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Ennis' Bluebonnet Trails: a Texas tradition

Posted 9:32pm on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013

Texas and bluebonnets go together like cowboys and boots. One of the best places to view bluebonnets near DFW is just a short drive south, near Ennis, Texas.

The Ennis Garden Club sponsors the Bluebonnet Trails each April. The mapped driving “trails” are composed of about 45 miles of road meant to maximize bluebonnet-viewing opportunities. We visited the bluebonnet trails on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 21. The first day we took the "North" trail, which eventually led us to a hilly, narrow, winding roadway that is just beautiful when the bluebonnets are in bloom. Cars lined the road as people stopped to photograph the flowers.

On the second trip, we took the "South" trail. This trail had a completely different feel to it. There weren't as many people, but there were huge open fields covered with bluebonnets. We occasionally passed a car or two that had pulled over for photographs.

There is also a "West" trail to explore. According to the Ennis Garden Club, the bluebonnets typically peak the third week of April. It may be getting too late in the season to see bunches of the flowers so it would be a good idea to check with http://visitennis.org/Festivals/Bluebonnet_Trails.html for the latest info before driving down. The website also offers a downloadable map of the trails.

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