You won’t want to miss the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails when you visit Texas in late March through April!
Your first stop “should be” an educational visit at the Ennis Convention & Visitors Bureau so you can pick up a map! If you scour the internet for the Bluebonnet Trails referenced street guide of the blooms, chances are you won’t find the map. So, I made one!
While I parked myself before the desk at the visitor’s center asking questions and looking for a trail map, the friendly assistant shared with me they prefer guests stop in to pick up the actual Bluebonnet Trails Map from them!
The reason made sense.
While daily changes occur from pastures to meadows the coverage can be sprinkled, widespread or utterly populated so far as your eyes can see. And since they change day-to-day the Park’s employees report back as to which trails are in best bloom for people anxious to see the very best.
She highlighted the North Trail and away we went!
Before I left I took a quick picture of Fred & Ethel…
Anticipation glides through your thoughts with hopes of spotting as many bluebonnets as possible when you hit the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails. Along your journey to explore their beauty a sudden espy crowds into your range of what Texas lifestyle is all about.
For my visit this year Chris (my nephew) and I had not even landed at the downtown Ennis Visitor’s Center yet when we pulled over on Highway 287 to enjoy these Texas Longhorns grazing and gazing back at us.
With every mile and every moo, bluebonnets were everywhere! Woohoo!
Still in search of the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails ~ “before the map” ~ and along Highway 287 from Waxahachie, eye-popping blue florals and Indian Paint Brushes glazed chromatically just as we entered the boundaries of this quaint Texas town. Pulling off toward the right and up a hill we entered Bluebonnet Park which is part of the West Trails.
The park rests peacefully next to Bardwell Lake (great for fishing) with picnic gazebos, park benches, play areas, walking trails, softball fields and good ole’ restroom facilities. This is an excellent afternoon hangout for families or anyone wanting to take photos!
I wanted to create a painting from one of the picnic gazebos since it was such a serene and secluded section of the park. The bluebonnets bounced around the grass and covered fields beyond.
Here is the original photo:
At last we entered Ennis, enjoyed the downtown area and merrily snagged our map for the day. Finally!!
Following along the North Trail we made our way to Sugar Ridge Road.
If you look beyond the blues of the blossoms….
Expect more and savor the 3-hour drive!
As we spun up a hill and from a distance we thought a small herd of Clydesdale Horses were cheering their way toward the fence line as we came to a gentle halt in my Mountaineer; hopping out slowly not to scare them away. Apparently people trekking their way up to pet them was no strange experience for them; they loved it!
A couple of ladies stood next to us in awe and explained these were instead Belgian Draft Horses! Once home I did a little research and learned these massive animals are among the strongest of draft horses where their heritage in life had them pulling heavy plows or carts with their powerful natural abilities.
Enjoying our petting spree and photo opp, I really wished I could have taken a ride on one where the bluebonnets blossomed and the sun was perfectly splashing across the hills and ponds.
These amazing horses put on quite the show for us!
Now this was a prime and popular spot along the trails! Yep, there were loads of vehicles and yet everyone had patience and manners allowing individuals to roam the roadside and shoot family photos or scenic pleasures!
We spent quite a bit of time here where everywhere you turned was an amazing country scene to include in our memoirs!
And the drive drove on….
Passing by this Harley Barn and farm while photographing like crazy on Sugar Ridge Road made me add a….
“Note To Self”: Next year do this on a Harley!
Just another example of what your eyes will smoke out along the route!
Snapping around 356 pictures on this gorgeous April 4th, 2017 sunny clear day, it was hard to resist moments stomping around within the pastures filled with the famous Bluebonnets of Texas! The fields are alive with blue and purple hues during late March and most of April each year.
It’s a photographer’s and painters haven!
While the sun was getting close to setting we made our way back to the popular Texas town!
While you might want to visit Ennis for their Bluebonnet Trails, nearby Texas Motorplex, Ennis Farmers Market, the Bluebonnet Fest, Red White & Bike Parade or their National Polka Festival you are most likely to spend a night or two, right?
Texas Historical Landmark
Member of the Texas Bed & Breakfast Association
My choice is to unpack my duffels and secure a cozy stay at Moore Ventura Bed & Breakfast. Just stepping your first foot on the porch persuades you to stick around for more of all they offer beyond that cushy bed! 1905 was the building year for this outstanding Neoclassical Revival home.
Start the morning with an elegant experience including a 2-course gourmet breakfast selection along with sipping the local based “Buna Bean” coffee. You may never leave the house once you discover its country charm throughout the garden, patios, kitchen, reading room and opulent Victorian clawfoot bathtub!
Here’s a nice view of a befitting casual patio and garden area just off the main entrance deck of Moore Ventura Bed & Breakfast. I truly believe if you stay here a couple of nights you’ll feel the rewards of a well deserved escape from a normal day’s journey in life!
The garden is perfectly maintained and calls your name to come sit quietly and enjoy the silence!
This sums up a long beautiful day where memoirs will sway and waltz forever as a Texas milepost calls our names to return and do this again!
Proof why we love bluebonnets:
There are songs and poems written about these appetizing wildflowers, Indian lore called the flower a gift from the Great Spirit, there are popular festivals and fair events celebrating the blossom, families and couples spend hours finding the right roadside spot to create memoirs through their cameras, pet lovers sprawl inches away from their furry critters to take their photos, gift shops and boutiques adorn their outlet with garments and souvenirs for us to lavish and show off and finally, of course, it just makes for a beautiful scenic drive no matter where you are in Texas!
And thanks to Lady Bird Johnson, lush and ornate blossoms are abundant along the highways and byways of The Lone Star State!
Oh and one more thing…
Did you know bluebonnets are part of the pea family?
But beware, they can be quite toxic to humans.
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Quote Of The Day:
“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block