Liberty Hill Longhorns

About 35 miles north of Austin, Texas is the charming small town about 2,500 in population: Liberty Hill, Texas

But don’t let its small-town feel fool you one bit into thinking it’s one stop-light kind of a town.  It’s stealthily growing from an on the fringe town to a welcoming city of the thriving greater Austin metro area.

Famous collegiate football mascot calls Liberty Hill home

But what you may not know is that Liberty Hill, Texas is the home to Sunrise Steers at Sunrise Ranch.  Now, you may be asking, what’s the big deal about Sunrise Steers?

Does Sunrise Spur ring a bell?  Maybe not, but how about the name Bevo XV?  That’s right, the University of Texas (UT) live mascot hails all the way from the pastures of Liberty Hill, Texas.

John T. And Betty Baker own and operate Sunrise Ranch.  The Bakers have been supplying UT with Bevo mascots since 1988, three straight and counting.

Sunrise Ranch is located northeast of Liberty Hill, Texas proper, east of US183 and north of State Highway 29. 

In addition to breeding and raising longhorn cattle, the Bakers also own and operate a bed and breakfast, Sunrise B&B.

While you may or may not be able to gain access to the award-winning Sunrise longhorn cattle, another longhorn viewing opportunity is only moments away.

Where can you see longhorns in Liberty Hill, Texas?

At the southeast corner of the US183 and State Highway 29 intersection are sprawling pasture land and Texas Hill Country terrain. 

To the unassuming eye, it’s just land and cattle with a panoramic view of the fast-approaching urban development.  That is until your eyes lock in on the horns in tow on the cattle.

Not certain how many acres of land this beautiful group of longhorn cattle calls home, but the best guess is at least 350 acres or more.  Longhorn cattle are often spotted along State Highway 29 as Liberty Hill locals go about their day.

In a recent trip out to lay eyes on the location, I discovered a group of roughly 8-10 longhorn cattle.  A few bulls, heifers, and at least 3-4 adorable and inquisitive longhorn calves.  

Recommended placed to park to watch longhorns

Depending upon where along State Highway 29 you discover these longhorns, there is not a formal parking area.  After all, State Highway 29 is a high-traffic, four-lane thoroughfare with a center turn lane and two shoulders.  

If longhorns are anywhere near the location I spotted them when traveling eastbound on State Highway 29, then use the shoulder to park. Park just off the road on what appears to be a concrete entrance at one time or another.

Because of traffic, remaining in your vehicle to view longhorn cattle is highly recommended, especially if you have children under the age of 13.  Again, State Highway 29 has frequent traffic moving at least 60-plus miles per hour (watch/listen to the video with sound on).  

Enjoy Liberty Hill’s longhorns, but keep a safe distance

As for the longhorn cattle themselves, the older bulls and heifers often keep their distance.  But the longhorn calves are a bit more curious and are more likely to venture towards the fence while keeping their distance at the same time.  

Most of the calves will move towards the fence until bulls, but primarily heifers will belt out to their young. This warning is to alert the young to not venture any closer. This is much like a parent would a small child that gets out of their line of sight, or gets too close to something or someone that could harm them.

And speaking of getting too close, there are no trespassing signs along the fence. CHG Ranch appears to be land and longhorn cattle owners (may not be true, but is the name on signs).  So, don’t attempt to jump the fence, handle, or feed longhorn cattle.

For now, the longhorn cattle along highway 29 is one of the last reminders of country and ranch style living. 

A second Liberty Hill longhorn location along US183

Not far south from the State Highway 29 longhorn cattle is the US183 cattle.  If traveling southbound on US183 from Liberty Hill or Florence, you can spot another group of longhorn cattle. This group’s location is just before the Whitewing Drive and Larkspur Park Road intersection.

Still identified as Liberty Hill, this group of three cattle graze on the open land of 50 acres or so.  Urban growth surrounds longhorn cattle 3 sides and US183 on the front of the property.

Like longhorn cattle along State Highway 29, this location reminds me of a lot of the Ronald Reagan and Hero Way longhorn cattle in Leander.  However, both highway 29 and 183 longhorn cattle are a third of the size in the total count, yet enjoyable!

As for parking, highway 183 has a shoulder as well as grass that’s is manageable to walk in.  But do be very aware of watching where you step.  We wouldn’t want you to encounter fire ants or the occasional rattlesnake.

And as with other longhorn watch locations, please do not feed, handle, or trespass.  Enjoy their majestic presence and beauty at a distance. 

Don’t forget to snap a few pictures and record a few videos to mark these memorable longhorn experiences. Enjoy them while you can!