We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 199 State Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671
Phone Number: 18306442252
Website
Improve this listing
Today
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

Visitors to this day use park can enjoy historical sites, picnicking,...

Visitors to this day use park can enjoy historical sites, picnicking, fishing, swimming, nature and wildlife viewing. As of May 2014, the park is home to part of the Official Texas State Longhorn Herd. If you plan to swim at the park, read through our swimming safety tips before you come.

Be sure to visit the Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead, a living history farm, presented as it was in 1918. Interpreters wear period clothing, do the farm and household chores as they were done at that time, and conduct tours for the visitors. Located east of the visitor center, off the nature trail.

The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo, longhorn and white-tailed deer. These animals have played a part in the park's history, and the local wildlife continues to be an important attraction for visitors. The park is famous for its spring wildflower display.

The Visitor Center is the focal point of Lyndon B. Johnson State Park. It contains memorabilia from President Johnson's presidency and interactive displays about the land and people that shaped a president. Attached to the Visitor Center is the Behrens Cabin, a two-room dogtrot cabin built by German immigrant H. C. Behrens during the 1870s. The furnishings are typical of such homes in that period. Visitors can further explore the history of these immigrants by viewing the 1860s Danz family log cabin located just west of the Visitor Center. An auditorium in the visitor center complex will accommodate 234 persons for state performances or films. An outdoor amphitheater is used for a variety of programs. A nature trail, including a Hill Country botanical exhibit, winds past wildlife enclosures stocked with bison, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, other native wildlife, and longhorn cattle.

Directly across the Pedernales River from the LBJ State Park is the LBJ Ranch, part of LBJ National Historical Park.

        The Annual LBJ Tree Lighting takes place in mid-December.

Educational & Interpretive Programs

Tours of the complex, including the Sauer-Beckmann farm with its smokehouse, Victorian style house, garden, and log house lasts approximately an hour; group reservations are accepted. No entrance fee is required, but donation boxes are available. Individuals and families can take the tour on a first-come, first-serve basis.Directly across the Pedernales River from the LBJ State Park is the LBJ Ranch, part of LBJ National Historical Park. Self-guided tours of the Ranch begin at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center. Among the sites on the Ranch are the one-room Junction School first attended by the four-year-old Lyndon B. Johnson in 1912, reconstructed birthplace and nearby Johnson family cemetery where the former President is buried, and the Texas White House. The drive also takes visitors through the pasturelands where Hereford cattle, descended from those owned by President Johnson, can be viewed.

Self-guided tours of the LBJ Ranch begin at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center and are available daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, when the national park is closed. For more information & hours of operation, visit the LBJ National Historical Park web site. Check the calendar for upcoming events and programs.

Natural Features

The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo (American bison), longhorn and white-tailed deer. These animals have played a part in the park's history, and the local wildlife continues to be an important attraction for visitors. The park is famous for its spring wildflower display.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 180 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 134
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Big Man, Big Ranch, Big Legacy

Visiting Lyndon Johnson's ranch provides a deeper understanding of this great man and his complex legacy. The attachment to the Hill Country, its people, and its distinctive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Wil003S
,
Annapolis, Maryland
Add Photo Write a Review

180 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Annapolis, Maryland
Level Contributor
39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visiting Lyndon Johnson's ranch provides a deeper understanding of this great man and his complex legacy. The attachment to the Hill Country, its people, and its distinctive landscape comes alive, when on is surrounded by the live oaks, pecan groves, and cattle herds along the Pedernales River. On the day of my visit in January 2016 the weather was unusually... More 

Helpful?
Thank Wil003S
Garfield, AR
Level Contributor
31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Interesting tour of the LBJ Ranch and Home aka "Texas White House". NOTE! Hang onto your hat! It's extremely windy out here on the ranch! We were surprised that it wasn't at all grand. It's a comfortable, fairly ordinary ranch house on a ranch that is STILL a "working ranch". I was surprised to see that the Johnsons weren't at... More 

Helpful?
Thank skk1943
Hoxie, Arkansas
Level Contributor
60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped here on our way to San Antonio. The park has free admission. We toured both parts --The Sauer Beckmann farm and the LBJ Ranch. The farm is a working farm. The workers there were very friendly and very informative. You can tour all the buildings on the site. They actually grow or raise all their... More 

Helpful?
Thank jrichardson6362
Lawrence
Level Contributor
90 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you enjoy history you will probably enjoy this. Otherwise, you might not. We enjoyed learning more about this President and his wife. There is a $3 charge to tour the house and we thought it was worth it. Not a great place to take your pet.

Helpful?
Thank Diedre C
Catonsville, Maryland
Level Contributor
44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a must see on a visit to Austin. We visited after a stop at the LBJ ranch outside Johnson City and it brought home the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

Helpful?
Thank robpb
Hampshire, UK
Level Contributor
45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

You learn a lot about the man from this house, where he spent a considerable amount of his presidency. Along with the national historical park in Johnson City it makes a good day trip out from Austin. Only charge was $3 for the guided tour of the house.

Helpful?
Thank silverfirs
Home
Level Contributor
90 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Learned about LBJ the man. Cool park. White House of the south. No fee to get in park - donations. $3 fee to tour there house. Worth at least twice that! Lots to see there - leave 3-4 hours to get thru.

Helpful?
Thank msadler99
Grapevine, Texas
Level Contributor
60 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

This stop is worth the time to drive through the ranch and take a tour of the house. Start to finish is only about 90 minutes. The tour guides provide interesting information about LBJ's house and his time on the ranch. The first Air Force One jet is parked on the property. This is a beautiful place with an interesting... More 

Helpful?
Thank chris s
NJ
Level Contributor
197 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We went to the Lyndon B Johnson Ranch in Stonewall where he lived most of his adult life and had his "Texas White House". The drive around the grounds was pretty cool. You see the schoolhouse he went as a child, the neighbors house and farm as it was back in the day, the cemetery where he's buried, and some... More 

Helpful?
Thank swearengen
Irving, Texas, United States
Level Contributor
89 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

They really have gone over and above to make this incredible. So much history, "Air Force 1" plane, ranch house, a working farm, cows, grave site, birth home, and I saw most of 300 deer! Marvelously preserved (see his boyhood home in Johnson City, Tx about 14 miles east)

Helpful?
Thank Larry P

Travelers who viewed Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site also viewed

 

Been to Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?