As the March sun warms the hillsides and washes along Texas Highways the native grasses begin to pop with color. See the first Texas wildflowers starting in early March close to the coast. Though for the most impressive displays head to the Texas Hill Country for the best wildflower viewing each year. Plan a road trip and discover the backroads and scenic byways covered in wildflowers. Here’s 15 places to find Texas Wildflowers this spring.
Texas Hill Country Wildflower Drives
Find the best wildflowers along the Texas highways and byways in the Texas Hill Country. Here’s some of the best highways to drive.
Texas State Highway 71
Another option west of Austin, Texas State Highway 71 is often covered in Texas wildflowers. Continue to U.S. Route 281, either north or south.
Texas State Highway 29
Headed west from Georgetown, take Texas Highway 29 to Burnet. Though you can continue west through Mason.
U.S. Route 290
Hit the highway and head west out of Austin on U.S. Route 290. Start in Dripping Springs and continue past LBJ National and State Parks all the way to Fredericksburg to find prime wildflower viewing.
Texas State Highway 16
Take Texas Highway 16 north out of Fredericksburg to Llano then turn back on Texas Highway 29.
U.S. Highway 87
South of Fredericksburg drive along U.S. 87 Highway to Comfort.
U.S. Highway 83
Drive up U.S. Highway 83 from Uvalde through Concan to Junction for wildflowers in far western Hill Country.
Texas State Highway 55
Another option out of Uvalde, Texas State Highway 55 heads west to Rocksprings.
And don’t forget the travel guide, like the Lonely Planet San Antonio, Austin and Texas Backcountry Road Trips.
Best State Parks in the Texas for Wildflowers
LBJ National and State Parks
Located near Johnson City, this pair of parks offers spectacular spring shows in the Hill Country. Visit the LBJ State Park first at 199 Park Rd. 52 in Stonewall to secure a driving permit to enter the LBJ National Historical Park. Located behind the state park. Free
Enchanted Road State Natural Area
Find wildflowers at the base of the 425-foot granite monolith.
Located at 16710 Ranch Rd. 965 in Fredericksburg. Adult admission (13+) is $7 and kids 12 and under are free. Camping available.
Blanco State Park
With wildflowers, a natural swimming area and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) buildings, find wildflowers along the banks of Blanco River.
Located at 101 Park Rd. 6026 in Blanco. Adult admission (13+) is $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Camping available.
Pedernales Falls State Park
Along the banks of the Pedernales River, find limestone outcroppings and spring wildflowers.
Located at 2585 Park Road 6026 in Johnson City. Adult admission (13+) is $6 and kids 12 and under are free. Camping available.
Guadalupe River State Park
Along the Guadalupe River, wildflowers intermingle with native trees.
Located at 3350 Park Rd 31 in Spring Branch. Adult admission (13+) is $7 and kids 12 and under are free. Camping available.
Garner State Park
In the shadow of Old Baldy, the highest point in Garner, find wildflowers. Also along the banks of the Frio River. Historic CCC buildings dot Garner State Park as well.
Located at 234 Ranch Road 1050 near Concan. Adult admission (13+) is $8 and kids 12 and under are free. Camping available.
Government Canyon State Park
Discover this rugged beauty and wildflowers along its 40 miles of trails. And it’s the recharge zone for San Antonio’s water system.
Located at 12861 Galm Rd. near San Antonio. Adult admission (13+) is $6 and kids 12 and under are free. Camping available.
From Friday, April 23th to Sunday, April 25th, Georgetown Red Poppy Festival turns the town red. Find 120 artisans around the downtown square also enjoy live music. There’s a cooking competition and parade to round out the weekend.
The 38th Annual Bluebonnet in Burnet starts Friday, April 9th and runs until Sunday, April 11th. Find live music, a small town parade, a 5k and even a car show.
Top Wildflowers in Texas
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, over 5,000 different species of wildflowers grow in Texas. Though many grow and flourish in the poor and rocky soils along the highways, not all do. Some flowers like the marshy areas down in ditches.
Texas Bluebonnet takes the top spot. And it doesn’t disappoint, even visitors to Texas know about our state flower. Kids and pets patiently pose for the iconic Texas family photo while 18-wheelers whiz by.
Indian Paintbrush forms a spectacular sight with bright red flowers when en masse.
Indian Blanket offers cheery faces with rings of red and deep yellow.
Pink Evening Primrose are some of the first flowers to peek in the Spring. Freely reseeding, find colonies all over Texas roadsides.
Plains Coreopsis or Tickseed, form colonies of yellow and maroon flowers.
Mexican Hat features a center that sticks out like a finger with petals of red or yellow.
Wine Cup sports single deep wine colored flowers covering sprawling plants.
Learn More About Wildflowers
“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson
Learn about wildflowers and native plants at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Lady Bird spent her life protecting the native plants and landscapes of Texas, and the U.S.
Lady Bird and Helen Hayes, the actress, founded the National Wildflower Research Center, later renamed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. With 280 acres south of Austin find over 900 native Texas species. And it’s a Texas State Botanic Garden and Arboretum by the Texas Legislature.
Open every day except major holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 4801 La Crosse Ave. in South Austin. Adult admission is $12 and kids 5 to 17 are $6. Reservations required for adults.
Plant Some Wildflowers
For all your wildflower seed, Texas’ own Wildseed Farms offers all the varieties and mixes. Also find native grass seed. Located at 100 Legacy Dr. in Fredericksburg.
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