2. The Dripping Springs Ranch Park
– the DSRP, with its gentle and meandering trails are the perfect place to take in the gorgeous Hill Country scenery and admire the Bluebonnets, Fire Wheels, and all the other native beauties. Follow the little over mile trail loop through the meadows to take a peak at all of the blooms.
3. As you drive down Highway 290, there will be a bunch of show-stoppers right along the road. This is a great place to get a drive-by view of the wildflowers, but it might not be the safest place to stop. There are a few places, especially near Austin Java and Skull Cakebones that are known for Bluebonnet abundance and are relatively safe places to stop for a family picture. As you drive west of Dripping Springs, the wildflower diversity really abounds - discover Indian Paintbrushes, Clasping Cone Flowers and a myriad of other brighly colored flowers. As always, use your best judgement if you do decide to pull the car over on this busy stretch of the highway.
4. Founders Park – Stop by the historic homestead, the Dr. Pound Farmstead, and then follow the trail that will be soon dotted with early bloomers. The Indian Paintbrushes often blanket the prairie with their gorgeous displays of red, coral, and pinks.
5. The DSYSA Soccer Fields also known as the Sports and Rec Park off of Sports Park Road – most of the year, the kids are occupying the sports fields, this time of year, it’s a great way to view some of the show-stopping flowers, and flowering trees. The sports park also has a trail that you can follow around the fields where you can take in some of the 2,700 Texas wildflowers.
6. Charro Ranch Park
- The 64 acre park was donated to the City of Dripping Springs by Lucy Reed Hibberd in December of 2008 after being in her family for about 50 years. Mrs. Hibberd developed trails, created areas for reflection, and installed signs identifying tree species. During the spring and summer months, the easy walk through the meadow will lend itself to a delightful display of yellow, oranges, purples and pinks.
After the bluebonnets have played out, keep your eyes peeled for bright yellow Coreopsis, Prairie Verbena, and the Pink Evening Primrose all Spring and Summer.
Just remember while you are out and about exploring springtime in the Texas Hill Country, please don’t trespass onto private property. While it is so tempting to get the picture-perfect image, please be respectful of our neighbors. Also, keep your eyes peeled for any creepy-crawlies that live in the blooms like the infamous diamond back rattlesnake. Enjoy this epic wildflower season, which according to some will be the best in 10 years. And, make sure to share your photos with us using the hashtag #DSTX. Happy trails, friends!