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Route for Best Texas Wildflowers with Identification Guide
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Why Drive to See Texas Wildflowers?
Wildflowers in Texas are spectacular and this spring has one of the most fantastic displays in a long time. Wherever you go on a drive, you are likely to see lovely Bluebonnets, orange Indian Paintbrush, pink Evening Primrose, and Yellow Composite Daisies.
Over the past 20 years of living in Texas, we've enjoyed the annual displays of the flowers planted along the roadsides, a brainchild of Ladybird Johnson, who sought to save money in mowing and protect the natural habitats as well as create a beautiful Spring and Summer display.
Willow City Loop Wildflowers
One of the best places to view Texas wildflowers is Willow City Loop. You'll find the loop off of Highway 16 between Fredericksburg and Llano. The loop starts and ends at Highway 16 and is on the left as you come South on Highway 16 from Llano. Going north from Fredericksburg, you will see it as Farm Road 1323 off of Highway 16 on the right. It is not marked, so you will have to look carefully, but you may see many cars and even some motorcycle groups (the "driving for a look at wildflowers" type of motorcycle groups) heading off in that direction.
Highway 16 between Llano and Fredericksburg
Best Wildflowers in Texas
Every year, our family goes out on a wildflower drive and we were anticipating this year's road trip down to San Antonio since we knew that good rains would probably bring out a great display. My husband had checked the wildflower websites to see where to go, but we actually stumbled upon a wildflower display which went far beyond anything we'd ever seen before in our lives.
Which Texas Wildflower is your favorite?
Video of Texas Wildflowers
Locals Help You Find Wildflowers
We would have missed the Loop if we hadn't been helped by a local lady. We found it completely by accident. My husband is a biologist and he really wanted to see some of the small flowers up close. So we turned off at Farm Road 1323 just to park by the road and have a look.
A very nice local lady in a large red Suburban asked us if we were looking for "the Loop." We asked her what that was. She said it was a wildflower drive. Uncertain we wanted to veer off the highway because we did have a long drive ahead of us on the way home, we weren't sure if we should take it. If you take a look at these photos, I think you'll understand why we weren'tdisappointed! Do you have another favorite wildflower drive? I'd love to have you tell us where to go in the comments!