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The Perfect Texas Hill Country Wildflower Day Trip

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We are entering wildflower season as temperatures warm across the Texas Hill Country. You’re probably already seeing some bluebonnets blooming along the highways, but we’re still a few weeks away from seeing peak blooms. If you’re considering this trip, I would suggest taking it towards the latter part of March or early April. You can view the detailed Google map here.

5. Round Rock

Bluebonnets at Palm Valley Lutheran in Round Rock, Tx.
Photo: Jason Weingart

Start in Round Rock. There are usually several fields along Highway 79 including Palm Valley Lutheran Church and Dell Diamond. North off of Highway 79 on A.W. Grimes Parkway, about one mile on the right, is a historic cemetery that is usually packed full of bluebonnets.

4. Fredericksburg

Photo: Facebook/Savannah Weingart

Fredericksburg is home to Wildseed Farms. The attraction is located on Highway 290 and has several large fields where wildflowers are grown to harvest seeds. During Spring, you can find fields of bluebonnets and red poppies here. The majority of fields are fenced off with no access, but there is a sizeable field in the middle of the complex where you are allowed to take photos in a mixture of wildflowers.

3. Willow City

Red poppy field at Wildseed Farms.
Photo: Flickr/Michael Bleyzer

Off Highway 16, between the towns of Fredericksburg and Llano, is the scenic Willow City Loop. This stretch of road traverses rolling hills and mountainous landscapes with excellent roadside bluebonnets. The caveat is that this is not a well-kept secret, so expect large crowds especially on the weekends. Also, the land off the road is private property, so respect the owner’s wishes and do not venture off the road.

2. Llano

Llano wildflower field
Photo: Jason Weingart

Llano always has great roadside wildflowers. West of town, Highway 71 runs northwest to the ghost town of Pontotoc. This stretch is always lined with wildflowers and has large shoulders for you to pull well off the road. Follow Highway 16 south to Baby Head Cemetery (explaining that name is a whole nother article) for an excellent mix of Indian paintbrush and Texas bluebonnets.

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