If you visit Texas in spring, especially during the month of April, you will not be able to miss the wildflowers blooming along the side of the road. Brilliant blue flowers blanket fields and pastures and decorate the countryside every spring. Drive just 20 minutes outside one of the major Texas cities, like Fort Worth, Dallas, or San Antonio and you will find a canvas of colors. The Texas Bluebonnets truly are a springtime attraction in the state. The wildflowers are such a draw that there is even a Bluebonnet Festival in Ennis, Texas. And the popular Ennis Bluebonnet Trails just outside of Dallas-Fort Worth bring thousands of people to the small town each year.
Ennis Bluebonnet Festival
The Texas Bluebonnet grows wild, and each spring it is a huge attraction for locals and out-of-state visitors alike. One of best places in Texas to see this beautiful flower is just outside of Dallas-Fort Worth. The tiny town of Ennis is home to 40 miles of mapped driving trails known as the Bluebonnet Trails. There you will find field upon field of Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush. The scenic trails wind thought tiny country roads, passed longhorns, donkeys, horses, and picturesque barns, antique cars and even wineries. You can stop along the Bluebonnet Trails for a glass of wine or to shop at a quirky antique shop. Both of these businesses would otherwise be in the middle of nowhere if the scenic drive didn’t draw masses of people to the rural road.
The wildflowers have become such an attraction, that the small town of Ennis now hosts a festival each spring dedicated to the state flower of Texas. The Bluebonnet Festival, which is typically held the third week in April, features arts and crafts, food, family activities, and entertainment that fill the streets of Downtown Ennis. The festival is free to visit, but the biggest draw of course, are the wildflowers themselves.
Tips for visiting the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails
If you plan to visit the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails or just want to stop along the road and take a photo in the bluebonnets, be careful where you sit, stand, and step. There may be ants, snakes, or cow manure hiding under that beautiful blanket of flowers. (It is Texas, after all). Also, respect nature and try not to trample the delicate flowers when walking or sitting for a photo. While it isn’t illegal to pick the Texas Bluebonnets, it is frowned upon. Many of the wildflowers along the Bluebonnet Trails are on private land. The land owners are generous enough to allow visitors onto their property each spring to take photos and enjoy the beauty of nature. But be a good guest, and leave the Bluebonnet Trails as you found them.
Texas Bluebonnets: The best part about Texas in spring
If you don’t want to make the drive to Ennis, you will still find a lot of Bluebonnets even in some of the largest cities in Texas. People literally stop along the side of the highways all across Texas to take pictures of their children in the flowers. Outside of the Austin and San Antonio areas, near the quaint German town of Fredricksburg, the Texas Bluebonnets spring up early. But you don’t have to stop along the side of the highway. Wildseed Farms outside Fredricksburg gives guests a safe and ideal place to take stunning photos in fields of the Texas Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and Poppies. The Bluebonnets are our favorite thing about Texas in the spring. Families get outside together, enjoy the beauty of nature, and capture some priceless memories.
It has become a tradition for our family to road trip to Texas each year. Our daughter loves our Texas trips! I mean, just look at that picture… That is the face of a kid who loves the Texas Bluebonnets!
Have you seen the Texas Bluebonnets, visited the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails, or Bluebonnet Festival in Ennis? Leave us a comment and let us know your experience!