Stop and smell the [wild] flowers
Brownwood doesn’t have a ton of wildflowers inside the city, but now is the perfect time to escape the house for a drive to see them! Flowers should be peaking in the next few weeks and these Texas beauties are sure to brighten your day! You can find some along the Camp Bowie Access road and FM 2125 Loop that heads towards the Lake Brownwood dam. If you want to venture further, the Willow City Loop is a wildflower hotspot for good reason. The loop offers some of the best wildflowers in Texas! Make a day of it with a Texas country playlist, a picnic and roll those windows down! Make sure to practice safe social distancing as you stop and smell the wildflowers. And, keep in mind that public restrooms, state parks and facilities are closed throughout the Easter weekend.
Catch a sunset
Kiss the sun goodnight at one of our great sunset watch spots. The Lake Brownwood Spillway is a beauty – worth a visit in its own right. Though the water is not continuously spilling, the dam can be traversed to enjoy some amazing sunsets! If you want to stay closer to home, pick up an Easter picnic from The Turtle and spread a blanket out at the baseball complex to watch the sun sink into the horizon.
Glimpse Brownwood from afar
Have you seen what Brownwood looks like from Bangs Hill? Now is the time! Bonus, it also is an opportunity for some much-needed exercise. Bring a notepad and sketch Brownwood from afar. Or maybe just sit and relax, breathe deeply and give thanks for fresh air and your health. If you aren’t familiar with the popular viewpoint, it’s out on Route 67.
Take a walk
Though Lake Brownwood State Park will be temporarily closed, we still have some great walking trail options in Brownwood. I’m fond of the new hiking trail at Riverside Park which is just lovely in the mornings. The Camp Bowie Walking Trail is also good with lots of open green space for the kids and pups get out some zoomies.
Learn about the past
If you’re more into history than flowers, get a twofer with a wildflower-dotted historical drive. From Brownwood, head out towards the access road from Austin Ave. Take a right at FM 2126 and you’ll be circling some lovely pastures, Camp Bowie and some other historic areas from the camp era which are a great place to stretch your legs and learn something new! When you are ready to head home, just take a right on Highway 377 and you’ll be back in time for supper!
So grab takeout from your fave local eatery, pack up the kids, maybe the dog, and buckle up! It’s time to roll those windows down and cruise through the [Hill] countryside.
Stay safe and healthy out there, y’all.