The following is a route and a few pictures taken on a cycling ride west of Lake Buchanan, TX on March 12, 2012. In most areas the bluebonnets and paintbrushes were far from fully developed. Later pictures should be available to post by the end of March. This is a very good wildflower year.
First… The Route.
To begin, go to the Lone Grove Community Center at the intersection of FM2241 and Llano CR216. From the Buchanan – Inks Visitor Center drive west to FR261 which bears off to the right from TX29 about 1-1/2 miles west of the visitor Center. If you reach the intersection of TX29 and FM1431, you passed 261. Take a right on 1431 and follow to to 261 then take a left there and continue north and west on 261 to Bluffton and go straight which will have you on FM 2241 at that point. About 5 miles west of Bluffton (261 and 2241) you will come to CR216 which goes off to the right. The Lone GRove Community Center is on your right. That is a good starting place if you are going to ride a bicycle on this loop. You can park your car in the parking lot at the community and ride from there. If you are in a car, just get on CR216 and follow it all the way to TX16 (about 8 miles). Following are pictures from the CR216 segment of the trip.
There are many fields of yellow, blue and green on CR216, eventually bringing you to TX16. Take a right there and proceed north about a mile to the cutoff to CR226.
On the way back to TX 16 I took one more picture then rode south on TX16 to CR215 (about 6 miles).
The shoulders of TX16 were covered with bluebonnet plants just about to bloom. I took no pictures on that segment but when I went back on march 21 the shoulders were spectacular. Hopefully we can add some pictures from that soon.
The flowers on CR215 were starting to bloom and have since really opened up. These pictures show it as is was on March 12, early in the blooming cycle.
As previously mentioned, the route covered by this post has experienced further wildflower development since March 12th. Don’t miss the season while you think about riding or driving this route. Just do it!