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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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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
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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I can see why LBJ and Lady Bird loved the ranch so much. I would too if I lived there! As for the tour: stop by the park office at the entrance (which is a state park) and pick up... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can see bisons 1 hour from Austin. Nice car trip, educational program for kids to earn a badge of junior ranger

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I can see why LBJ and Lady Bird loved the ranch so much. I would too if I lived there! As for the tour: stop by the park office at the entrance (which is a state park) and pick up the free pass. It's about a 20 minute drive to the Texas White House if you don't stop along the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The loop around the airstrip is counterclockwise and the old "bridge" across the dam is closed even though it is all on the map. Apparently, you're supposed to go to the Visitor's Center first and buy a permit but I happened upon the Trinity church at a rest stop and just drove back towards LBJ's school house and went by... More 

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Did a quick stop here with family on our way to Fredericksburg, TX. Take the self-guided tour of the LBJ ranch. Stop by and take a picture by the Air Force One-Half and stroll around the Texas White House. Good place to take the kids and learn a bit of US Presidential history

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We were short on time, but wanted to see the ranch. Stopped at the visitor center and got a pass (free). We drove through the beautiful ranch countryside and enjoyed seeing the buildings, cemetery, and many animals. We saw: Birth place of LBJ; School house where he learned to read; Family cemetery where LBJ and Lady Bird are buried under... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't know what to expect when we arrived. You first go to the visitor center to get a car pass. At the visitor center they have an informative film about the Johnson family to watch. Then you drive through the farm and stop at different locations to see things- one room school house he attended, the cemetery where he... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From all places we have seen in Texas, this one is most memorable. Do not miss very informative Tour of Texas White house. It was a highlight of our trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

For anyone interested in the legacy of LBJ and the history of the 1960s and early 1970s, the guided tour of the Texas White House (LBJ's ranch house) is an hour well-spent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

The LBJ Ranch is so very worthwhile to visit. It gives great insight to LBJ, his family and how he presided as president of our country. When visiting the LBJ Ranch, it is very apparent that the Johnson family were regular folks…something we might not see again. We stopped at the LBJ Texas State Park visitor center where we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

My wife and I very much enjoyed our visit to Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site and to the LBJ Ranch District of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. (It might be helpful to note at this point that to tour the LBJ Ranch, one must start at the state park. Just go to the state park's... More 

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