Bluebonnets grow between railroad tracks off RR 1431 near CR 302 outside Kingsland. The iconic Texas wildflower can be found almost anywhere you venture during springtime in the Kingsland area. Photo by Karla Held.
Wildflowers and bluebonnets engulf Kingsland every spring, giving us a nearly two-month window to enjoy their beauty. You can follow my wildflower tour of Kingsland beginning in Llano and heading toward Kingsland on Texas 29 and then south on RR 1431.
There's not much more of a Texan scene than bluebonnets and cactus growing together next to railroad tracks just off CR 321 outside Kingsland. Photo by Karla Held
Off RR 1431, stop at CR 321 and take a walk through an old bluebonnet-covered train track that ultimately leads back to RR 1431.
Continuing down the road, turn west on FM 3404 to “The Slab” and see wildflowers all along that road and on the banks of the Llano River. The Slab is also a good spot for a quick dip.
Wildflowers at Hoover's Valley Chapel on CR 116 just off Park Road 4 going toward Inks Lake State Park. Photo by Karla Held
You can continue your tour north to Inks Lake and Buchanan Dam via FM 2342 and then Park Road 4. Hoover's Valley Chapel and Cemetery offer undisturbed time with purple and yellow wildflowers.
Visitors to Inks Lake State Park can view a variety of wildflowers each spring. Photo by Karla Held
You can also enjoy various shades of color at Inks Lake State Park before heading up to Texas 29 for more spots along Lake Buchanan.
While looking to the ground for wildflowers, remember to catch the beautiful sunsets, too. The old Inks Lake Bridge perpendicular to Texas 29 is open to pedestrians and makes a great subject for photography. Photo by Karla Held
The sunsets on the Colorado River and Lake Buchanan are spectacular if your timing is right. This sunset was taken at the old Inks Lake Bridge between Buchanan Dam and Inks Lake.
Story by contributing writer Karla Held.
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