Blanco County

Colorado River Trail

​Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, Blanco County is known for its rugged landscape and ranches. The county is the childhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The area boasts a captivating waterfall in Pedernales State Park a​nd a wide variety of wildlife.

Featured attractions

  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
    LBJ's boyhood home in Johnson City recreates what it was like for the former president to grow up in the Texas Hill Country. The home contains Johnson family household items and period furniture. In the nearby Johnson settlement, established by the president's grandfather and great-uncle, is the family's original 1856 cabin.
  • Pedernales Falls State Park
    This 4,800-acre park has abundant wildlife, including more than 150 species of birds. The falls are best viewed from a scenic overlook at the north end of the park. Facilities are available for fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, nature studying and camping.
  • Blanco State Park
    This 110-acre park on the Blanco River has facilities for fishing, swimming, camping and picnicking. Screened shelters, rest rooms and showers are available.
  • Historic Downtown Blanco
    The town square is on the National Register of Historic Places and is joined to the Blanco State Park by a two-block city park with a nature trail featuring a xeriscape garden. Located on the square, is the Old Blanco County Courthouse that was built in 1885. Blanco was the county seat from 1858 to 1891.
  • Historic Downtown Johnson City
    Established on the Pedernales River in 1878-79, Johnson City was named for pioneering Johnson families and ancestors of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The county seat moved here in 1891.The current Blanco County Courthouse was built in 1916 on the town square in Johnson City. The courthouse was built by James Waterston, a stone mason trained in Scotland, who came to Texas in 1883 to work on the construction of the State Capitol Building.


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Did you know?

Blanco County was first settled by pioneer stockmen, former Texas Rangers, immigrants and their families starting in 1853.

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