April brings us the blooming of the bluebonnets. Washington may have its cherry blossoms. Holland has tulips. But Texas is home to the bluebonnet. It’s the state’s signature wildflower.
You’re likely to see them in fields and along roads all over North Texas, but the best viewing is traditionally along the officially designated Texas Bluebonnet Trail in Ennis.
Located about 90 minutes south of Plano, Ennis sits off Interstate 45. Bluebonnets typically start blooming in early to mid April, and the peak season is generally the third week in April. The actual peak season depends on rain and weather conditions. With all the rain we had last year, 2015 was one of the best bluebonnet viewing seasons in years.
Before making the trip, check the Ennis bluebonnet website. It tells you what stage the blooms are in, and where the best spots for viewing will be on any particular day. There’s even a map to guide you to the best viewing areas.
The best plan is to use Exit 259 at Palmer and head east on country roads. You’re likely to spot bluebonnets anywhere along the road and in farm fields. The bluebonnets are often interspersed with orange Indian Paintbrush, filling the scene with a beautiful color pallet.
Traffic along the trail can get pretty crowded on weekends, people driving slow and pulling off the side of the road to take pictures.
The drive along the Bluebonnet Trail is a great free family outing. There is even a convenient Dairy Queen at the end of the trail in Ennis for an ice cream stop after your done viewing and photographing all the wildflowers