Texas Travel

Bring On the Bluebonnets

By Michelle Reneau 4.7.15

Every spring from late March through May, Texans far and wide explore trails anointed with the state flower. Here are the three most well-known routes to see them in bloom.

One of the most pinned places on earth, the Ennis bluebonnet trail is also one of the most gorgeous. In April, 40 miles of mapped driving trails are sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. Each week, club members drive the trails and provide the latest status reports so visitors know where the best flowers are at the time of their visit. Click here for a downloadable map.

Burnet was named the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas” in 1981 by the Texas State Legislature. Since 1983, they’ve hosted a festival (April 10–12, 2015), complete with a dog parade, live music, and a pageant that crowns Miss Bluebonnet. The Burnet trail covers the most concentrated area of blooms in the Hill Country.

This bluebonnet byway includes a quaint town full of antiques and rose gardens — and Blue Bell ice cream! Their trail map includes other attractions and festivals. If you stop by the Brenham visitor center, you can also pick up a map of the area’s historical sites.

Can’t get enough bluebonnets? Read more about the “magic hour” for photographing them.