Fredericksburg Journals

An LBJ Weekend in the Texas Hill Country

A May 2005 trip to Fredericksburg by LONDJC

Quote: In what was the first day of what I dubbed my "All LBJ" weekend, I visited Johnson City, Stonewall, and Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country.

An LBJ Weekend in the Texas Hill Country

Overview

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The Texas Hill Country provides some very scenic countryside and makes for a very pleasant venue for driving and exploring. Highlights included Pedernales Falls State Park, the LBJ Ranch, and a walk through Fredericksburg.

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A car is definitely required.

The Hilltop Cafe

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Restaurant

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While not strictly in Fredericksburg, the Hilltop Cafe is a very quick 10-mile drive north on Highway 87. Located in what appears to be a converted gas station, the restaurant appears to draw crowds from miles around with its eclectic decor and menu that is a mixture of Greek (spanakopita, flaming cheese, etc.) and Cajun, with a number of other "hybrid" dishes thrown in. The quality of the food is very good overall, and the menu places an admirably high emphasis on locally raised produce. A good range of specials supplements a pretty extensive regular menu. I thought that my food was very well-prepared but nothing more extraordinary than anything I have eaten in other restaurants. I ordered ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

The Hilltop Cafe
Highway 87
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
(830) 997-8922

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Just a few miles out of Johnson City, heading towards Austin is the very scenic Pedernales Falls State Park, home to some very attractive waterfalls as the Pedernales River spills over rocky outcroppings. While nowhere near the size of Niagara Falls (these falls are caused more by a gradual decline in the land rather than a sheer drop), the relevant portion of the Pedernales River is nestled in some very attractive countryside. The Falls are a very short and leisurely walk from the parking facilities and access to the actual riverbank is very easy. The park also appears to provide camping and sporting facilities although I only visited the Falls themselves. There is a user fee of 4 d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026 Off Highway 290
Fredericksburg, Texas 78636
(830) 868-7304

LBJ National Historic Park - LBJ Ranch

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Attraction | "The LBJ Ranch - LBJ National Historic Park"

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The LBJ National Historic Park is actually divided into two sites - the LBJ Boyhood Home (and attached visitor centre) in Johnson City, TX, and the LBJ Ranch and birthplace site in Stonewall, about 10 miles west of Johnson City on Hwy. 290. The Johnson City site provides a better introduction to the life and work of LBJ since the Visitor Centre contains a quite well laid out museum and theatre with a film about his life. Visitors can tour his boyhood home a short walk away. Access to the LBJ ranch is provided only by a NPS tour bus (costs six dollars per person). The tour takes you to LBJ's birthplace (actually a reconstruction of the original), the Johnson family cemetery (in which LBJ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

LBJ National Historic Park - LBJ Ranch
Stonewall, TX
Fredericksburg, Texas 78636
(830) 868-7128