The 2017 Texas Bluebonnet Season promises to be bursting with blossoms! An unusually warm February inspired the iconic flowers to bloom a bit earlier than usual. However, most parks are encouraging visitors to wait another week, or until April, to enjoy peak blooming. Thanks to our in-the-loop readers, we’ve got the scoop on where bluebonnets are already carpeting the ground. Here’s our Top 10 most promising places to see bluebonnets. Enjoy!
Big Bend National Park
The first bluebonnets have begun to sprout along trails and roadsides in Big Bend. Taller than most Bluebonnets, the Big Bend Bluebonnet blooms from February through April. Big Bend is an awesome place to go hiking or camping. Learn more at www.nps.gov/bibe.
Wildseed Farms, Fredericksburg
Wildseed Farms expects a full bloom of its Texas bluebonnets starting this weekend. And of course, they’re located in the incredible town of Fredericksburg, which is famous for its historic site-seeing and popular for its wine tours. Learn more at www.wildseedfarms.com.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin
“Peak season is generally some time in April! We are already seeing bluebonnets, but they are not out in force,” a spokesperson for the center told us. Based on the photos on their Facebook page though, if you go now you may be able to enjoy the flowers ahead of the crowds! Learn more at www.wildflower.org.
A quick search of Facebook will pull up dozens of photos of gorgeous bluebonnet blossoms, and many of them are being taken in Brenham. The Bluebonnet Trail winds along 80 miles of scenic roads decked with wildflowers. Learn more at www.visitbrenhamtexas.com/getaways/wildflower-watch/.
Annually, from April 1-30, Ennis is the site for more than 40 miles of well-mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails which are sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. Known as the oldest such trails in the state, they attract literally tens of thousands of tourists (both in- and out-of-state) to take in the wonderful wildflower display. The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau is regularly updated by the Ennis Garden Club with respect to bloom status for each week throughout the month of April. In turn, the Ennis CVB keeps visitors informed in order that they might properly plan their tours of the area. Learn more at www.visitennis.org/bluebonnet.htm.
Turkey Bend Recreation Area
The Lower Colorado River Authority says, “We spy bluebonnets at Turkey Bend Rec Area! Where have you seen them?” Learn more at www.lcra.org.
Rob Fleming Park, Spring
A little birdie told us that this family park in Spring is dotted with bluebonnets. Learn more at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.
Texas Flag Park, Conroe
Reader and San Antonio pastor, Andrew Moody, recently visited The Lone Star Monument & Historic Flag Park (AKA Texas Flag Park in Conroe). That’s where he shot our featured photo, along with many other beautiful photos of swaths of bluebonnets. Learn more at www.texasflagpark.com.
Of all the places to see bluebonnets, this is perhaps the best. Known as “The Bluebonnet Capitol of Texas,” Burnet plays host to an annual Bluebonnet Festival, taking place this year on April 7-9.
The Bluebonnet House, Marble Falls
If you’ve decided to see Burnet, you owe it to yourself to drive a little farther to another of the very best places to see bluebonnets. As you drive along 281 toward Marble Falls, you’ll come to a famous landmark known as “The Bluebonnet House.” It’s an abandoned two-story home surrounded by cascades of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush. Said to be “the most photographed house in Texas,” you’re sure to get some impressive shots! Learn more at www.preservationtexas.org/endangered/marblefalls/