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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 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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Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Great way to start your visit to the LBJ Ranch. This is where you get your free permit to drive throughout the (still working) ranch. Nice gift shop. When you get to the ranch... read more

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Waco, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great way to start your visit to the LBJ Ranch. This is where you get your free permit to drive throughout the (still working) ranch. Nice gift shop. When you get to the ranch, the tour of the main house costs $3 per person. Don't miss that!

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I knew the flowers had already bloomed, but had hoped to see some, and I was not disappointed. The fields were still covered with different flowers. We walked around, and went to the old farm homestead. The park is very pretty. Saw bison in their pen, and several families of deer. Definitely worth a visit. Allow at least an hour... More 

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This is something not to be missed if you love history, beautiful flowers and senic views. It's a very pretty drive and there is much to explore in the area. For a state park it holds it own and it's well worth stopping in for a afternoon visit.

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Here is where you need to pick up a free pass, to be able to enter the national park. We stopped here looked around, picked up our pass and then went out on the grounds for a nice picnic. Drove around through the state park, checking out the other items to see. Then we headed to the Texas White House... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to visit the LBJ ranch rather than the Library. Ranch is in a rural area and very easy to get to. Visitor center run by the National Park Service. Gift shop, information, 25 minute video etc. The actual ranch is a self driving tour. The Texas White House is available by tour only, by just $3.00 per person. Visitor... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive through the LBJ Ranch was beautiful - all 590 acres! We also toured the LBJ Ranch home of the President and Lady Bird, which was also interesting. Though not perfect, LBJ was a very interesting man who accomplished much for America. Our separate tour of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, TX, was one of the... More 

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Worth visiting if you are in the area. We dropped in enroute from San Antonio via Fredricksberg to Austin. Interesting history to see the first working from home president! Stop at the visitors centre to get a free permit then you start a driving tour. The Texas White House tour is only $3.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed visiting and seeing the beautiful Johnson Ranch. Touring their home and the history there, including his cars, firetruck, amphibious car, and airplane was very interesting. Also visited LBJ's boyhood home in Johnson City. Be ready to spend at least 3 hours at their Ranch in Stonewall, as there is a lot to see, including the family cemetery.

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A great find along the way from Fredericksburg to Austin, where we were heading to see the LBJ Presidential Museum and Library. The LBJ Ranch or Texas White House provides wonderful insight into the values and drive instilled into the president and a place where he recharged his batteries. You stop off at the park ranger office to get a... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The "Western White House" of Lyndon B. Johnson is truly a step back into time. You need to go to the Texas State Park and get a parking permit for Historic Site which consists of LBJ's personal home, the airstrip and many livestock buildings. The personal residence is furnished with original pieces owned by the Johnsons and reflects the time... More 

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