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Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site

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Address: 199 State Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671
Phone Number: 18306442252
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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.

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A piece of history that you can walk through

Stop at the range station off of SR71 to get a free parking permit. The drive from the station to the ranch is beautiful. Be sure to take the tour of the former home of LBJ and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stop at the range station off of SR71 to get a free parking permit. The drive from the station to the ranch is beautiful. Be sure to take the tour of the former home of LBJ and Ladybird. Also, step into the Air Force 1 that is parked at the ranch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very interesting piece of history! I remember seeing news stories of LBJ at ranch and it was interesting to actually see it in person. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to do much other than drive the loop. That by itself took almost an hour! Careful, there are deer and wildlife on the road!

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Alice, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took 2 teenage grandkids--they need to learn some history! The people ate very friendly The ids lvdd the nature trail and the living history farm. They wore us out and we didn't have much time for the Johnson home. But as a history teacher for 40 years, I still took the opportunity to fill them in!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our recent trip to the LBJ ranch on a cold windy day did not disappoint. You must obtain a permit to drive the premises at the Park Headquarters. As we drove onto the ranch, we passed LBJ's birthplace and we visited the cemetery where he bured. At the house, we were taken through the Johnson home by the park ranger,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We almost didn't stop here because I'm not a huge LBJ fan but this park is so worth the stop for the Texas History and the Living History Farm. The Living History Farm is a real turn of the 1900s working farm. The people on staff at the farm live the life from 8 - 4. When we visited they... More 

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Rockport, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the drive through the ranch. The home tour was very well done by our guide. The cars each had a story and we enjoyed each one. The presidents plane is open to the public and worth a look.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

When company comes to town, I always take them to the LBJ Ranch, a beautiful, piece of property, and a tribute to the Johnson's and their legacy. Parking is free on the state side. Purchase the audio tour CD in the gift shop for a self-guided tour with numerous stopping points along the way (well worth the $7.00). The staff... More 

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Stonewall, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

The staff was friendly and had a good time talking to the staff at the Living History Farm. Have been there a lot through the years and everything was always neatly mowed. Do not know if the Park is short on staff, but there is some areas that was nice to have the kids run around, have tall grass now.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

The ranch property was beautiful. Very impressive. All the out buildings were interesting. The small presidential jet was fun. The Texas White House was amazing and all the memorabilia was fascinating. Our guide Cynthia was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Enjoyed the entire experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

I'm embarrassed to say that I've lived in the Hill Country for 12 years now and never visited LBJ Ranch until this summer. It's a great half-day outing from Austin. We visited the boyhood home in Johnson City first (also run by the National Park Service). It was completely free with adequate shaded parking. Part of that tour is self-guided,... More 

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