Hill Country Sunset

The Lakes and Hills of the Highland Lakes, in the heart of the Central Texas Hill Country, is the ideal destination for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime.  Adventure, recreation, fun in the sun and hill country hospitality await you in every Highland Lakes community.   We invite you to come enjoy Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, the Colorado River, the Llano River, hundreds of things to do, places to shop, eat and sleep.   With over 1,800 square miles of lakes and hills, the Highland Lakes region is one of the largest playgrounds in Texas.

STATE AND NATIONAL PARKS IN THE HIGHLAND LAKES REGION OF CENTRAL TEXAS

 

LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK - JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS

 

 

Operating Hours, Seasons
The park is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Visitor Center is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Various guided tours of the LBJ Boyhood Home in Johnson City are offered seven days a week.

Self-guided tours of the Johnson Settlement, also in Johnson City, are available from 9:00 a.m. until sunset seven days a week. Costumed or ranger-guided interpretive tours of the Johnson Settlement are offered as staffing permits.

Bus tours of the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days a week. Bus Tours are $3 per person, children 6 and under are free. At this time we cannot accept credit cards as payment for ranch tour tickets. Bus tours last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. After hours self-guided tours of a portion of the Ranch are available seven days a week from 5:00 p.m. until dusk.

Getting There
CAR - To Park Headquarters and the Visitor Center in Johnson City: From Austin, take Highway 290 westbound. At the signal light in Johnson City, turn left (still on 290), towards Fredericksburg. Go three blocks and turn left on Avenue F. Go two blocks and turn right onto Ladybird Lane. The parking lot and visitor center are on the left.

From San Antonio, take Highway 281 northbound until it joins Highway 290 and follow the above directions from the signal light in Johnson City to the Visitor Center.

From Fredericksburg, take Highway 290 eastbound to Johnson City. After passing the blinking traffic light, go two blocks and turn right onto Avenue F. Follow the above directions for parking.

Note: You will pass the LBJ Ranch District before you get to Johnson City -- see next direction.

To the LBJ Ranch:
From Park Headquarters in Johnson City, take Highway 290 fourteen miles westbound to the LBJ State Park and Historic Site. Tickets for the LBJ Ranch bus tour are purchased at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center near Stonewall. At this time, we cannot accept credit cards as payment for the ranch tour tickets.

Weather & Climate
Overall, the park enjoys a sunny, mild climate during three seasons of the year. The rainy month is usually April. Winter temperatures are usually in the 50s; snow and ice are rare. Summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees in July and August, with high humidity. Lightweight clothing and sunscreen are advisable in the summer months, and walking shoes are recommended for those touring the Johnson Settlement.

Accessibility
Most facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible. Closed captioning is provided for the two videos in the Visitor Center.

Getting Around
To get to the LBJ Ranch from Park Headquarters, take Highway 290 fourteen miles westbound to the LBJ State Historical Park. Tickets for the LBJ Ranch bus tour are purchased at the State Park Visitor Center.

FEES/PERMITS

Activity Fee
LBJ RANCH BUS TOUR
$3.00 for One Time
There is no fee to visit the Johnson City District. Donations are gratefully accepted. There is a $3.00 per person fee to take the bus tour of the LBJ Ranch for persons who are seven years old or older. At this time we cannot accept credit cards as payment for ranch tour tickets. Younger children are free. Bus tours last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

LBJ RANCH GROUP TOURS
$3.00 for One Time
Reservations for educational programs and groups of 15 or more people are necessary. Commercial filming and photography permits are arranged on an individual basis, as are requests for any other special uses of the park. Contact the park for more information, 830-868-7128 ext. 231.

FACILITIES

JOHNSON CITY DISTRICT
Open All Year
Location - Johnson City, Texas
Available Facilities - The Visitor Center in Johnson City contains a permanent exhibit gallery that showcases Lyndon Johnson's life and accomplishments. It includes a world events timeline, a display depicting the highlights of LBJ's Great Society programs, and a tribute to Mrs. "Lady Bird" Johnson. Also offered are two video presentations, both 30 minutes in length. One is about the Johnson Administration, the other, about Mrs. Johnson's life and achievements. Johnson Settlement: Lyndon Johnson's grandfather and great-uncle established a cattle droving headquarters here in the 1860s. Their log cabin and subsequent barns, cooler house, and windmill are still here. There is also a modern exhibit center focusing on the cattle business, early Johnson family and settlement history, and Hill Country survival. A chuckwagon and longhorn cattle round out the "cowboy" atmosphere. Lyndon Johnson's Boyhood Home: The former president lived here from the age of five until his high school graduation in 1924. The home is furnished in the early to mid-1920s period and as such depicts a rural Texas lifestyle of 75 years ago.

LBJ RANCH
Open All Year
Location - 3 miles east of Stonewall, Texas on Highway 290
Available Facilities - Bus tours of the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days a week. After hours self-guided tours of a portion of the Ranch are available seven days a week from 5:00 p.m. until dusk. The LBJ Ranch House, known as the Texas White House, was the home of President Johnson and a center of political activity for more than 20 years. Today, Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson resides here. The Reconstructed Birthplace was built by President Johnson in 1964 on the site where he was born in 1908. The Johnsons furnished the home with family memorabilia and used it as a guest cottage. Along with his ancestors, President Johnson was buried at the Johnson Family Cemetery. Lyndon Johnson first attended classes in the one-room Junction School House at the age of four. And as president, he signed into law the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at the same one-room school. Registered Hereford cattle graze at the ranch and are displayed at the Show Barn.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email - LYJO_Superintendent@nps.gov
Fax- 830-868-7863

Write to

P.O. Box 329
Johnson City, TX 78636

Phone

Visitor Information - 830 868 7128 ext.244

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