Ennis Bluebonnet Trails- April 1-30
Bluebonnet Season is officially over for 2013! See you in 2014!
Thank you for attending the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails!
Trail signs are being taken down May 20 per Ennis Garden Club
On map below, the darker lines with arrows reflect current best trails. Please follow for best viewing. Use driving directions with the map!
Special Note: Meadow View Nature Area is NOW CLOSED for this season!
The west trail has been taken off. Please drive both south trails and north trail for best viewing!
CLICK BELOW FOR TRAIL MAP FOR
May 17-19, 2013
Above photo was taken 5-9-13 on Valek Road on South Trail
Above photo taken 5-9-13 on Hornik Road on South Trail
Above photo taken on Sugar Ridge Road on 5-9-13 on North Trail.
For photos of the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails for the 2013 season, please go to the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook page! There is a link on the home page.
We want to see your bluebonnet photos!
Find Ennis Garden Club on Facebook, too
for more bluebonnet info, too!
PLACES TO TAKE PICTURES IN THE BLUEBONNETS-SEE BELOW:
Sugar Ridge Road (on North Trail)- 13 acre open field on the left by hard curve (a few flowers left for pictures)
CLICK BELOW FOR DIRECTIONS TO ENNIS PARKS:
Meadow View Nature area is now closed for the season of 2013.
CLICK BELOW FOR ENNIS PARKS
Like and follow Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau on Facebook and Twitter to keep posted on pictures of the bluebonnets and the latest status.
Click below for Bloomin' Bluebonnet Photo Contest Form!
HOURS OF OPERATION: The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau has resumed regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8 am-5 pm.
Thank you for attending the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival! See you next year for the 2014 Festival, held 2nd weekend in April due to Easter being on the 3rd Weekend!
Thank you Sponsors:
Ennis Arts Commission,
Ennis Garden Club, Buna Bean, and Ennis Ford!
JOIN US MAY 24-26, 2013 FOR THE NATIONAL POLKA FESTIVAL!!!! FUN! FUN!
Ennis was designated the Official Bluebonnet City and Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas by the 1997 Texas Legislature!
Go to www.texasbluebonnetsightings for flower information across the state. Texasbluebonnetsightings will not be issuing any more reports for this season of 2013.
Please join and "like" Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau's Facebook page (link on home page).
Pets are welcome at the festival (must be on a leash)
Follow Ennis CVB @VisitEnnis on TWITTER!
Any questions, contact Ennis CVB 972-878-4748
Celebrating 62 Years of Ennis Bluebonnet Trails!
Bluebonnet season usually starts 1st week of April in Ennis, but can start earlier due to weather conditions, etc. We strongly encourage visitors to call or visit this website before your visit for the latest status each year, especially if driving long distances. Our flowers vary year to year, and the flowers peak at different times on each of our trails due to weather conditions, terrain, etc. SO please do check each year and feel free to call us before driving the trails. We will do our best to inform you of the best time to visit. Typically, for Ennis, the Ennis Garden Club says the 3rd week of April is usually the best week for viewing as the bluebonnets generally peak during this week in our area. Every year is different so please check this website or call before your visit. Again, call us if you have any questions. 972-878-4748. Starting on April 1 and earlier if blooms start appearing, we will be updating this website with the latest status. You may download a trail map and written instructions before your drive on the trails!
THANK YOU FOR VIEWING OUR BLUEBONNETS HERE IN ENNIS! PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY, AND PLEASE RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY.
Refresh this page often as it changes daily.
MORE ABOUT ENNIS BLUEBONNET TRAILS!
Ennis was designated by the 1997 State Legislature as the home of the "Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail" and was designated the "Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.". From April 1-30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These trails are the oldest such trails known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the short trek to Ennis to view this wonderful wildflower show. The Ennis Garden Club will drive the trails to check the bloom status each week starting in April. The Club then reports to the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau about the latest status of the bluebonnets so that visitors can be well informed where the best flowers are on the trails at the time of their visit. Each year, the bluebonnets will appear on different trails as these are natural to the area. In Ennis, the bluebonnets typically peak around the 3rd week of April, according to the Ennis Garden Club. This can vary year to year due to weather conditions. Bring your tour groups (church, retirement, senior, etc) to Ennis to see the 40 miles of mapped bluebonnet trails. If you would like to experience our trails with a garden club expert guide, there is step-on guide service available with advanced reservations for $50.00, payable to the Ennis Garden Club. Tours are limited so sign up early. This is an approximately 2 hour tour and requires an empty seat for the guide on your bus, motorcoach, or van. For more information on this service and for fun sample itineraries for tour groups of what to see and do in Ennis, please contact the Ennis CVB at 972-878-4748. You many take a self guided tour for no charge. Stop by the Ennis Visitor Center to get your highlighted trail map and written instructions for the best bluebonnet drive. During festival weekend, the trail maps are ONLY available at the Ennis Garden Club Headquarter Tent, located on NW Main. Any other time, please pick them up at our Ennis Visitor Center or download one from this page.
Please call or email or check the info on the website before driving long distances to get the latest bluebonnet status. email: email@example.com; 972-878-4748 (metro) or toll free 1-888-366-4748. For the status of the wildflowers for the entire state of Texas, please contact the Texas Dept. of Transportation Wildflower Hotline at 1-800-452-9292 or visit the Texas Dept. of Transportation website at www.txdot.gov.
Great picnic and playground areas: Special Note: The Bluebonnet Park, Ennis Veterans Memorial Park, and the Lions Park do not have bluebonnets in them and are not part of the trails.
BLUEBONNET PARK: From Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau, turn right (west) on W. Ennis Ave., turn left on Ennis Parkway and cross over the Hwy 287 Bypass. Turn left at stop sign and Bluebonnet Park is on the right.
LIONS PARK: From Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau, turn right and travel west on W. Ennis Ave., turn left on Hall St and Lions Park is on the right, corner of Hall Street and Lampasas Street.
ENNIS VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK, 2301 Ennis Parkway, Ennis, Texas: From Ennis CVB, travel west on Ennis Ave, turn left on Ennis Parkway...Ennis Veterans Memorial Park is on the left.
HIGHVIEW PARK at Lake Bardwell: You may use the park but there will be a $4 fee per carload.
LAKE CLARK PARK located at the far west end of Baldridge Street, is a wonderful place to have a picnic and to fish. It also has a small playground area, and is a nice play to walk with a lake view.
LOVE PARK at Lake Bardwell is located off of Hwy 34-Lake Bardwell Drive. Coming from Ennis toward Lake Bardwell, it is the first left as you cross under the 287 bypass on Lakeview Dr. Turn left on Lakeview and follow about 2 miles until you reach Love Park.
Meadow View Nature Area (OLD Bluebonnet City Park) on Laneview Drive is NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON OF 2013.
Interested in staying overnight in Ennis? Ennis has an excellent choice of accommodations to fit your needs. See hotels tab on the home page of our website for a list of our local hotels. Ask for the bluebonnet special!
Make it a fun night or weekend in Ennis...eat, shop, take a tour through the Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum, enjoy racing at the 85 Speedway or the Texas Motorplex, catch a live play at the Ennis Public Theatre or catch a double feature at the Galaxy Drive-in Theatre! Visit Ennis..we'll put a smile in your heart!
For the latest information on Texas Wildflower sightings, please visit www.txdot.gov or call 1-800-452-9292.