Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site

The swimming pool will close for the season at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. 

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site

Things to Do

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.

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. For group tours, call (830) 644-2252, Ext. 229.

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 siteCheck 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.

Area Attractions

Nearby state parks include Old Tunnel,  Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Honey Creek State Natural Area, Blanco State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park, and Guadalupe River State Park. Other attractions include Johnson City, where LBJ's boyhood home and the National Park Service Visitor Center are located, Johnson Settlement just west of the boyhood home, which includes a cluster of stone barns and buildings constructed by LBJ's grandfather, Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr., and Sam's brother Tom. Nearby Fredericksburg, founded in 1846, has many excellent examples of German architecture, shops, restaurants, and several bakeries. Fredericksburg is also home to the National Museum of the Pacific War, which includes the Admiral Nimitz Museum, the George Bush Gallery, and many more features and exhibits.

The rich heritage of German culture is evident throughout the Texas Hill Country, where Texans of German descent proudly maintain links with the past. In Fredericksburg, some of the tourist attractions which reflect German culture are the Pioneer Museum, the Verein Kirche and the Peter Tatsch Home. Other historical buildings and activities are found throughout the Hill Country, especially in older, predominantly German settlements such as Boerne and New Braunfels.

P.O. Box 238
Stonewall, TX 78671

Latitude: 30.237728

Longitude: -98.626319

(830) 644-2252

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900
Reserve by fax

Hours

The nature trail, grounds, and day-use picnic areas are open until dark.

 

Park buildings are open
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. year-round, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

 

Swimming pool is open from noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, from June 7 - August 15, 2014. 

 

Office Hours

Open daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Busy Season

Spring and summer

Maps & Publications
Climate

January average low temperature is 36 degrees. July average high temperature is 95 degrees.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

1197 feet

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