9331 St Highway 181, Zanoni, Missouri, 65784






MLS: 15003-00099

2,470 Acres

10,000 SqFt

5 beds

6 baths

What You Should Know

  • 2,470 Acre Cattle Ranch In MO

  • Ozark County Equine Property

  • 3.5 Miles Pine Creek Frontage

  • Ranchland in Missouri For Sale

  • Ozark County Ranch For Sale

  • Missouri Hunting Land For Sale

  • Zanoni Grist Mill For Sale

  • Waterfront Property For Sale

Why You'll Love It

The iconic Zanoni Mill Ranch is being offered for sale! This may be the buying opportunity of a life time! This historic ranch includes approximately 2,470 acres of some of the finest Missouri grazing land and hay meadows available. Included in this offering is a gothic 10,000 SF, 5 bedroom, 6 bath luxury home with an inside swimming pool. The Zanoni Mill Ranch home was built in 1984 and was designed to resemble the 5,900 SF Southfork Ranch home used in the CBS television series DallasThe Southfork Ranch is located on 100 acres of land 25 miles north of Dallas.

This ranch would be perfect for buyers looking for a turnkey cattle or horse ranch, for a business or organization that would like to own one of the most historic ranches and entertainment operations in the country or for a group of hunters that want to own nearly 2,500 acres of pristine Ozark deer and turkey hunting land, along with a world class lodge.   

This ranch is named after the Zanoni Mill located in the Pine Creek Valley 9 miles northeast of Gainesville, Missouri just off of Highway 181. The Zanoni Mill was built with a fine overshot wheel by A. P. Morrison about 1906 at a site where milling had been an industry since the Civil War. The overshot wheel is a popular feature with photographers and artists. It is driven by water from a natural spring located just above the mill with a measured flow of from 194,000 to 226,000 gallons daily! Though milling ceased in 1951, Mr. Morrison, popularly known as "Uncle Doc," kept the mill in good repair.  A.P. Morrison also built the general store that bears his name and the post office that is located just to the north of the mill. The first postmaster, George W. Shoemaker is said to have named the office for Zanoni, Virginia. Zanoni was the name of a novel by Bulwer-Lytton. The Zanoni Mill is a favorite of those taking a tour of The Mills of Ozark County.

This very unique Ozark ranch property has artesian wells, large springs, clear water streams, outcroppings of high bluffs, rolling hills pastures, lush hay fields, several wooded areas, several homes for ranch hands or guests, an historic General Store building and the original Zanoni post office, the Zanoni Grist Mill is featured in History Books Remodeled and available for wedding and other social functions. This and much more is located in the Southern Missouri Ozark Hills. This iconic ranch is a "Gem" of Ozark County, Missouri. There are many other special features of this property that must be experienced. If you, your family, and ownership group, your company, corporation or organization want an iconic operational cattle and horse ranch, hunting operation or amazing lifestyle opportunity to enjoy the 4 seasons of the Ozarks, this is it. The property will be sold with water rights and mineral rights transferring to the buyer.  The property will be shown by appointment.   

The current owners of this working ranch have not allowed any deer hunting on this land for nearly 5 years. Turkey hunting has been limited to successful 2 youth hunts where both young hunters bagged trophy turkeys in short order. The hunting aspects of this land with rugged terrain, miles of canyons, hundreds of acres of timber and the edges of cover, will send outdoorsmen into a state of awe! Spending a few hours wandering the forest near the artist-hunting cabin south of Highway 181, you get to experience what settlers of the Ozarks found when they discovered this area of the country. Whitetail deer, wild turkeys, quail, waterfowl and many other species make these areas their home. Hidden ponds and creeks provide wildlife habitat that many hunters can only dream of.  

Standing at “The Top of the World” and looking at all of the pastures, hay meadows, timber, rivers, lake, ponds and canyons that are a part of the Zanoni Mill Ranch is an amazing experience! 

When you tour this ranch you will see a working ranch that is well designed with many grazing units of various size and are all well-watered.  The property includes 12 water wells and many well placed automatic watering tanks for best use for grazing the blue grass and fescue pastures.  Artesian wells also provide sources of pure, clear water.  The property includes nearly 3.5 miles of river frontage!  There are over 2 dozen well placed ponds on the ranch to efficiently utilize the amazing forage produced by the grazing units. Many of the pastures have been improved by mowing and fertilizing.  A lot of work has been done to improve the ranch fencing and gates. Stocking capacities of 4 acres per pair are obtainable with the existing structure.  Livestock auctions are available in Gainesville (10 miles), Squires (26 miles) and north of West Plains (35 miles).

The ranch is operated in 2 parcels, the 1,930 acre Zanoni Mill Homestead Parcel and the 540 acre Rose Parcel.  Below are some of the impressive features of each. 

