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5 Great Places in the Hill Country to See Bluebonnets in 2018

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Spring is right around the corner and that means it is almost time for our beloved state flower, Texas Bluebonnets, to cover the Hill Country’s landscapes. While the flowers do have the tendency to move around from year to year, there are hotspots that regularly have incredible displays.

Turkey Bend Recreation Area – Marble Falls
Turkey Bend Bluebonnets

Photo: Jason Weingart

Turkey Bend is nestled on a bend in the Colorado River. The field here was thick and hearty in 2017 and should be full of flowers again this year. There is a small admission fee. You can also camp under the stars next to a sea of bluebonnets at Turkey Bend.

Highway 16 – Fredericksburg to Llano
Willow City Loop

Photo: Jason Weingart

Highway 16 is an incredibly scenic drive through rolling hills, which makes for a nice day trip any time of year. The views are simply stunning during bluebonnet season with long stretches covered by bluebonnets and paintbrush.  Take a long detour through the Willow City Loop to see fantastic landscapes and wildflowers.

Wildseed Farms – Fredericksburg
Wildseed Farms

Photo: Jason Weingart

Wildseed Farms has acres of wildflowers. There is always a large field of red poppies and a giant bluebonnet field during the peak of bluebonnet season.

The fields are fenced off but there are usually multiple areas of wildflowers that are open for exploring. You can even find the lesser-seen pink, maroon, and white bluebonnets here. Admission is free.

Highway 29 – Burnet to Mason
Hill Country Bluebonnets

Photo: Jason Weingart

This stretch of the road through the Hill Country consistently has amazing wildflower displays. The roads are lined with color for most of the wildflower season. This is a dangerous Texas highway. Use extra caution when driving on this road and don’t get too distracted by the flowers.

The Bluebonnet House – Marble Falls
The Bluebonnet House

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