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Old 10-20-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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Hi all,
So, I am trying to make an impression on some friends who want to visit the hill country for the first time (they are non-Texans). I need to time it just right with the weather (still cool, but not hot) and with the wild flowers in full bloom. I'll probably be showing them Luckenbach, Fredericksburg, Boerne and some of the outlying areas (SA, Austin).

What do you guys think is the absolute BEST time weather-wise (and with full flower bloom) for the hill country? If you could only visit once a year, when would it be? I'm thinking sometime in April.

Thanks!
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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March
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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I would say the last week in March.
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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It depends on the winter weather that we receive. I would say that the 2nd to 4th week of April are the best. Sometimes late March and the first week or two of May can be great as well, but those weeks in April are your safest bet.

For the best wildflower drive in the Hill Country, go to the Willow City Loop. If you do it on a weekend, there will be much traffic but it's worth it. Google it for directions. It is near Fredericksburg, but you can take a back way through Boerne and Luckenbach that is very scenic.

Have fun!
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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Also, you can visit the Wildseed Farm and see their fields as well. It is only about 1 mile off of the back way to the Willow City Loop.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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Last of March, first of April. It SOOOOO depends on the rains the fall/winter before...
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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Cool, thanks guys. I own property in Stonewall and haven't visited the place in almost a year since I'm working out of state right now....sad.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Last of March, first of April. It SOOOOO depends on the rains the fall/winter before...
This is my experience & opinion.

In addition to the Willow Loop tour, DEFINITELY continue a few miles up 16 & hang a left & check out the drive into & around Enchanted Rock. Few things as pretty as an explosion of bluebonnets with the rock towering behind them. (& of course also hike the rock if inclined.....my 5-6 y/o kid & 74 y/o father in law was able to make it to the top, so it might not be too much for yankee adults).
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:55 AM
 
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Take them on the twisted sisters roads
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:05 PM
 
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You have picked great towns. Love Fredericksburg. As Paka stated, 2014 wildflowers will totally depend on how much rain we get.

Here is a nice website where you can read up past seasons:

Texas Wildflower and Bluebonnet Sightings Report : Texas Wildflower Hot Spots and Pictures by Gary Regner Photography

Wildflowers In Texas (TX) Hill Country - Topic Profile By Cofran's Texas Hill Country Portal

Do a Google search to see photos and route info on Twisted Sisters are mentioned above. Also, YouTube Video. Wildseed Farms also has some nice YouTube videos if you want to see what it's all about.
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