Leon County, Texas

Upper Texas Gulf Coast | Brazos River Bottom

Leon County, Texas

Leon County features hilly, rolling terrain with almost half covered by timber and sandy, dark alluvial soils. Land drains to Navasota and Trinity rivers. Also includes Lake Limestone. Local economy consists of poultry farming, cattle ranching and hay.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.1M
Lowest Price $270K
Highest Price $10M
Total Listings 58
Avg. Days On Market 130
Avg. Price/SQFT $537

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Where is Leon County, Texas?

  • Leon County is east of Waco on Interstate 45 in the Claypan area of eastern Central Texas. It is bounded on the north by Limestone and Freestone counties, on the east by Anderson and Houston counties, on the south by Madison County, and on the west by Robertson County. Buffalo, located near the Freestone County line, is the largest community.

  •  Centerville, the county seat, is near the geographical center of the county at 31°15 north latitude and 96°00' west longitude. Interstate Highway 45, connecting Dallas to Houston, crosses north to south, and U.S. Highway 79 traverses the county east to west. The Union Pacific tracks parallel Highway 79, entering near Marquez and exiting at Oakwood. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad crosses from Normangee to Jewett, where the two rail lines intersect. Leon County embraces 1,078 square miles of rolling plains.

Adjacent Counties

  • Freestone County (north)
  • Anderson County (northeast)
  • Houston County (east)
  • Madison County (south)
  • Robertson County (west)
  • Limestone County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Leon County 

  • Fort Boggy State Park is a 1,847 acres (747 ha) state park located in Leon County, Texas between Leona and Centerville. The Park was donated to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1985 by Eileen Crain Sullivan to be developed as a state park. The park features swimming, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The park participates in the "Tackle Loaner Program"; individuals can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers. Common types of fish caught include largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish, redbreast sunfish and rainbow trout (seasonal). The park has woodlands rolling hills, meadows, and wetlands. Large trees species include post oak, hickory, elm, sweetgum and pecan.

  • Keechi Creek Wildlife Management Area (KCWMA) is located in northeastern Leon County, and lies within the Post Oak Savannah Ecological Region. The area contains 1,500 acres of mostly bottomland hardwood forest at the confluence of Keechi and Buffalo creeks. KCWMA was purchased by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in the spring of 1986 with funds provided by the Texas Waterfowl Stamp and from mitigation funds.

Farming and Ranching in Leon County 

  •  Native trees include hickories, sweetgums, and redbuds; pecan trees are also found along streams. Between 1 and 10 percent of the county is considered prime farmland. Natural resources include lignite coal and oil. The climate is subtropical-humid, with mild winters and warm summers. Average temperatures in January range from 37° F to 58° and in July from 72° to 95°. The average annual precipitation is forty inches, and the average annual snowfall is less than one inch. The growing season lasts 270 days a year, with the last freeze in early March and the first freeze in early December.
  • In the early twenty-first century oil and gas production, agribusiness, and lumber were key elements of the area’s economy. In 2002 the county had 1,908 farms and ranches covering 562,615 acres, 43 percent of which were devoted to pasture, 32 percent to crops, and 21 percent to woodlands. In that year local farmers and ranchers earned $51,293,000, with livestock sales accounting for $48,301,000 of that total. Cow-calf production, hogs, poultry, hay, watermelons, vegetables, and small grains were the chief agricultural products. Almost 1,710,000 cubic feet of pinewood and 999,000 cubic feet of hardwood were harvested in the county in 2003.
 

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