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Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail in Ennis, the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas

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Ennis, Texas is located just southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth. It’s known for a few things: for having a predominantly Czech heritage, for being the hub for the National Polka Festival and events at the Texas Motorplex, and, most importantly (for this article at least), for being the home of the “Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail.” Designated such in 1997 by the State Legislature, it was also deemed the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas” – an honor it rightly lives up to. Their Convention and Visitors Bureau has established a website complete with personal picture-taking tips, links to local professional photographers, accommodations, picnic areas, and tips!

A Community Effort

Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail in Ennis, The Official Bluebonnet City of Texas!

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Annually, from April 1-30, Ennis is the site for more than 40 miles of well-mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails which are sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. Known as the oldest such trails in the state, they attract literally tens of thousands of tourists (both in- and out-of-state) to take in the wonderful wildflower display. The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau is regularly updated by the Ennis Garden Club with respect to bloom status for each week throughout the month of April. In turn, the Ennis CVB keeps visitors informed in order that they might properly plan their tours of the area.

Planning Ahead

Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail in Ennis, The Official Bluebonnet City of Texas!
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Growing naturally, the bluebonnets will appear on diverse trails every year. Subsequently, the Ennis Garden Club will physically drive the trails in order to determine the best locates. They typically crest at approximately the third week in April, however, each year can vary due to weather conditions. Visitors are invited to check the Ennis website or call (972) 878-4748 prior to visiting. The Ennis CVB plans to be open seven days a week in the month of April and will be providing updated trail maps online as well as at their offices (late March and April). So if it’s bluebonnets you’re after, why not visit the place that’s officially recognized for them in this great state of ours? You’ll be glad you make the trek to “exceptional, exhilarating, exciting” Ennis!

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