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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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Simply beautiful and serene!

What an amazing place to visit. We were in Fredericksburg for Spring Break and decided to take the kids to LBJ State Park. We had a great time. It was beautiful. We got to see... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

What an amazing place to visit. We were in Fredericksburg for Spring Break and decided to take the kids to LBJ State Park. We had a great time. It was beautiful. We got to see the bison, white tailed deer, bulls, cows and many other animals on the property. The grounds were breathtaking. It was an interesting and educational visit.... More 

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Reviewed 12 March 2017

SO glad I didn't skip this attraction. Being fans of LBJ, we were so excited to learn more about him and Lady Bird from the excellent tour guide and the exhibits. Don't miss the exhibit on the parties he hosted at the ranch. This exhibit is in a separate little building near the main visitor center. We stopped at the... More 

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Reviewed 11 March 2017

We typically take family and friends that visit us to this Historic place. Lady Bird kept the place full of life and with so much of her husband's history to see it is well worth the time ... especially if you are a history buff. Give yourself between 1 to 4 hours to get through the self-guided and staff guided... More 

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

This was a very neat place to visit. I would suggest buying the CD at the visitors center that you can play in your car as you drive around the LBJ Ranch on your visit. You can see the birthplace of LBJ, the one-room schoolhouse he attended, and the house that eventually became the Texas "White House" during his presidency.... More 

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Reviewed 9 March 2017

For my birthday, I really wanted to celebrate it in a special way and the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site was just the answer! There are two parts this site: a State Park with an Historic Texas Farm and Visitors Center, and the LBJ Ranch which was the Texas White House during LBJ's Presidency. They are adjacent... More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Went here while in town for a weekend. Learned a lot about the 36th president that I do not remember learning about in school. The ranch is a large one and the house was worth the small fee to tour. The rangers are very knowledgeable about the family and their history. The film at the ranger station is worth watching.... More 

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Reviewed 2 March 2017

It was a beautiful place with a lot of history, enjoyed the scenery and the drive through tour. The presidents plane was an interesting sight. It was cold the day we were there so we didn't venture out much but had a great time and gave you respect for the man Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

A tour of the LBJ ranch and western White House is an absolute must for history buffs. The ranch itself is magnificent and just driving through it gives you a sense of LBJ, the man and an understanding of his deep love for the Texas Hill Country. He and Lady Bird are buried in the family plot on the grounds.... More 

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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed visiting the ranch and taking a tour of the house. Seeing the animals roaming the grounds especially the large brown cows was great. The house was nothing like you would think. It is a simple farm house with,lots of phones. This is not a mansion that you would have expected. Wonderful place to visit.

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

The 1915 living history farm was interesting to go through, and we really enjoyed looking at the Longhorns and the deer---the deer practically walked right up to people. Didn't quite understand the need to get the free permit to enter the National Park---there was no gate and we never saw anyone inspecting cars for the permit, but I guess it... More 

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