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Age: 45-55

Member since February 2014

Bark Ranch in east Texas off of I30, near Mt. Pleasant

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We are developing our retirement property that is a part of a timber farm that we are revitalizing and part hay farm. It is 256 Acres. My wife and I are in our early 50's. This is a very secure and private location, with a secure gate. Machinery and dog walks sometimes occur around 7AM in the morning. We are developing the property with trails and have a private 18-acre lake with a dock stocked with large mouth bass. It is a catch and release situation right now. We do not expect compensation for utilities, unless excessive. We are friendly, easy going and love east Texas!

Skills & Expertise to Share

II am told that I am excellent at training dogs. I have titled German Shepherds in the beginning stages of Schutzhund (BH Level). I am good at building things and developing land. We enjoy working this land to make it beautiful, full of wildlife, and good stewards of this Timber/hay Ranch. Casey (wife) is smarter than me and really fun! :)

BarkRanch's Pets

We have five dogs, and one barn cat. One of our dogs is a working dog--friendly, yet not a pet.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

We have put travel on hold for now, but we enjoy the mountains, forests, ocean-side with beaches, and places to mountain bike and road bike. We love the peacefulness and tranquility of our little place in Texas.

BarkRanch's Hometown

We now spend most of our time in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and Dallas. Currently we are not traveling extensively, as we have started building our house with a fall 2020 completion date.

BarkRanch's Guest Details

BarkRanch's Rig

Rig Type: Class B

25 feet long

We have a 2014 Airstream Interstate Extended. 24.5', Silver, no markings, no slide-outs, Class B, Diesel

BarkRanch's Travel Preferences

  • Travels with pets
  • Prefers an electric hookup
  • Needs to run a generator

BarkRanch Has 1 Host Location

Bark Ranch in east Texas

Cookville, TX, US
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BarkRanch's References (12)

References from Hosts (1)


August 2014

Great Guest

We were happy to be Steve and Casey's first "Boondockers Welcome" hosts.
We got to visit with Steve, Maggie, Moxie, and Major and hope that Casey can make it next time.

References from Guests (11)


January 2020

One of the Best!

This is our second time staying at Bark Ranch and we love it. It's definitely one of the best hosts and the property is beautiful. Easy to communicate with, easy to get in and out of the spot with our 42ft fifth-wheel. There is a Verizon cell tower down the road so the service is great. We always have a fun time playing with the dogs and chatting with the host! This is a great place to stay.


November 2019

Beautiful Location

We would highly recommend this host and beautiful location for anyone to stay. Very peaceful and secluded. This host goes above and beyond to make you welcome. Has amenities that are very wonderful to have when traveling for several days.


October 2019

A little slice of heaven

This is our 3rd stay at bark ranch and it was very enjoyable like always.
Our host is very accommodating and we enjoyed spending time sharing meals and talking. There is lots of wildlife and it was still nice even though we had some rain.
We still didn't get to meet is better half but there's always the future. Thanks Bark Ranch!


October 2019

Absolute delight.

You can't ask for better hosts and a better environment to enjoy your stay in. They have worked extremely hard to make this a boondockers paradise. Good conversation lasted well into the evenings. If it weren't for needing sleep we could have talked forever. We will definitely be returning in the future to catch up with our newly made friends.


October 2019

Awesome stay

Bark Ranch's owner is a very gracious host and he & Pat & I spent hours conversing on many different topics. His wife was away on business and we didn't get to meet this time. We definitely want to see the magnificent home they're building whe its finished. The accommodations for dogs is top shelf.


July 2019

East Texas Dream Stay

This was a stay for the books and easily my favorite. The hosts at Bark Ranch were amazing. So cool to see what you can build when you buy raw undeveloped land. The dock and lake are so peaceful and had some of the best sunsets. Water is a great temp (we didn't swim, but I did fall in while putting in my kayak). Looks like plenty of good fishing too.

The local town is great as well and hosts know some of the best spots to visit. Our hope is to be back very soon.

The owners have 5 dogs that are super friendly and very well trained and behaved. *Might be hard with people with dogs or kids so make sure to talk to host.


July 2019

Quite, secure, beautiful & accommodating

Big, beautiful, peaceful place to stay. Felt very safe staying here. Beautiful pond with deck to sit upon. Lots of space to roam. We had electric and water. Sewer was available in one particular area. Friendly host and playful dogs especially Maggie. Hope to return another time or meet the host and wife on the road somewhere.


June 2019

More than we expected

The BarkRanch was very comfortable. Our host was very hospitable and communicated with us throughout the process, which included canceling and rebooking, due to RV repair delaying us. The ranch is a beautiful wooded setting overlooking his lake. We had a level pad that we backed into with ease. Our host showed us around the property, which is really well thought out. We stayed up late after sunset and enjoyed conversation about plans for the ranch, and our journey on the road. I think I'd load up on more insect repellent because they love me and love the ranch too. It was a wonderful stay and really nice getting to know our host. We would recommend anyone going to East Texas, to stay at BarkRanch. And we hope our travels in the future take us through there again!


May 2019

Man’s dream land farm

Host and his dog were waiting for us at gate and leading us to the place.
We arrived the place no electric pole and telephone pole but you have everything for civilization life needs.
We enjoyed chatting with host. I recommend this place, if you have a chance to travel east Texas.


March 2019

aha moment

Our first sight as we pulled into our host's property immediately made us feel at peace. What a beautiful setting, from the large lake to the endless woods and hiking trails. But, the primary reason we will return is our host. He was extremely genuine, and made us feel right at home. Our plans only allowed us to stay one night. Were it not for that, we would have loved to stay longer, and spend more time in front of the wood stove, sharing life stories. There was plenty of room to park our 38ft motorhome. We left having made a great connection with this great individual. Fantastic family of canines that we truly enjoyed, as did our dog Buddy whom is missing the girls!
Thank you for the beautiful lights last
night ! Will see you again!


February 2019


Wow, very hard to leave.
Kind host
Beautiful scenery
Good night rest