hunting. Each hunting experience has a descriptive package on their website. Offered in their short term packages is a fully furnished ranch cabin - 2bedroom/2full bath, full kitchen, living, and porch. To experience central Texas hunting, contact Don or Leah Moore at chaparral.ranch@aol.com.

CONCHO SPRINGS GOLF COURSE

Designed with the average golfer in mind, Concho Springs Golf Course is a guaranteed fun round for any player. Located just south of downtown Eden on Highway 83, this course is always in great condition. In August 2017, course management was transferred to TwoPro Club Management, a San Angelo company that also manages Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo and other area golf courses.

Concho Springs Golf Course is not just another nine hole course. Designed by Williams - Gill & Associates, this 6000+ yard course can test even the best of golfers. The Hardin Creek winds its way along and through eight of its nine holes. In addition, the elevated three sets of tee boxes can make your front and back rounds as difficult as you want.

The TifEagle Bermuda greens are large, with an average square footage of 5,500, and are considered by some as the best greens in West Texas. Though hunting is not allowed, one should not be surprised to see deer, turkey or other wildlife roaming the course.

If you’re just passing through and don’t have time to play, you can always hit a bucket of balls at our driving range or maybe practice your putting game on our oversized putting green. Or, just come into our Club House, pick up a score card and look around. You are always welcome! Our friendly staff is here for you.

For more information, call (325) 869-2211.

CITY PARKS

Earl Rudder Park & Gazebo

A park full of shady pecan trees, picnic tables, and a gazebo. Located downtown on the Square.
 

Garden of Eden Butterfly Park

Nature garden with water features and beautiful native plants.  Walking paths, picnic table, benches, lighted after dark. Located 2 blocks south of downtown on US Highway 83 (South Main)
 

Green Park

The city swimming pool, playground equipment, walking path, picnic facilities, BBQ pits, pavilion. Located one block north of US Highway 87 (West Broadway)
 

Lee Pfluger Park

A park with shade trees, a playground, restrooms, water, and barbecue pits. Located on the south side of US Highway 87, bordering Concho Springs Golf Course, just west of downtown.

Little League Fields

Two little league fields with concession stand and bleachers, lights available after dark. Located at the intersection of East Oak Street and Moss Street.
 

Memorial Park

Memorial Park for veterans of Concho County featuring flags. Located across the street from Earl Rudder Park.

Ray Dockery Arena

Located at Lee Pfluger Park, this park has a rodeo/roping arena featuring concession stand, restrooms and bleachers with lights available after dark.

RECREATION

Explore the large variety of sporting and leisure activities visitors and residents of Eden can enjoy below.

 
 
 
 
 

LAKE O.H. IVIE

Lake O.H. Ivie borders Concho, Coleman, and Runnels County. Various fishing clubs hold tournaments throughout the year. Families and individuals enjoy water sports, camping and nature's beauty. Surface access, camping and RV facilities are located 20 miles northeast of Eden. For more information, contact the Concho Park Marina at 325-357-4466 or 325-357-4467.

Photos by Rebecca Bunger and E. W. Forbess

©2017 by EEDC/City of Eden.

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120 Paint Rock Road

P.O. Box 915
Eden, Texas 76837

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