Honey Creek State Natural Area is 2293.7 acres located in western Comal County, approximately 30 miles north of downtown San Antonio.
Entry into Honey Creek is for guided tours only. The diverse geology, flora, and fauna make Honey Creek a special place for all visitors using 2 miles of nature/interpretive trails.
The Saturday morning walking tour of Honey Creek has been resumed; it begins at 9 a.m. Please call in advance to confirm that the tour will be given on the particular Saturday you wish to visit.
Flora/Fauna: 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.
Overall, the nine soil types which occur on the property can easily be distinguished from one another by changes in the dominant vegetation.
The diversity of habitat types, naturally enough, gives rise to a varied and abundant fauna. All of the typical hill country species, from wild turkeys to fence lizards, ringtails to leopard frogs, and many types of fish can be found on the property. Several species of endemics with limited ranges also inhabit the preserve. Of particular interest are Cagle's map turtle, Guadalupe bass, four-lined skink, green kingfisher, Texas salamander, and the Honey Creek Cave salamander. In addition, Honey Creek is one of the nesting sites of the threatened golden-cheeked warbler.
Whether watching deer and jackrabbits feeding in the uplands, gazing at fish hiding under lily pads in the creek, or listening to the distinctive call of the canyon wren announcing his territory, Honey Creek is a special place for all visitors.
Directions: From San Antonio, TX, Travel 30 miles north to the north end of Park Road 31. It may be reached by traveling west on State Highway 46, 8 miles west of the intersection of State Highway 46 and US Highway 281 or by traveling eastward on State Highway 46, 13 miles east of Boerne. The park is located adjacent to Guadalupe River State Park.
Distance: 2 miles
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