Get Ready for the Bluebonnet Trails
Bluebonnet season starts 1st week of April in Ennis. Two of the best blue bonnet trails we know about are in the city of Ennis, Texas and Brenham, Texas. But there are other places that have beautiful display of wild flowers.
In Ennis they strongly encourage visitors to call or visit the website listed below before your visit for the latest status each year, especially if driving long distances.Our flowers vary year to year, and the flowers peak at different times on each of our trails due to weather conditions, terrain, etc. SO please do check each year and feel free to call us before driving the trails. We will do our best to inform you of the best time to visit. Typically, for Ennis, the Ennis Garden Club says the 3rd week of April is usually the best week for viewing as the bluebonnets generally peak during this week in our area. Again, call us if you have any questions. 972-878-4748
MORE ABOUT ENNIS BLUEBONNET TRAILS!
Ennis was designated by the 1997 State Legislature as the home of the "Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail" and was designated the "Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.". From April 1-30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These trails are the oldest such trails known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the short trek to Ennis to view this wonderful wildflower show.
The Ennis Garden Club will drive the trails to check the bloom status each week starting in April. The Club then reports to the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau about the latest status of the bluebonnets so that visitors can be well informed where the best flowers are on the trails at the time of their visit. Each year, the bluebonnets will appear on different trails as these are natural to the area. In Ennis, the bluebonnets typically peak around the 3rd week of April, according to the Ennis Garden Club. This can vary year to year due to weather conditions.
Bring your tour groups (church, retirement, senior, etc) to Ennis to see the 40 miles of mapped bluebonnet trails. If you would like to experience our trails with a garden club expert guide, there is step-on guide service available with advanced reservations for $50.00, payable to the Ennis Garden Club. Tours are limited so sign up early. This is an approximately 2 hour tour and requires an empty seat for the guide on your bus, motorcoach, or van. For more information on this service and for fun sample itineraries for tour groups of what to see and do in Ennis, please contact the Ennis CVB at 972-878-4748. You many take a self guided tour for no charge. Stop by the Ennis Visitor Center to get your highlighted trail map and written instructions for the best bluebonnet drive.
Great picnic and playground areas: Special Note: These parks do not have bluebonnets in them and are not part of the trails.
BLUEBONNET PARK: From Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau, turn right (west) on W. Ennis Ave., turn left on Ennis Parkway and cross over the Hwy 287 Bypass. Turn left at stop sign and Bluebonnet Park is on the right.
LIONS PARK: From Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau, turn right and travel west on W. Ennis Ave., turn left on Hall St and Lions Park is on the right, corner of Hall Street and Lampasas Street.
Interested in staying overnight in Ennis? Ennis has an excellent choice of accommodations to fit your needs. See hotels tab on the home page of our website for a list of our local hotels.
Make it a fun night or weekend in Ennis...eat, shop, take a tour through the Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum, enjoy racing at the 85 Speedway or the Texas Motorplex, catch a live play at the Ennis Public Theatre or catch a double feature at the Galaxy Drive-in Theatre! Visit Ennis..we'll put a smile in your heart!
Phone 972-878-4748, www.visitennis.org/bluebonnet.htm
For the latest information on Texas Wildflower sightings, please visit www.txdot.gov or call 1-800-452-9292.
Don't forget to enter our 13th Annual Bloomin' Bluebonnet Photo contest. Go to visitennis.org then attractions tab to get photo contest form. Special Note: Highview Park at Lake Bardwell is not open for bluebonnet visitors this season.
A great side trip to include in your Ennis Blue Bonnet Trail would be to shop by the Sugar Ridge Winery in Bristol Texas.
Brenham Texas Bluebonnet Trails
Popular roads in Washington County for spotting bluebonnets between mid-March through mid-April are indicated by a dotted blue line in our Visitor Guide and are as follows:
- Hwy 105 East from Brenham to Washington-on-the-Brazos (WOB)
- FM 1155 from WOB to Chappell Hill
- Hwy 290 West from Brenham to Burton
- FM 389 and FM 2502 from Brenham or Burton, through Greenvine
- FM 390 from Burton to Independence and connecting to Hwy 105 halfway between Brenham & WOB
- FM 50 from Independence to Brenham
And along Hwy 290 East & West and Hwy 36 North and South from Brenham along the highway and in the median - JUST BE CAREFUL!
If you drive a loop so that you start and end in Brenham and never backtrack (example above), you'll drive approximately 80 miles (compliments of Google Maps). Of course there are many more roads in Washington County where wildflowers grow, but these seem to be the most popular and easily accessible.
A great side trip on your Brenham Blue Bonnet Trail would be a visit to the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory.
Blue Bell Creamery, Breham, Texas
Tours are Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., as needed on a first come, first served basis. No weekend tours. Parking is limited. Admission costs (includes a serving of Blue Bell Ice Cream):
General Admission $6.00
Senior Citizens (55+) and Children (6 to 14) $4.00
Groups of 15 or more must have a reservation Sept. through May
No group reservations June thru August.
Tours last 45 minutes and include a serving of ice cream. Please check with hostess upon arrival.No cameras permitted on tour. Closed most holidays. Tour schedule may vary October - February.
To purchase tickets online click here.
Blue Bell Country Store, Parlor & Visitor Center
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday and most holidays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
No tours on weekends and most holidays.
1101 South Blue Bell Road Brenham, Texas 77833
From Houston: Take Highway 290 West approximately 72 miles, turn right on Loop 577 which becomes Blue Bell Road, go approximately 2 miles and we are on the right.
From Austin: Take Highway 290 East approximately 90 miles, turn left on Loop 577 which becomes Blue Bell Road, go approximately 2 miles and we are on the right.
This is a great website for blue bonnet sigtings http://www.bluebonnetlove.com/
Blue Bonnet Trail Maps
Warning to Parents and Bluebonnet Lovers
Please be aware that people are not the only living things that like Blue Bonnets. Be sure to check the spot out before letting anyone sit down and pose for photos. You might want to carry a golf club or large stick with you just in case. Don't kill the snake! Normally once a rattler hears your footsteps he will try his best to avoid you! But, on occasion, I have encountered aggressive rattlers. In that case defend yourself as best you can!