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SMOKY CREEK. Smoky Creek rises in the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park two miles southwest of Emory Peak in south central Brewster County (at 29°13' N, 103°20' W) and runs southwest for sixteen miles to its mouth on the Rio Grande, six miles southeast of Castolon (at 29°04' N, 103°27' W). The surrounding rugged terrain with numerous box canyons is surfaced by shallow, stony soils that support Mexican buckeye, walnut, persimmon, desert willow, scrub brush, and sparse grasses. For its last two miles the creek runs through flat terrain with local shallow depressions surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses.


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"SMOKY CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed April 19, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.