If you want to see some of those postcard-worthy displays of wildflowers, leash your pup and take a hike on Plano’s Bluebonnet Trail! Situated along a greenbelt, this municipal pathway is the longest paved trail that winds through Plano, 16.6 miles roundtrip. In early spring, swaths of beautiful bluebonnet wildflowers line parts of the trail.
Dogs are welcome on the Bluebonnet Trail, but you must keep them on a leash and cleanup after them. Access this popular trail’s western starting point at the intersection of Midway Road and West Spring Creek Parkway. From there, you and your furry friend can make your way east through Plano. If you and your pup love wide open spaces, you’ll enjoy this trek. You’ll have plenty of views of that big Texas sky as you walk along the trail through expansive areas of mowed grass. There are a few trees along the way, too, where your dog will undoubtedly find something interesting to sniff.
The Bluebonnet Trail passes through several parks, including Windhaven Meadows Park, Archgate Park, Carpenter Park, Lonestar Park and several others. Many of these parks have restrooms and water fountains where you and your pooch can refresh yourselves. About 4.5 miles into your walk, you’ll reach Jack Carter Park, which is an especially fun stop if your pup loves the company of other wagging tails. Right off the trail, you’ll find this park’s Jack Carter Dog Park, where you two can take a break and Fido can run free in the fully enclosed area.
Back on the trail, you’ll pass through several other of the community’s pristine parks. After 8.3 miles, you’ll finally reach Oak Point Park, the eastern terminus of the trail. The multiple access points throughout the city make any portion of the Bluebonnet Trail is a great place to stretch your legs with your dog.
With access to parks and plenty of distance to get some exercise, it’s easy to see why the Bluebonnet Trail is a popular path for pups and their people!