Cruising The Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country after a rainy Spring comes alive with wildflowers on just about on every back road. Some areas are better than others to take in the flowers so I will try and highlight those areas on this page.

Wildflowers in BloomTo really enjoy the wildflowers and bluebonnets in bloom you just have to take the tour on a motorcycle. 

As you leave Kerrville head South on 16 across the Guadalupe River towards Medina.  When you reach Lower Turtle Creek Road ( FM 2771) take a left and after about a mile you will start to see the wildflowers on both the right and left side of the road. There are a few safe places to pull off and take pictures but please be careful and don't damage any of the plants or the property along the road. 

As you near the end of Lower Turtle Creek Road (FM 2771) you will see 173 South that will take you to Bandera. Most of the way along 173 you will see wildflower on both sides of the road. A nice side trip on the way down 173 is to stop are Camp Verde. Camp Verde was established in 1855 and the town of Camp Verde followed shortly thereafter. The military post was one of many situated to protect the Texas frontier. The community was subject to Indian attacks until after the Civil War as were other small towns along the frontier. Today the Camp Verde community consists of the Camp Verde store, the cemetery and the remains of the military post.

To the North, another excellent spot to view wildflowers in bloom are along Highway 290 from Fredericksburg all the way to Johnson City, Texas. Take most any side road off 290 and you will see many wildflowers in bloom. 

A must see while traveling 290 is to stop at Wildseed Farms. Wildseed Farms has more than 200 acres under cultivation. They produces 88 varieties of wildflower seeds, which are available individually and as regional mixes, specialty mixes or custom blends. You can buy wildflower seeds and pick up one of the farm's award-winning and extremely informative catalogs and take a tour by walking the trails. And for shopping and sipping, there's a gift shop and a Brewbonnet Biergarten

Further east on 290 is Johnson State Park where wildflowers put on a very good show most years. Along with the wildflowers on the ranch, you can take in some more rich history at Johnson State Park and LBJ Ranch. 

The road to Enchanted Rock also has many wildflowers along its route too, so this is a trip you may want to take as well.

If you are traveling to Kerrville I would suggest taking the long way back through Doss, Texas via 783. This route has yet to fail me when looking for wildflowers. We have more information on this route on our Fredericksburg Area page. 

For up to the minute reports on wildflower sightings, visit Wild About Texas Windflowers. They have an excellent forum which has current up-to-date reports on wildflowers all across Texas.  



Johnson State Park
Wildseed Farms







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