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Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site

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Address: 199 State Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671
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+1 830-644-2252
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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 working ranch and part of American history

Texas is full of working ranches, but how many of them can you drive in to - for free - and see what ranch life is really all about? I love the LBJ Ranch, and make frequent... read more

Reviewed May 2, 2016
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Blanco, Texas
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed May 14, 2016

We stopped in after lunch in Johnson City to walk around the settlement. Old barbs and cabins were interesting and we enjoyed seeing the livestock too. The visitor center was a much smaller version of the LBJ presidential museum in Austin and just seemed repetitive. This park seems to be little visited and in need of a little updating but... More 

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Blanco, Texas
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Reviewed May 2, 2016

Texas is full of working ranches, but how many of them can you drive in to - for free - and see what ranch life is really all about? I love the LBJ Ranch, and make frequent visits to be part of the serenity and beauty of the ranch, while always being aware of its place in our nation's history.... More 

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Reviewed April 30, 2016

This well worth a stop if in the area. Countryside is beautiful. Must obtain a free park permit at the visitors center. The orientation film at the center was the highlight of the trip. It features scenes of LBJ giving tour of his boyhood home. Shows some of his charm. I paid the $3 to see inside the house lived... More 

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Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

This is a drive tour so first head to the Visitor Center to get your permit to drive in the park and the important map. Many places to see: school, the house he was born , cemetery, the hangar (where you have to stop to buy the ticket for the tour of the house). The setting is very beautiful. Highly... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Reviewed April 28, 2016

This was probably one of the most interesting and well spent trips I have made in a long time. History definitely comes alive in this tour of the Johnson Ranch and Texas White House. The tour itself was free with the only cost being a $3 per person fee for an excellent tour of the Texas White House. The Park... More 

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Reviewed April 27, 2016

The Johnson ranch and Texas White House comes alive through the park ranger's story and the great care that has been given to preserve the house and ranch as it was from before the presidency until Lady Bird passed away. It's only $3 for each person to take a thirty minute tour. You may drive around the ranch for free... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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Reviewed April 26, 2016

We all enjoyed our day at the park. It has so much of Texas in all that LBJ did. His ranch was so big with many different things to see.

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Reviewed April 26, 2016

IF you are int he area or passing through this is a stop you should make time for. The LBJ ranch has all the buildings that the president loved fully restored and preserved. The tour of the Western Whitehouse is fascinating as the Johnsons put all the furnishings in storage knowing they would deed the land to the public. It... More 

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Round Rock, Texas
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Reviewed April 25, 2016

You start at the Visitors Center to get your free permit. Nice gift shop. We then visited the Sauer-Beckmann Farm which is great. Then stopped to have a picnic lunch. They have many beautiful picnic areas that have some playground equipment and nice bathrooms handy. Then we drove the "Ranch Tour" making several of the stops - you can choose... More 

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Reviewed April 24, 2016

The Texas White House tour, $3.00 per person, is quite interesting. Our tour guide was a volunteer from Pennsylvania, spending her summer walking people through the old ranch house. She showed us the first floor rooms of the often-expanded house, explaining how each had been used and why some had been modified to conduct Presidential business. When asked why photographs... More 

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