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Texas wildflowers turn scenic drives in the country into artistic expressions of nature that call you to stop, enjoy, and photograph. Locals and tourists alike love driving the wildflower trails with their mixtures of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, prairie verbena, and other native blooms along the roadways. The experience is more than visual. You can smell the perfume of spring in the air and feel the world coming to life around you. It is uplifting and renewing.

Bluebonnets begin to bloom in the Highland Lakes region of the Hill Country in late February. They remain in bloom into April, peaking in late March or early April.

Wildflowers in the yellow, orange, and red families bloom all spring and into the summer. This handy guide can help you identify some of the amazing wildflowers found in the Hill Country and the Highland Lakes.

Explore the backroads of the Highland Lakes to see the charming roadsides abloom. Take a scenic drive or challenge yourself to Hill Country cycling for an up-close and personal look at the colors of nature.

Our Highland Lakes Hiking Guide has the lowdown on some great parks in which to see the wildflowers in full bloom. We recommend visiting Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood to get lost in a sea of bluebonnets.

For lovers of nature and history, the LBJ Ranch at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is awash with wildflowers each spring as well.

And, of course, we can’t forget about Burnet’s annual Bluebonnet Festival, also known as the “Most Exciting Small-Town Festival in Texas.”

The Highland Lakes is the place to see Texas highways at their best. Travel the roads through Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, Kingsland, Burnet, Llano, and around Lake Buchanan for the best display of Texas wildflowers in the state.

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