GROVE CREEK. Grove Creek, formed by the union of North and South Grove creeks, rises two miles north of Waxahachie in north central Ellis County (at 32°27' N, 96°47' W) and runs southeast, then east, then northeast, for a total of twenty miles before reaching its mouth on Red Oak Creek, about a mile northwest of Bristol (at 32°28' N, 96°35' W). The stream intersects Interstate Highway 45 in east central Ellis County 1½ miles south of Palmer. Grove Creek traverses flat to rolling prairie with occasional shallow depressions, surfaced by clay loams, sandy loams, and dark, calcareous soils that support mesquite trees, grasses, and cacti, as well as water-tolerant hardwoods and conifers. The area has served as crop and range land.