The city of Ennis, Texas, just about a half-hour drive from Dallas, is as pretty as its name. With more than 40 miles of trails filled with bluebonnets that peak near the third week of April, Even if you don’t consider yourself a “flower person,” you’ll likely be wowed by the incredible variety of vibrant blooms, as well as the amount of things to see and do in the area.
Of course, one of the best ways to experience the Bluebonnet Trail is to take a scenic drive through the flora and fauna. You can download a trail map from the Ennis Visitors Center site, www.visitennis.org, to get started. Make sure to have your camera at the ready on your journey; from the grazing cows and trotting horses to the bright Bluebonnets, there are sure to be tons of photo-ops along the way. You’ll see plenty of other flowers, too, including Texas paintbrushes, Indian blankets, and Winecups.
When you’ve taken in enough scenery for the day, Downtown Ennis boasts a quaint historic district and plenty of shops and dining. If you plan to stay in the area, both national chain hotels and small bed and breakfasts can be found in town. Outdoorsy types will love the opportunity to rough it at Lake Bardwell, which welcomes campers and fishermen. There’s also family-friendly entertainment to be found, including the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre and the Ennis Railroad and Culture Museum. Speed demons should zoom over to the Texas Motorplex, a drag racing mecca that’s been around for almost three decades.
If you’re able to visit the region over the weekend of April 18, don’t miss the annual Bluebonnet Trails Festival in Ennis. This year’s festival features live music, arts and crafts, and guided rides through the gorgeous wildflowers.
Ennis isn’t the only city where you can spot bluebonnets, however. Starting from the city of Burnet, head out on Highway 29 West to Ranch Road 234. Or, begin your adventure in Brenham, which is located in between Austin and Houston. Taking Highway 290 to Highway 77 will reveal a beautiful landscape of brilliant colors that you won’t find anywhere else but the Lone Star state!