BEAR CREEK (COMAL COUNTY)
BEAR CREEK (Comal County). Bear Creek rises three miles southeast of Startz Hill in central Comal County (at 29°48' N, 98°16' W) and flows east for 7½ miles to its mouth on the Guadalupe River, 10½ miles northwest of New Braunfels. Dry Bear Creek, a tributary of Bear Creek, rises near Startz Hill in central Comal County (at 29°49 N, 98°18' W) and flows east for 5½ miles to its mouth on Bear Creek, near its crossing of Farm Road 2722 (at 29°49' N, 98°14' W). Little Bear Creek, a second tributary, rises in central Comal County near Valley View (at 29°47' N, 98°15' W) and flows east for about three miles to its mouth on Bear Creek, near its convergence with Dry Bear Creek (at 29°48' N, 98°13' W). Bear Creek and its tributaries cross an area of the Balcones Escarpment characterized by steep slopes and limestone benches that give the landscape a stairstep appearance. Soil in the area is generally dark, calcareous stony clay and clay loam with rock outcroppings, and vegetation consists primarily of live oak and Ashe juniper woods. In the nineteenth century Bear Creek was the site of a farming and stock-raising community. In 1924 the area was designated a fish and game preserve.