With COVID-19 almost in our rearview mirror (please, oh please), many locations are back to regular visiting hours while some are still erring on the side of caution. We will update this guide as quick as we can, but it’s best to check locations directly for the most current information.
Vibrant blue flowers popping up between blades of green grass is a sure sign of springtime in Texas. In Fort Worth, we are located within “the Bluebonnet Triangle.” If you imagine the area of Houston, San Antonio, and DFW as the corners and add in Hill Country, this is where the majority of bluebonnets in Texas grow.
Visiting bluebonnet patches is a great way to show out-of-state visitors how beautiful Texas is in the spring and capture a timeless photo-op of your children.
For several years, we’ve polled local moms about the best bluebonnet patches in Tarrant County. Those special spots are listed below and are typically at peak bloom around mid-April.
Ennis, Texas: Ennis is probably the most well-known place to see large areas covered by Texas’ state flower. In 1997, the State Legislature designated it the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.” Located about 60 miles southeast of Fort Worth, the drive is a pretty doable day trip. Given that they are known for widespread bluebonnet blankets, it’s easily the best bet for stunning displays. The town’s 40 miles of mapped Bluebonnet Trails sees about 100,000 visitors during the annual sightseeing event April 1-30. The trails are supported by the Ennis Garden Club, whose members regularly drive the trails and post the bloom status weekly, starting in April on the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau website. An update about the status of the trails will go up April 1. You can take the self-guided tour (click here to download the map) or stop by the Ennis Visitor Center (currently closed through May 1) to get a highlighted trail map and talk to someone about the best bluebonnet drive.
Willow Park, Texas: Located near a police and fire station are a few small fields known for a stellar bluebonnet crop — well off from the road where you can safely monitor your children. To get there, head west on I-20, take Exit 418 Willow Park/Ranch House, and turn right. Continue on Ranch House Road for about a mile, and then turn left at the police and fire station at W. Stagecoach Trail. Just past the station on your left will be a public play area perfect for toddlers. Surrounding the play area are some small, tree-scattered fields where the bluebonnets should be in their glory come mid-April. There are a couple of picnic tables too, so it really could make for a nice little, sunny picnic spot.
Texas Hill Country: Hill Country is also a known bluebonnet hotspot. Instead of spreading wide into fields as in Ennis, Hill Country bluebonnets and other wildflowers typically line roadways. And while it’s not possible to get out and be photographed in the wildflowers off the highways because of safety concerns, it sure provides some pleasurable springtime viewing for the whole family — from the safe confines of your automobile.
Benbrook YMCA/Dutch Branch Park Area: There are many fields located around the Benbrook YMCA and Dutch Branch Park off Highway 377, so this area is definitely worth a look if you want to stay closer to town. In recent years there were tons of bluebonnets by the nearby FWYSA soccer fields off of Winscott Road, where you can safely park in a parking lot and photograph your children far away from the road.
Another spot in Benbrook: Navigate your way to the back of the Chisholm Trail Dental off of Highway 377 (381 Mercedes St, Benbrook, Texas 76126) office for a surprising patch of plentiful bluebonnets among a somewhat rocky, picturesque terrain.
Grand Prairie: From Interstate 20 West, exit Highway 360 South. Continue on 360 South to Broad Street and take a left. Broad Street will become England Parkway as you enter the community of Mira Lagos. Continue on England Parkway until you come to Grand Peninsula, which will be a four-way stop. Turn left on Grand Peninsula and travel about a mile. The patches of bluebonnets will be on the left where they are building new houses. (Address for GPS: 2824 Mastil Drive, Grand Prairie, Texas 75054.)
Grapevine: From southbound Texas State Highway 121, take the Texan Trail exit. Bluebonnets have been sighted in the fields north of the frontage road, on the right before Main Street. Safe and easy to access, these fields lie behind the Toyota dealer, essentially at the Trinity Parkway and Hanover Drive intersection.
Mansfield: The Oliver Nature Park has an entire section that boasts wildflowers, but the bluebonnets are the star of the show.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT): There have been some sightings of bluebonnet patches at the BRIT, located on University Drive in Fort Worth.
Take Interstate 20 East to Texas 408 Spur: Bluebonnets are plentiful close to this area. There is a shoulder along Texas 408 Spur, if you feel it’s safe to pull over along there.
Texas Bluebonnets and Wildflowers: Follow this public group on Facebook and receive updates from follower-submitted sightings. These will be wildflower patches all over Texas, so you may not be inclined to pick up and hop in the car to any and all, however, it’s still fun to take a peek at some of the beautiful displays around our great state.
Around area lakes: One spot in particular that seems to stand out is a patch on High Road at Grapevine Lake in Flower Mound that features a narrow, rocky path that cuts through the bluebonnets, and looks to be quite a hidden gem of a location.
One more tip: To show even more Texas pride, consider wearing jeans with white or red shirts for boys or white or red dresses for girls, as both seem to be popular color scheme choices that contrast well with the blue.
If you are not interested in snapping your own shot, many local photographers offer mini sessions to capture that perfect bluebonnet pic. Check out the Fort Worth Moms’ “Guide to Fort Worth Area Photographers!”
Where are your family’s favorite places to take bluebonnet photos?