Springtime in Texas can only mean one thing, bluebonnets! Here are several places to get your Central Texas bluebonnet fix this year! As I come across more, I will add them; make sure to check back often!
2021 Central Texas Bluebonnet season: Due to the extreme weather we had, bluebonnet season is a little different this year. Most places are blooming later than normal. It may take you several tries over a period of the month of April to find them when they are at their peak. Here in Central Texas they typically reach their peak the last week of March – the first week of April. This year though, it is anyone’s guess.
Willow City Loop
This iconic narrow two-lane ranch road right off of TX Hwy 16 takes you on 13 miles of breathtaking beauty and is filled with bluebonnets and other wildflowers during bluebonnet season. A word of caution though, all land alongside the road is PRIVATE property, and stopping to get out is considered trespassing. There are warning signs all along the road. So don’t expect to be able to get out and take pictures in the bluebonnets. This is Texas after all, and trespassing on a Texan’s land can turn out pretty bad if you get what I am saying!
This scenic back road route has also become extremely popular, especially on the weekends when traffic can be bumper to bumper the entire way. But, even with all that it is still worth it!
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Located in Austin, at 4801 La Crosse Ave you can find bluebonnets here along with several other Spring wildflowers that bloom March -May. They even offer a Bluebonnet photography class! Website.
Lockhart State Park
Want to see bluebonnets that aren’t blue? Visit Lockhard State Park to see them bloom in a variety of shades ranging from blue, pink, white, to purple! Website.
Dubbed the official Bluebonnet City of Texas, Ennis holds an annual Bluebonnet Trails Festival and has over 40 miles of mapped bluebonnet driving trails. Bluebonnets in the area typically peak around the 3rd week of April but timing can vary (just like elsewhere) depending on weather conditions. Check out their website for current updates.
Texas Hwy 29
Take a drive on Texas Hwy 29 from Burnet to Mason and soak in the beautiful wildflowers. Make sure to look for the privately owned lighthouse on Lake Buchanan that is near Buchanan Dam. It provides for a great backdrop with the bluebonnets in bloom.
Burnet holds an annual Bluebonnet Festival on the 2nd weekend of April that has live music, a carnival, food, races of all kinds, shopping. Check out their website for more information.
Located along the Colorado River, the town slogan is “Where the rivers flow and bluebonnets grow”. Driving around Kingsland will yield several areas to stop.
FM 1431 – This road has some of the best bluebonnet backdrops. You will find everything from decommissioned railroad tracks to rolling hills. There is a set of decommissioned railroad tracks near FM 1431 & CR 321.
Slab Road / FM 3404 – Head down to what is known as The Slab to check out bluebonnets along the banks of the river.
Inks Lake Park / Park Road 4 – Another place to check out some bluebonnets is along Park Rd 4. Take 2342 north out of Kingsland where it will merge with Park Road 4.
Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area
Located near Spicewood, this area is covered in Bluebonnets. It’s become so popular due to the amount of Bluebonnets that they now have a Bluebonnet Pre-Pay option so you can prepay for park access during wildflower season. Website.
Home of the famous bluebonnet house which is an abandoned house in a field of bluebonnets and an iconic place for pictures. It is located at 4554 N. US Highway 281 in Marble Falls.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
Another great place to get your Central Texas Bluebonnet fix is LBJ State Park & Historic Site. The fields leading to the visitors center are just covered in them. What makes it even better are the metal animal sculptures placed throughout the fields.
Brushy Creek Lake Park
Located in Cedar Park, lush green fields of bluebonnets are what you will find here along with walking trails, a playscape, and a pond.
Located in Fredericksburg is a working 200-acre wildflower farm that of course hosts fields of bluebonnets each spring. Admission is free and they are open 7-days a week. The walking trails close 30 minutes before closing. Website.
Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Trail
This “trail” (driving not hiking) runs between Llano and Burnet and passes through Marble Falls and Fredericksburg. Make sure to stop and get a driving map at any of the city Visitor Center bureaus along the trail route.