VERDE CREEK (MEDINA COUNTY)
VERDE CREEK (Medina County). Verde Creek rises in three branches eight miles north of Hondo in Medina County (at 29°32' N, 99°05' W). Intermittent in its upper reaches, it runs southeast for 20½ miles to its mouth on Hondo Creek, four miles west of Hondo (at 29°21' N, 99°03' W). The branches, East Verde, Middle Verde, and West Verde creeks, all rise in south central Bandera County and run southeast, through Bandera and Medina counties. The West branch joins Middle Verde Creek twelve miles north of Hondo, and four miles downriver they are joined by the East branch to form Verde Creek. The branches cross limestone hills of the Edwards Plateau and steep slopes and limestone benches. Vegetation on the plateau is generally open stands of live oak and Ashe juniper on shallow clay loam soils. From the confluence of its two major sources Verde Creek runs through generally flat terrain with localized dissections; soils are generally shallow and stony. Further downstream, near Vandenberg, the terrain becomes gently rolling with moderately deep clay and sandy loam soils. Open stands of oak and Ashe juniper predominate over most of the stream's route, though cropland is more prevalent near the Hondo Creek junction.