April is that magnificent month when you see bluebonnets blanket the fields, pop up in parks, and dot roadways in every corner of Texas.
Following are some areas in Dallas-Fort Worth where folks have reported beautiful bluebonnets already, or where they're reliable for gorgeous photos every spring.
In addition to bluebonnets, you will also see other beautiful flowers blooming such as Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket, evening primrose, Mexican hat, anemone, redbud trees, Mexican plum, elbow bush, and coreopsis. Texas is painted with many beautiful colors throughout this spring season.
Dallas-Fort Worth roadsides and fields
Each year, bluebonnets paint the landscape along highways 635, 183, 121, 114 and roadside fields near DFW Airport. There's a patch on a hill off 114 at Solana Boulevard in the Trophy Club/Westlake area that's become popular for family photos.
Pretty patches also pop up north of Dallas proper. One favorite is near the J.C. Penney headquarters on Legacy Drive and another one is around Zion Cemetery in Frisco/Little Elm off 423.
The Tarrant County College South Campus has patches proving popular for photos. Bonus is that you can park right there on campus, not on the side of a highway. Find it at 5301 Campus Dr, Fort Worth, 76119.
Glen Rose is a popular day trip from DFW; if you're heading toward Dinosaur Valley State Park or Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, look for bluebonnets along highway 67 and along county roads and rugged hills.
Parks and trails
The Native Texas Park, a 15-acre urban park on the grounds of George W. Bush Presidential Library at SMU, features a one-mile network of trails that walks visitors through native Texas environments, including spring wildflowers.
Plano's Bluebonnet Trail Greenbelt is popping with blooms. Bluebonnet Trail runs from Central Expressway to Midway Road, following an Oncor power line easement and along Spring Creek Parkway and Chase Oaks Boulevard; it intersects with the Chisholm Trail in the middle of Plano and connects with the Preston Ridge Trail at Carpenter Park.
Cedar Hill State Park is bursting with color this time of year. The best bluebonnets at the moment are along the mountain bike trails, with more in other areas popping up as well.
Ennis Bluebonnet Trails, running throughout the month of April, wind visitors through 40 miles of picturesque wildflowers. All indications are that they'll peak around the third weekend of the month, which coincides with the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival, April 16-18. The festival includes food, shopping, art and live music.
Many Dallas parks have "no mow" wildflower areas, where colorful flowers dot pathways and fill fields in spring. According to the Dallas Park & Recreation website, parks with wildflower areas include: Flagpole Hill, Harry Moss Park, Bachman, Grauwyler, Kessler Parkway, Gateway, and many more.
Tandy Hills Hills Natural Area is a 160-acre indigenous prairie remnant east of downtown Fort Worth that's bursting with spring wildflowers. They regularly update their website with what's blooming and host some special events.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden says lots of bluebonnets are in bloom throughout the garden, with many in the Rock Springs area, especially.
Rules of the road
- Remember that while it isn’t illegal to pick the blooms, it is bad form. Leave them for others to enjoy and so the flowers can go to seed and make more for next year.
- By the same token, minimize trampling of the plants, as crushing them repeatedly (by, say, sitting on them) can destroy the flowers. Try to walk in other people's footprints in a field.
- Be aware that fields can also contain fire ants and the occasional snake. Be careful if walking through grass where it’s not possible to see where you’re stepping.
- Pulling over on the side of a highway for photos is never recommended. Find a nearby parking lot.
- Also, remember the "groups" rule. If you approach a pretty patch and another family is taking photos, ride on by.
- Finally, be respectful of private property — no climbing fences, going through gates, or driving up driveways to get that photo. You might get a less-than-warm welcome.
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