This Hill Country town may be small, but it boasts some of the biggest personalities in Texas. While it wasn’t named after him, this community was the home of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States of America.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park
To learn about his roots, visit the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and start in town at LBJ’s Boyhood home where he developed his love for politics and also see the Johnson Settlement where Johnson’s grandfather lived during the Chisholm Trail Days. Then follow Highway 290 West and visit the Texas White House to tour the ranch and beautiful home that LBJ called home when not in Washington and see the big live oaks in the front yard where LBJ used to host cabinet meetings. Also don’t miss the Texas State Park which is also on the site.
The Sculpture Ranch and Galleries
In between Stonewall and Johnson City, Johnson’s old hunting ranch has been converted into an indoor-outdoor 140-acre gallery of artworks featuring over 40 artists. It’s amazing to see these ecclectic art pieces mixed with the natural beauty of the Hill Country.
Whittington's Jerky and General Store
Of course, a day trip this epic deserves a snack that’s just as epic. Stop by Whittington’s to pick up a stick of jerky which has been making all kinds of jerky (from beef to pork to turkey) for 50 years! It’s some of the best in Texas!
All this travel will certainly make you hungry, so head into town and grab some grub at Ronnie’s BBQ. Once a convenience store, the BBQ slowly took over everything else, and today you’ll find it packed with locals looking for some of Ronnie’s legendary ‘que.
Pecan Street Brewing
This brewpub has amazing craft beer on tap along with delicious menu items like brick oven pizza and my personal favorite: Pecan Sweet Fried Chicken, which is a fried chicken breast topped with honey butter and pecans! It is killer!
Pedernales Falls State Park
If you are looking to head outdoors, go to Pedernales Falls State Park and take in the natural beauty of the Hill Country. See the namesake, Pedernales Falls, where the clear blue waters of the Pedernales River cascade over limestone slides from pool to pool — you can explore it on a hike or just relax next to it.
Johnson City, TX