Zanoni Mill Homestead Parcel – 1,930 Acres:  (Click links to view short video1video2 and video3)  To view a short video about some of the wildlife on the ranch click here.  To view a video of trail camera images shot between November 2019 and January 2020, click here


10,000 SF, 5 bedroom, 6 bath home with very large rooms and ornate walnut woodwork

Indoor swimming pool and recreational area, with fireplace and filled by an artesian well

Spacious 2nd floor balcony overlooking the grist mill and lake that stretches to the south

           Full basement with walk-out doors, updated electrical and plumbing systems

Two new geothermal heating and air conditioning systems are linked to an artesian well providing year round constant temperatures

           Oversized attached garage and shop area

           Zanoni Grist Mill – Event Center: (Click link to view short video)

Overshot water wheel that is powered by a spring that flows up to 226,000 gallons of water per day

Restored mill building that has been used for weddings and many other social events

Balcony area and interior finished in tongue & groove wood for a rustic and rich feel

           A.P. Morrison General Store – Zanoni Post Office:

The original general store and original post office structure and furnishings

Glass display cases, original shelving and artifacts

Post Office window, mail boxes and other historical items

          Grist Mill Lake:  

3.6 acre spring fed lake with a small island

Stocked with fish and used to host youth groups and conservation organizations

Home to Canadian Geese and other waterfowl

Paved private, scenic driveway around the perimeter of the lake

          Historic Civil War Jail:

Limestone construction, built into the hillside

Engraving in the walls made by soldiers that were confined there

A view of history few have seen

           Ranch Operation Headquarters:

Outbuildings: Including barns, shop buildings, grain bins, feed tanks, corrals, pens and much more

Hay Fields:

58 acres of hay fields used for livestock

Improved Pasture Land:

Many pastures have been mowed, fertilized and improved

Good fencing, lots of fencing work has been done


            Consists of oak, pine, walnut, sycamore, pecan, redbud and other trees

           Excellent cover for livestock, wildlife, hunting and possible timber harvesting

           Pine Creek Frontage:

            2.25 miles of Pine Creek frontage, as well as other creeks and springs

           High bluffs, overlooks, waterfalls and vistas are found along the river


There are 17 well located ponds on this tract of land for livestock use and recreational purposes

Melvin’s Place:

Ranch hand home south of Highway 181 in the Pine River Valley (This home is uninhabitable at this time)

Barn and pens

Artist – Hunting Cabin:

Small cabin located in timber setting on ridge south of Highway 181

Screened porch, deck and amazing views

Walking distance to several ponds

Jackson Land:

Body shop building and granary – livestock loafing shed

Rugged area for trophy hunting of deer and turkeys

Paths mowed for access


Rose Parcel Place – 540 Acres:  (Click link to view short video)

           Feed Mill & Complex:

            Feed mill, buildings, silos and grain tanks

           Hay – equipment shed

           Corrals, catch pens, working and load-out chutes

           Covered livestock feeding facility

           Well and watering system


            Two home sites with older homes on the west side of Highway (Both homes are unhabitable at this time)

           Shop building

           Garages and sheds

           Feed bunks and pens

           Hay field:

55 acres of hay fields used for livestock

Barn for haying equipment

Improved Pasture Land:

Many pastures have been mowed, fertilized and improved in past years

Good fencing


            Consists of oak, pine, walnut, sycamore, pecan, redbud and other trees

           Excellent cover for livestock, wildlife, hunting and possible timber harvesting

           Pine Creek Frontage:

            1.2 miles of Pine Creek frontage, as well as other creeks and springs


            There are 8 ponds on this tract of land for livestock use and recreation

The owners of this property fell in love with this amazing country home for the following reasons:

  • Amazing Ozark lifestyle and rich history of the property
  • Fully operational cattle and horse ranch
  • Abundance of water and grass in all areas of the ranch  
  • The peace, quiet and tranquility of country living
  • Amazing home to live in and to entertain guests in
  • The grist mill for use in social events and sharing the beauty with others
  • Views of deer, turkeys, geese, ducks and other wildlife
  • Short distance to Bull Shoals Lake and other recreational opportunities

This is a rare chance to own an iconic, historic cattle ranch with an amazing home that is in the process of being remodeled. The buyers of this property can select how they want the interior of the home to be finished.   All of this is conveniently located in the heart of the Ozark Mountain Area of Southern Missouri.

The home is serviced by electricity, phone service, high speed Internet, satellite television, septic system and artesian well water. The home is well insulated which results in very reasonable utility bills. 

Please see the property map for driving directions and distances. 

The Zanoni Mill Ranch is located 25 miles to the northeast of the upper end of Bull Shoals Lake. The area near Gainesville is well known for its many grist mills and lots of people come to the area each year to tour the mills. Click here to watch a short video of a tour of some of the mills. Other recreational opportunities in the area include the Caney Mountain Wildlife Preserve, Rockbridge Grist Mill, Dawt Mill and Bryant River Rafting.  If you have an interest in history, the Ozark County Historium may be a wonderful place to visit. 

Gainesville and West Plains both offer welcoming small town atmospheres. This could be your new historic cattle-horse ranch or destination retreat in the historic Ozarks area of Missouri.

Distances:  This ranch is right in the middle of many amazing entertainment venues!

The Ozarks – The Outdoor Recreational Capital of Missouri!



Where You'll Find It

  • Street Address: 9331 St Highway 181
  • City: Zanoni
  • State: Missouri
  • County: Ozark




Scott Campbell

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