A Texan right of passage is family pictures within a patch of vibrant bluebonnets. Families of all ages search for the best place to see bluebonnets. My best-kept secret? The Official Bluebonnet City of Ennis, Texas, which features the famous bluebonnets with over 40 miles of drivable bluebonnet trails. Bluebonnets are in peak season the entire month of April, giving you many options to travel the bluebonnet trails and grab those elusive bluebonnet pictures. Best yet, Ennis is a quick 45-minute drive from Dallas.
The Ennis bluebonnets bloom throughout the month of April. The 40 miles of Bluebonnet Trails are sponsored by The Ennis Garden Club. There are three marked trails: West Trail, South Trail, and North Trail. Download driving directions here
Let’s break the Ennis Bluebonnets tour down trail by trail:
West Trail has the most parks and was my preference for photo opportunities!
West Trail’s parks to visit: Parks listed on the visitors map to checkout for photo opportunities and restrooms or port-a-potties.
- Meadow View Nature Area on Bardwell Lake, 2379 Laneview. Noted as a seasonal park and open to car traffic April 1-30 from 8am-8pm. This was our favorite location with plenty of space, beautiful bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush blooms, and truly the perfect location for family pictures, exploring, picnics, painting, and even kite flying if it’s windy enough! There are picnic tables, a gorgeous view of the lake, and so much open space to explore and relax. We saw many professional photographers out taking pictures at this location. The wide-open space made it easy to find uninhibited views for photos. There were fairly clean port-a-potties at the time of our trip.
- Bluebonnet Park, 201 S. Hwy 287. 47-acre park, great for the kids with a playground area, covered pavilion, noted as a must-see for spring bluebonnets with restroom facilities, 3/4-mile walking path, and smaller lake view.
- Ennis Veterans Memorial Park, 2301 Ennis Parkway. 19-acre park with a tribute to local war veterans honoring those who fought and served our country. This is an athletic complex with paved 1/4-mile walking path through wooded areas, restroom facilities, picnic tables, and a playground. For more information visit Veterans Park website.
- Kachina Prairie, 1816 W. Baldridge St. Noted as an Ennis treasure of 30 acres of ‘never- plowed’ nature prairie.
North Trail has pastures with bluebonnet fields; you may even spot some horses and cattle. There is also a family-owned winery, Sugar Ridge Winery. They offer tours and tastings of their winery. You can visit their website for more information.
South Trail is made up of mostly scenic rural driving and is a fantastic look of Texas at its finest!
Mom Tip: Stop by the Ennis visitor center to pick up a map and watch a video on best viewing areas for the day. There are clean bathrooms!
A Day at the Ennis Bluebonnets Trails
Bluebonnet Trail Festival: Mid-April, visit the Bluebonnet Trails festival (April 16-18, 2021) for live music, pop up shops, and crafts. Admission is $5.00 for adults and purchased at the gate.
Historical Downtown: You will adore the city of Ennis for its historical charm. I grew up in Ennis and it is fun to walk down memory lane with my son and point out little areas I enjoyed and now have the opportunity to share with him!
Download the app called “Ennis Y’all!” in the App Store for free; you’ll get a trail map, food, shopping, lodging, events and things to do!
Stop at Buc-ees Ennis Gas Station and Travel Center: 1181 Creechville Rd Ennis TX 75119. Forget something at home? Or want bluebonnet souvenirs? Perfect for snacks or a pulled pork bbq sandwhich lunch, souvenir bluebonnet swag, gifts, and a fun travel experience for the whole family.
Bluebonnet Trails Tips
-Don’t pull over on the side of the highway to take photos; this can be dangerous with oncoming cars and blind spots. Take photos at the designated parks where there are picture-perfect opportunities for your precious photos, and do not trespass on private property.
-Check for dangerous critters! Snakes and other animals can lurk in dense bluebonnets, which provides shelter. Beware of bugs and fire ants.
-Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a blanket to sit in the bluebonnets for your photos.
-Bluebonnets are the State Flower of Texas. Please don’t step on them!
-Don’t litter! Make sure to clean up after your picnic.
-Best time for photos always depends, but I shoot for the morning light, or a day with overcast weather, and of course the golden hour 6pm onward to keep the bright sunshine out of your eyes for the perfect glow. However, don’t stress! Gathering family members for a bluebonnet adventure is worth memories to last a lifetime.
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