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SORREL CREEK. Sorrel Creek rises two miles southwest of the Devil's Backbone in northeastern Comal County (at 29°57' N, 98°14' W) and flows south for 2½ miles to its mouth on the northwest shore of Canyon Lake on the Guadalupe River (at 29°55' N, 98°13' W). Its course crosses an area of the Balcones Escarpment characterized by steep slopes and limestone benches, giving a stairstep appearance to the landscape along the creek. Soil in the area is generally dark, calcareous stony clay and clay loam with rock outcroppings, and vegetation primarily consists of live oak and Ashe juniper woods. A farming and ranching community known as Sorrell Creek took root along the stream in the late 1850s; the Sorrell Creek school served the rural settlement from 1885 to 1952.


Oscar Haas, History of New Braunfels and Comal County, Texas, 1844–1946 (Austin: Steck, 1968).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"SORREL CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.