Best Places to See Bluebonnets in and Around Marble Falls

Feb 3, 2020

Visitors come from near and far to take in breathtaking views of the striking Texas bluebonnet, the Lone Star State flower. These beautiful wildflowers blanket rolling hills and valleys. Other larger varieties grow much taller but in sporadic locations. The great news is that after a few drier seasons that yielded a smaller showing, the plentiful rains last year and this winter suggest that an explosion of blue is coming during the spring in and around Marble Falls.

 

Here are the five best spots near Gregg Ranch – the first large-scale development in Marble Falls in 30 years – for the anticipated stunning views of bluebonnets from mid March to mid April. Gregg Ranch, northwest of Austin is a 240-acre master-planned community that is anticipated to be home to approximately 700 single-family and 550 multi-family residences.

 

1. Turkey Bend Recreation Area – Marble Falls, Texas

 

Turkey Bend Recreation Area, right here in Marble Falls, boasts more than 1,000 acres of gorgeous bluebonnets. Not only may park goers experience spectacular views of the Texas state flower, but the park also has campsites, picnicking, kayaking and canoeing, fishing and swimming along the northern Lake Travis shoreline.

 

Admission: $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger, $12 for campsites.

Address: 4000 Shaw Drive, Marble Falls, TX 78654

 

2. The Bluebonnet House – Marble Falls, Texas

 

The Bluebonnet House, on Highway 281 North on Marble Falls’ outskirts, is a legendary two-story home standing alone in an open field of grass, bluebonnets and other Texas wildflowers. While the iconic house is full of mystery and history, it is the cascade of blue washing over the surrounding hills that entices visitors to stop and take photos.

 

Admission: No charge. The land is off limits but visitors may stop on the road.

Address: 2700 US 281, Marble Falls, TX 78654

 

3. Bluebonnet Festival – Burnet, Texas

 

The town of Burnet, just 15 minutes from Marble Falls, is home of the iconic Bluebonnet Festival. Every year, this festival takes place when bluebonnets are in full bloom, which typically is early to mid April. The festival is hosted at Courthouse Square and includes bike rides, 5K and 10K runs, music, carnivals, parades, pageants, rubber-ducky races and wiener-dog races. “The most-exciting, small-town festival in Texas,” the 2020 Bluebonnet Festival will celebrate its 37th year April 10-12. You won’t want to miss it.

 

Admission: Varies.

Address: 101 N. Pierce St., Burnet, TX 78611

 

4. Muleshoe Bend Recreation Center – Spicewood, Texas (25 minutes from Gregg Ranch)

 

Muleshoe Bend covers 654 acres that feature 9.8 miles of trails, lake and, of course, stunning Texas bluebonnets. The wildflowers are found all over the park, including the southern side of the Colorado River on western Lake Travis. Although these picturesque flowers entice professional and informal photo sessions, it is imperative that you stick to the paths to ensure that these eye-catching treasures have the longest lifespan possible.

 

Admission: $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger, $12 for campsites.

Address: 2820 County Road 414, Spicewood, TX 78669

 

 

5. Pace Bend Park – Spicewood, Texas (30 minutes from Gregg Ranch)

 

Pace Bend Park is a little farther from Marble Falls, but it is worth the drive. It is among the most-popular spots in Texas for unforgettable views of vibrant bluebonnets. Pace Bend offers picture-worthy scenes of Lake Travis and the state flower. The park also has an array of activities throughout its 1,300-plus acres, including camping, swimming and boating, plus exploration trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

 

Admission: $10 per vehicle.

Address: 2805 Pace Bend North, Spicewood, TX 78669

 

 

Gregg Ranch, northwest of Austin in charming Marble Falls, Texas, is a 240-acre master-planned community that is anticipated to be home to approximately 700 single-family and 550 multi-family residences. Gregg Ranch is planned to feature a central community area with an outdoor pool, ramada, barbecue area, play area, bocce ball, horseshoe pits, miles of jogging and biking trails throughout the community, and a dog park. The community is conveniently located at Routes 281 and 71, a short drive to major shopping, medical needs, charming downtown Marble Falls shops and restaurants, Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ and the famed Texas Lakes and Hill Country. Visit http://greggranch.com/.