Willow City Loop

Willow City, Texas

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A 22-mile paved route through a particularly rugged area of the Hill Country noted for its excellent spring wildflowers. In recent years the Willow City Loop has been discovered as one of the best places in the Hill Country to see fields of Texans’ favorite flower, the bluebonnet. Through some fortuitous combination of soil type, rainfall, and grazing practices, bluebonnets seem to thrive in this area. In a good year, preceded by the right amount of rain falling at the right time, bluebonnets blanket the hills. Bluebonnets first start appearing in mid to late March and usually peak sometime in early to mid April. Although the bluebonnet dominates at this time, other flowers such as the white prickly poppy and a number of yellow flowers are also common. Indian paintbrush commonly grows mixed in with bluebonnets in other parts of the Hill Country, but it doesn’t seem quite as common here. Special attractions: Wildflowers, scenic views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Texas

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Scenic Driving Texas

by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)

A 22-mile paved route through a particularly rugged area of the Hill Country noted for its excellent spring wildflowers. In recent years the Willow City Loop has been discovered as one of the best places in the Hill Country to see fields of Texans’ favorite flower, the bluebonnet. Through some fortuitous combination of soil type, rainfall, and grazing practices, bluebonnets seem to thrive in this area. In a good year, preceded by the right amount of rain falling at the right time, bluebonnets blanket the hills.

Bluebonnets first start appearing in mid to late March and usually peak sometime in early to mid April. Although the bluebonnet dominates at this time, other flowers such as the white prickly poppy and a number of yellow flowers are also common. Indian paintbrush commonly grows mixed in with bluebonnets in other parts of the Hill Country, but it doesn’t seem quite as common here. Special attractions: Wildflowers, scenic views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Willow City
Distance: 22
Season: Year-round, best in spring and fall
Local Contacts: Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce
Topo Map: Willow City Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: Scenic Driving Texas Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

3/23/2012

This was a gorgeous scenic drive today. We have had recent rains all over the hill country, and lightning so the flowers are blooming beautifully. Well worth seeing if you love flowers, and some awesome scenery.

4/22/2006

This is a very nice drive, especially in a convertible or on a motorcycle. In fact you will encounter many motorcycles on this loop. I recommend starting on the North end (as in the guide) for you will have less traffic going your way. We passed many "caravans" going the other direction. A great drive to "slow down" and enjoy the landscape. Many twisting turns and hills. Very different from the usual Texas highways. There are a couple of local establishments in which you can stop and enjoy a "cold one".

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