Good Old Country Fun in the Texas Sun

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Who needs the aggravation and stress of the crowded water parks and amusement parks, when family fun and relaxation can be had on the secluded confines of the 850 acre Double S Ranch in the piney woods of East Texas.

Guest ranches have become a growing destination for vacationers looking to get away from the hustle of the city and experience the slow paced lifestyle of the country. Where else can families explore miles of hidden nature trails on horseback or traverse the waters of fish stocked secluded lakes. The Double S Ranch in Scroggins, Texas, a cutting horse ranch, provides families the opportunity to do both in a setting where it is near impossible not to relax.

The ranch boasts two fish stocked, spring fed lakes, Deer Lake and Dream Lake, that offer visitors hours of entertainment, peace and relaxation. The ranch makes available a wide assortment of water toys for the guests’ enjoyment. For those who want to experience the serenity of the peaceful waters, 2-man pontoon boats and kayaks are available. Both are excellent for quietly patrolling the lakes and sneaking up on the wildlife that inhabit the shores and surrounding woods. Guests that like something a little more faced paced find pleasure in zipping around the lake in the “Mickey Mouse” boat, which is the same as the boats seen at Disney World in Florida. The boat seats 2 people and is powered by a 15 hp Mercury outboard. Of course, what good are stocked fishing lakes if you cant fish them. For this reason, there are several fishing boats that vary in size, all equipped with trolling motors, enabling fishermen to cover water quickly and quietly. Although both lakes are catch and release, guests staying at the ranch are welcome to keep fish from the lakes for their dinner fare.

The lakes are not the only source of fun and adventure on the Double S Ranch. There are also over 12 miles of nature trails that meander all over the property, which provide an excellent window into the lore of East Texas. The ranch offers several ways of exploring the trails. By far, the most exciting and rustic is via horseback. Guests are given careful instructions and then led out onto the trails by an experienced member of the ranch. Traveling the trails on horseback offers the best opportunity to get up close and personal with all of the wildlife that inhabit the property like deer, armadillos, foxes and even the occasional bald eagle. For visitors who are looking for something motorized to get around in, a Kawasaki Mule is in order. This 4-wheel drive utility vehicle effortlessly navigates the trails around the ranch. It offers the best opportunity for guests to see as much of the ranch as possible, while offering a safe and stable ride. Regular golf carts are also available for a slower, less intense mode of transportation. Last, but not least, mountain bikes round out the arsenal of ranch transportation, making sure that guests have the utmost of available opportunities to enjoy their stay.

The fact that the Double S Ranch is real working ranch also attracts a lot of attention from visitors. The ranch specializes in the breeding and training of cutting horses, both Paint and Quarter breeds, and is home to several APHA champion stallions like Double S Dually, sired by Dual Pep, and Sting-n-Starlight, sired by Grays Starlight. In addition to the playgrounds, children particularly enjoy visiting the horses and cows to watch the babies, which can normally be seen galloping alongside their mothers. Guests staying at the ranch are welcome to visit the many barns and witness all of the day-to-day activities that are involved in keeping and maintaining a ranch such as feeding the animals, training the horses, cutting and bailing hay, mending fences and all sorts of other chores. The ranch also has several authentic, old-time, wooden wheel wagons that are on display as you enter the property and throughout the rest of the grounds. The wagons are popular areas for family photos and add a rustic, western feel to the ranch.

All activities and accommodations on the Double S Ranch are handled through Deer Lake Cabins, located on the property. Deer Lake Cabins offers 8 cabins/lake houses available for rent that can sleep from 2 to 8 people. Most of the cabins are located on the banks of Deer Lake and have decks that provide the perfect place to sit and relax and watch the sun set. All cabins are beautifully furnished and include full kitchens, televisions, VCRs, central heat and air, fresh linens and most have washers and dryers. Cabins are also furnished with grills for the benefit of the guests.

The Double S Ranch is located in Scroggins, TX, which as about 100 miles east of Dallas on just of Interstate 30, adjacent to Lake Cypress Springs. For more information on the Double S Ranch and Deer Lake Cabins, visit, or call 903-860-3898


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