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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: +1 830-644-2252
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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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Texas White House

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our third presidents home that we visited along our way to Arizona. This had to be the best of all. The home was as amazing, it was just as it was during LBJ's presidency. Lady Bird live here until her death 34 years after LBJ. We were really lucky to have two people who worked for the president... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This tour offers presidential history and much more. The setting in the Texas Hill country is beautiful, and offers a glimpse of what life was like on a working ranch. Driving the grounds is free, and the tour of LBJ's home is a very reasonable $3. You see where he spent much of his time as President, and the tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the LBJ State Park and Historic Site in mid-October so there was no crowd. The staff at the visitor center were helpful. You need to obtain a permit (no charge) to so a self-guided driving tour through the State Park and onto the LBJ Ranch (Texas White House), the Johnson birthplace and cemetery, Stonewall churches, etc. Tour of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped in to get the free parking pass. I am not sure why. We were on our through this little park to get the LBJ Ranch National Park. This park had demonstrations for the life of the times. This would be nice for kids, I think, but not for us. Best thing to know is that it is free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My wife and I enjoyed a couple of hours touring the ground and history of Lyndon Johnson presidency. If you like Presidential libraries, history in general, or want a peak back in time to the 1960's visit this park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We are presidential history buffs and this was absolutely fantastic. Kind of in the middle of nowhere but that's what makes it exceptional in some ways. A long haul for us to go there but worth it in every way. Reminded us that even Presidents are just people too.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Enjoyed the tour of the Texas White House. Original furnishings. Small airplane used as an Air Force One open for tours

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