La Bahia Road Burton to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Park

Independence, Texas

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A 39-mile paved highway through pastoral countryside and historic sites important to the creation of the Republic of Texas. The drive passes through pastoral farm and ranch country important in the early days of the Republic of Texas. The area is particularly notable for spring wildflowers, such as bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and phlox. Most of the route follows FM 390, called La Bahia Road and designated as a scenic route by the Texas Department of Transportation. Overall the land is relatively flat with gentle hills,but much of the route between Burton and Independence follows a low ridge,a divide between two drainages. Views are quite good for this part of Texas,especially to the northwest. Nearby Lake Somerville is easily visible to the northwest and is worthy of a side trip. Lake Somerville State Park lies on its shores, split into two units.The 5,970-acre park contains a surprisingly large undeveloped tract of land in the middle of a relatively heavily populated part of Texas. Unlike other Texas highway route markers, which are black and white, the FM 390 markers are brown and white to designate its scenic status. The signs still use the same shape, size, and symbols, however. Special attractions: Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park, Old Baylor Park, wildflowers.
Scenic Driving Texas

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Scenic Driving Texas

by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)

A 39-mile paved highway through pastoral countryside and historic sites important to the creation of the Republic of Texas. The drive passes through pastoral farm and ranch country important in the early days of the Republic of Texas. The area is particularly notable for spring wildflowers, such as bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and phlox. Most of the route follows FM 390, called La Bahia Road and designated as a scenic route by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Overall the land is relatively flat with gentle hills,but much of the route between Burton and Independence follows a low ridge,a divide between two drainages. Views are quite good for this part of Texas,especially to the northwest. Nearby Lake Somerville is easily visible to the northwest and is worthy of a side trip. Lake Somerville State Park lies on its shores, split into two units.The 5,970-acre park contains a surprisingly large undeveloped tract of land in the middle of a relatively heavily populated part of Texas. Unlike other Texas highway route markers, which are black and white, the FM 390 markers are brown and white to designate its scenic status. The signs still use the same shape, size, and symbols, however. Special attractions: Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park, Old Baylor Park, wildflowers.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Independence
Distance: 39
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park
Driving Directions: Directions to La Bahia Road: Burton to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Park

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