Best Place To View Wildflowers in Cedar Park
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One of the best things about living in Central Texas are the Spring Wildflowers. It’s definitely my favorite time of the year! Wildflowers can be seen on every roadside and in every field. You certainly can’t miss them. Driving by and admiring the flowers is wonderful, but no family photo album is complete without the kids and pets sitting amongst Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush.
If you would like to learn the names of all the wildflowers, you can pick up a wildflower guide at most HEB stores or you can see nice list of Wildflowers of Texas here.
Every year, Brushy Creek Lake Park has been our go-to place to take wildflower family photos. And you can bet we aren’t alone! It’s normally the Best Place To View Wildflowers in Cedar Park. This year the wildflowers at Brushy Creek are pretty sparse. Last May the lake flooded and the entire field was covered with water. Not sure if that’s the reason for the lack of flowers this year.
Wildflowers are interesting though. They have a funny way about showing up one year and then being shy the next year. Weather plays an important role. Some years Brushy Creek Lake Park is Blue Bonnet heavy and other years it seems to be more sparse and other wildflowers are abundant. Either way it’s beautiful. You can’t just visit once either. The blooms change from week to week from late March to early June. Luckily that’s not the only place to go.
One very important thing to keep in mind when frolicking in the wildflowers is that snakes enjoy the shade and plethora of bugs in the heavy underbrush. Before the kids go running into the flowers with their sandals and Sunday best, encourage them to stay on the pathways. Maybe send dad and his boots in for a walk about to find your perfect photo spot. And as a Central Texan, you probably already know about good ole’ fire ants.
OK, now that we got the scary snake out of the way, let’s go back to happy thoughts of flowers and Texas sunshine.
More Cedar Park Wildflowers
Traveling the Cedar Park Bike Trail along Brushy Creek, you are guaranteed to find many places to stop and admire the flowers and take pictures.
There are also plenty of random places around town to snap a few pictures.
Traveling up 2769 towards Bullick Hollow all the way to the Oasis you can see many more patches. Keep in mind there is a lot of traffic in that area, so it’s best not to go with little ones and pets. You can also take the scenic drive around to Lime Creek Road from 2769 which eventually meets up with Anderson Mill again. The corner of Anderson Mill and 2769 one year the variety of flowers was amazing and the next year, not so much.
Nearby at the corner of Anderson Mill and Cypress Creek Road, in the field for Cedar Park High School, the Blue Bonnets were abundant last year. They seem to bloom later there.
On 1431 (Whitestone Blvd) just behind Blue Corn Harvest restaurant, there is a field that also has a lot of wildflowers one year. We discovered this field a couple years ago after having brunch.
If you are looking for a nice Texas looking backdrop, you can try a picture just to the side of the Breakaway Park neighborhood sign. With a rock wall and Texas Native plants in the background and wildflowers around you, it’s a nice shot.
Along Bagdad Road, there is also a field in front of Rockbridge Church that has some nice flowers.
Pretty much any roadside or median that has not been mowed will have a show of flowers. Just day a drive down 360 from 183 to MoPac and you will see tons on wildflowers. Stop along the way for a scenic hike to the overlook rock at the 360 Pennybacker Bridge.
Day Trips to View Wildflowers
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the place to get your wildflower fix and learn more about the history of wildflowers, as well as the preservation and research centered around Texas native plants. If you snap some amazing wildflower photos this season, you can enter them in their annual Photo Contest. For the wildflower fanatic, you can also show your enthusiasm year round with a personalized Wildflower License Plate.
Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge
24518 FM 1431
Marble Falls, TX 78654
If you want to take a drive, wildflower season is the perfect time to take our Day Trip to the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Not only is it a gorgeous scenic drive, but there are excellent wildflower photo opportunities along the way. You might even get a longhorn in the picture.
Old Settler’s Park
3300 East Palm Valley Boulevard
Round Rock, Texas
The large fields surrounding Old Settler’s Park are the perfect place to take pictures and have pic nic.
April 13-15, 2018
You don’t want to miss the annual Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, TX. If you love all things Texas Wildflowers, this is the festival for you. Enjoy arts and crafts, live music, food, carnival and more.
Hands down, the Best Place To View Wildflowers in Cedar Park is Brushy Creek Lake Park. But as you can see, there is no shortage of wildflower viewing and photo opportunities in Central Texas. Get out and enjoy!
P.S. Contrary to urban legend is is not Illegal to Pick Bluebonnets.