Hill Country Sunset

The Lakes and Hills of the Highland Lakes, in the heart of the Central Texas Hill Country, is the ideal destination for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime.  Adventure, recreation, fun in the sun and hill country hospitality await you in every Highland Lakes community.   We invite you to come enjoy Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, the Colorado River, the Llano River, hundreds of things to do, places to shop, eat and sleep.   With over 1,800 square miles of lakes and hills, the Highland Lakes region is one of the largest playgrounds in Texas.


Check out the listing of Llano County Lodges


Wildflowers in Texas


Texas Wildflowers


Wildflower Close up


Field of Bluebonnets


Bluebonnets in the Hill CountryBurnet, Texas is officially recognized by the Texas legislature as the "Bluebonnet Capital of Texas".  

Spectacular displays of wild flowers are abundant throughout the Lakes and Hills region. The optimum time for viewing wild flowers in the Hill Country is usually the first few weeks of April.Bluebonnets in Burnet

The Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail
Created by 10 Hill Country communities, this self guided tour celebrates the natural roadside beauty from late March through June. In addition to bluebonnets, you'll see Texas paintbrush, sunflowers, coreopsis, and black-eyed Susans.

The most concentrated profusion blooms in the Hill Country -- loosely bordered by the loop of scenic highways between Austin and San Antonio and San Marcos and Fredericksburg. Most agree that the best time to visit is April, especially for bluebonnets, but the color show begins as early as mid March. In March, the DOT will resume operation of its Wildflower Hotline, to tell you where to find the best color at any given time (www.dot.state.tx.us).

The Burnet area includes routes near Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake.

Hwy 29 runs from Georgetown at I-35 through Burnet, Llano and Mason and provides a number of different views of bluebonnets mixed with other wildflowers.

Near Inks Lake,Hwy 29 the topography becomes very hilly providing backdrops of granite rock outcrops.

Park Road 4 off of US Hwy 281 between Burnet and Marble Falls offers breathtaking views as well.

Wild Flower Scenic Drive Map - Click for Enlargement
Wildflower Trail Map - Click for enlargement


Related Events in the Lakes and Hills:
Event Location Contact
Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Trail Buchanan Chamber
Bluebonnet Trail Art & Craft Show Llano Chamber
Bluebonnet Trail Art & Craft Show Buchanan Chamber
Bluebonnet Festival Burnet Chamber
Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Trail Buchanan Chamber
Wine & Wildflower Trail Hill Country Website


Growing Bluebonnets 
Tips from the Texas Aggie Horticulture Network:
  • Plant in full sun, in soil which drains well and doesn't stay wet for long periods of time.
  • Utilize transplants or chemically scarified seed
  • Barely cover seeds with soil, don't bury the crown of transplants
  • Water seeds only on the day of planting and transplants only when the top one inch of soil dries
  • No applications of fertilizer are required but are helpful and will cause more abundant bloom
  • Interplant with pansies and other annuals for winter-long color
  • Don't overwater!

resources: frommers.com, wildflowerhaven.com


New Owners on the Historic Square in Burnet




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