Gist Ranch CA

About this Area

For more information call
(417) 256-7161
Total Acres
11240.0

Gist Ranch Conservation Area is in Texas County, approximately five miles west of Summersville and 14 miles east of Houston.

Gist Ranch is a local name for this tract of land. The Conservation Department purchased this property in 1997 from Smith Flooring Company of Mountain View.

The area is contained in one contiguous tract and is heavily forested. Visitors to the area will find abundant populations of deer, turkey, and other forest wildlife species.

A number of natural communities can be found on Gist Ranch CA. These include small springs and wetlands (also called "fens"). The spring and fen areas host wildflowers like orange coneflower and cowbane and provide valuable habitat for salamanders, frogs, and other wildlife. Small dolomite glades, surrounded by savanna, also occur on the ridges, and on south- and west-facing slopes on Gist Ranch CA. These areas support a diverse flora, including little bluestem, leadplant, wild quinine, blazing star, and rattlesnake master. They also serve as important foraging spots for deer, turkey, and quail.

The Conservation Department is working to improve the area for visitors by constructing ponds and lakes, grading or paving roads and building camping and picnic facilities. Watershed stabilization, upland wildlife habitat practices, and forest management are being implemented.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Camping
    • Designated Camping Sites,
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack,
    • Individual Campsites
  • Hunting
    • Dove,
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey,
    • Deer
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Sunfish
  • Bird Watching
  • Trails
    • Horseback,
    • Hiking
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • Shotgun Range (Disabled Accessible)Shotgun Range (Disabled Accessible)
  • Archery RangeArchery Range
  • Rifle / Pistol Range (Disabled Accessible)Rifle / Pistol Range (Disabled Accessible)
  • Hike / Equestrian TrailHike / Equestrian Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Directions
From Summersville, take Highway 17 west 4 miles, then Route W south 3 miles, then Ranch Road west 1.75 miles to the area. Another entrance road to the area is 5 miles west of Summersville on Highway 17.
Shooting Range Info
Range Name
Gist Ranch
Range Id
3026
Maintenance Days
Varies
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Shotgun Informal/Patterning
Disabled Access
Yes
Range Name
Gist Ranch
Range Id
2886
Maintenance Days
Varies
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Archery Field Target
Target Distance
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16
Disabled Access
No
Range Name
Gist Ranch
Range Id
2887
Maintenance Days
Varies
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Rifle/Pistol
Target Distance
25,50,100,300
Disabled Access
Yes
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information