Nothing says “Welcome Spring” like the appearance of the majestic Bluebonnet in Texas. Soon fields and roadsides will be dotted with this beautiful state flower and it will be time to snap those traditional family pictures. Bluebonnets usually begin to show up in early March but are known to peak around the third week in April. Ahh….I can smell the bluebonnets now!
There are many places in the great state of Texas where you can spot bluebonnets in all their glory but here is a little fact…. they don’t bloom all over Texas. Actually you will find the bluebonnet in only about 35% of the state.
To help you on your hunt to find the perfect bluebonnet trail, I have gathered a list of locations for you to check out along with a few tips to help keep our bluebonnets save and beautiful.
Bluebonnet Season Etiquette:
You are encouraged to take photos among the bluebonnets but there is proper etiquette to be followed. First, don’t trample the flowers. You want to get in among the flowers and snap that beautiful photo but don’t run around and trample the delicate flowers. If they die in this manner, they will not go to seed thus failing to return next year. Although not against the law to pick (shhh…don’t tell the kids!) it also prevents the flower from being able to go to seed and return for it’s annual visit.
Where to Go…...
Ennis is located southeast of Dallas in Ellis County and has been designated by the State Legislature as the “Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail” as well as the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas”. Ennis is home to the oldest bluebonnet trails in the state. You will be delighted with over 40 miles of mapped trails to discover. Gas up the car and head to Ennis with this Bluebonnet Trail Map.
Austin may be best known for keeping things “Weird” but it is also a city that plays host to some of the prettiest bluebonnet landscapes around. HERE you will find a guide to the best places to see Bluebonnets in the Austin area.
Texas Hill Country
Probably one of the most popular areas to find an abundance of bluebonnets along scenic highways and byways is the Texas Hill Country. Get a map to find the most popular areas in the Hill Country HERE.
Brenham, Independence, Chappell Hill, and Washington on the Brazos State Park are all located within Washington county. Here are links to help you find the best bluebonnet sightings in these areas.
Brenham Bluebonnets (p.s. enjoy some famous Blue Bell ice-cream while your there!)
Chappell Hill ~ 51st Annual Bluebonnet Festival (April 11th – 12th)
Washington On The Brazos ~ Area information.