A rite of passage for any Texan is family pictures within a patch of vibrant bluebonnets. Everyone wants to know the best places to see bluebonnets in the Dallas area. My best-kept secret? The Official Bluebonnet City of Ennis, Texas, which features famous bluebonnets and over 40 miles of drivable bluebonnet trails. Lucky for us, Ennis is a quick 45-minute drive from Dallas.
The Ennis bluebonnets bloom throughout the month of April. Look for 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:
1. West Trail
West Trail has the most parks and was my preference for photo opportunities. Here are the best parks for photo opportunities and restrooms or port-a-potties if you need them.
Mom Tip: Stop by the Ennis visitor center to pick up a map (where you’ll see all these trails and parks) and watch a video on the best viewing areas for the day. There are clean bathrooms!
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 backdrop 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 several 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
A 47-acre park noted as a must-see for spring bluebonnets, great for the kids with a playground area, covered pavilion, restroom facilities, 3/4-mile walking path, and smaller lake view.
Ennis Veterans Memorial Park, 2301 Ennis Parkway
A 19-acre park with a tribute to local war veterans honoring those who fought and served our country. This is an athletic complex with a paved 1/4-mile walking path through wooded areas plus restroom facilities, picnic tables, and a playground. For more information visit the Veterans Park website.
Kachina Prairie, 1816 W. Baldridge St.
Noted as an Ennis treasure of 30 acres of “never- plowed” natural prairie.
2. North Trail
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 wines. You can visit their website for more information.
3. South Trail
South Trail is made up of mostly scenic rural driving and is a fantastic way to see Texas at its finest!
How to Spend a Day at the Ennis Bluebonnets Trails
Bluebonnet Trails Festival
Mid-April, visit the Bluebonnet Trails festival for live music, pop up shops, and crafts. Admission is typically $5.00 for adults and purchased at the gate.
Historic Downtown Ennis
You’ll adore the city of Ennis for its historical charm. I grew up in Ennis, and it’s 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 free “Ennis Y’all!” app.
You’ll get a trail map, food, shopping, lodging, events, and things to do!
Forget something at home? Or want bluebonnet souvenirs? Buc-ee’s is perfect for snacks or a pulled pork BBQ sandwich, souvenir bluebonnet swag, and gifts. It’s and a fun travel experience for the whole family. Before you go, check out our Buc-ee’s favorites!
Ennis 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 don’t trespass on private property.
- Check for dangerous critters! Snakes and other animals can lurk in dense bluebonnets, which provide shelter. Watch for 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.
- The best time for photos always depends, but I like to shoot in morning light or on an overcast day. And, of course, the golden hour (~6pm) keeps the bright sunshine out of your eyes and delivers a perfect glow. But don’t stress! Gathering family members for a bluebonnet adventure is lovely at any time and gives you memories to last a lifetime.
Thanks so much for watching my video and reading my article on where to take bluebonnet pictures in DFW! Let us know what made your Ennis bluebonnet trip special! Connect with us on Instagram @collincountymoms and @socialwithsarah_