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Honey Creek State Natural Area

Honey Creek State Natural Area is 2,293.7 acres located in western Comal County in the Texas Hill Country, approximately 30 miles north of downtown San Antonio. The area, once a ranch, was acquired by deed from the Texas Nature Conservancy in 1985 and by deed from a private individual in 1988, and was opened for limited access in 1985.

The vegetative diversity of the Honey Creek property is one of its most compelling features. Ashe juniper, live oak, agarita and Texas persimmon dominate the dry, rocky hills, and a few grasses such as little muhly and curly mesquite somehow find just enough soil in the cracks to persist. As the juniper and baccharis are being removed from the upland flats, the stands of native grasses are increasing and Indiangrass, little bluestem, and switchgrass are reasserting their dominance. As one moves down into the canyon of the creek itself, one is struck by the increase of cedar elm and older junipers and the rather abrupt appearance of Spanish oak, pecan, walnut and Mexican buckeye.

Finally, the terrain levels out again in the narrow flood plain and the creek itself. Here, the dominant species are sycamore and bald cypress, associated with an assortment of flood plain species. Texas palmetto, columbine and maidenhair fern occur along the rock banks, spatter dock floats on the surface, and a number of emergent plants are plainly visible in the clear blue-green water.

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