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Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Stonewall
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to LBJ's ranch. You can purchase a CD which guides you through the ranch. The tour ends with a ranger led tour of the ranch house. You also can visit the schoolhouse he attended, gravesite, birthplace, and show barns. This is still a working ranch so you can see cattle, deer, horses, and other animals. His airplane, which he call Air Force 1/2, is also on display. This was a good lead-up to my visit of his library in Austin the next day.

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

This has to be one of the most beautiful ranches in Texas. Well worth the visit as it is very picturesque. Tour guides will take you through the White House for approx. $5 which was extremely educational. You'll drive miles throughout the ranch and will have plenty of photo ops as the river runs through it, huge Pecan Trees, wildflowers, and grave site etc. I've been to Fredericksburg several times and never considered stopping here before. It will now be on my 'must stop again' list as the drive through the park is so very scenic especially in April/May when the wildflowers are blooming.
Note: There is no fee for visiting and/or driving through the park but there is a small fee for the White House tour which is the only way you can enter inside it. Start at the visitor center of course.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Entrance to both areas is through the State Park. The state park has a farm that is actually in use as a farm. That alone is worth the trip to see equipment and facilities actually being used.

Thank H-CHouston
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Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Have traveled and seen many other historical and government related places, so this seems to be not unique or as interesting for the kids. It is ok since free and if your traveling through it is fine. We did the auto tour which allowed for stops and going at your own pace witj a given cd that becomes your tour guide. Most interesting part for kids was to see the airplane the president used.

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Take a strole or just drive through. Awesome scenery. Well kept, clean with great pic-nick areas. Easy access and not out of the way.

Thank Fran M
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