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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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Excellent place to visit to get an understanding of the 36th President who achieved so much, but is always overshadowed by his predecessor. Beautiful ranch with guided tours for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 March 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

This is a beautiful and quiet place to visit if you have the time. On the way to their home, you drive around the ranch, watching for the steer that may be sitting in the road.The Johnsons are buried in the family cemetery here. The house is a flashback to the 60's. The hangar where he kept his plane is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Excellent place to visit to get an understanding of the 36th President who achieved so much, but is always overshadowed by his predecessor. Beautiful ranch with guided tours for $3. Lots to see including his presidential jet. Well worth a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

With no particular interest in LBJ's family history, we were pleasantly surprised by this historical gem. Both the beautiful property itself, plus a glimpse into the life of this tireless president were well worth the stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

The entire state park and historic site are wonderful, and easy to see in an afternoon. Be sure to carve out time to visit the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm on site to go back 100 years to experience German-Texan heritage. See how the families preserved fresh milk by processing into various cheeses. A pail of fresh milk was made to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

We continued our LBJ tour with the LBJ Ranch Driving Tour. There is a film which is probably good to see first. Then you get in your own car with a brochure and drive to see the sites listed. You can take as much time as you want at each site. Near the end of the tour, you can take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

The whole Park and area is quite stunning. The Reconstructed Boyhood Home, The First School Room and the Burial Ground. The story and pictures of LBJ returning when President to the School and signing an Education Act in front of the School Room in the presence of his first teacher is quite inspiring. All the displays are well done and,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

This park is way more than I anticipated. For the price and all the scenery and history you get to see you'll leave completely enchanted. The park is huge and you get to see where President Johnson lived and how he lived.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

Visiting Lyndon Johnson's ranch provides a deeper understanding of this great man and his complex legacy. The attachment to the Hill Country, its people, and its distinctive landscape comes alive, when on is surrounded by the live oaks, pecan groves, and cattle herds along the Pedernales River. On the day of my visit in January 2016 the weather was unusually... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Interesting tour of the LBJ Ranch and Home aka "Texas White House". NOTE! Hang onto your hat! It's extremely windy out here on the ranch! We were surprised that it wasn't at all grand. It's a comfortable, fairly ordinary ranch house on a ranch that is STILL a "working ranch". I was surprised to see that the Johnsons weren't at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped here on our way to San Antonio. The park has free admission. We toured both parts --The Sauer Beckmann farm and the LBJ Ranch. The farm is a working farm. The workers there were very friendly and very informative. You can tour all the buildings on the site. They actually grow or raise all their... More 

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