The diverse landscape of the state of Texas lends to it having one of the largest varieties of wildflowers found anywhere. From the deserts of west Texas to the sub-tropical southeastern coast, Texas offers up some of the best springtime landscapes. Here are a few suggestions on where the most scenic fields can be found in our state.
• Willow City Loop, Fredericksburg
Considered by some to be the principal wildflower location in the state, Willow City Loop is a road just north of Fredericksburg in the Hill Country. This 13-mile stretch of roadway is bound by seemingly endless fields of Phlox, Coreopsis, Bluebonnets, Mexican Poppies, Sunflowers and Daisies, among others. The rugged landscape peaks atop high hills with beautiful views down into valley meadows. Be wary of heavy traffic on weekends, however, since this is such a popular scenic drive.
• Bluebonnet Trail, Ennis
With a typical peak during the middle of April, this “official bluebonnet trail” was designated as such by the state legislature and has some of the most beautiful, natural bluebonnet blossoms one can find. The Ennis Visitors Bureau maps out the best flowers on the trails each year to ensure visitors get what they came for – beautiful bluebonnets up close and personal. Large groups can even book a guided tour with a garden club expert for a small fee.
• Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Preserve
Bring a picnic and spend the day just north of Austin at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. This 279 acre space dedicated to the conservation of native plants has lush gardens that bloom year-round, but the wildflowers steal the show each spring. Several meadows dedicated to wildflowers are nestled between an arboretum, themed gardens with interactive features, “dinosaur” creek and visitors gallery. With an onsite café, several picnic tables, and water fountains throughout the trails, you’ll be comfortable while enjoying nature at its best.