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Hill Country Magic Tour
"A working cattle ranch true to how it existed in the 1860's.A reconstruction of his birthplace that President Johnson personally oversaw.The ranch is also the site of the former President's final resting place.In the spring behold the beauty of Texas wildflowers a longtime project of Mrs. Johnson's.Come along and enjoy the culture beauty and history of this unique area. The exhibits and history of the ranch give visitors a thorough look at the life of an American president.The tour continues along scenic Hill Country backroads to the charming German community of Fredericksb once the edge of the frontier and home to brave German pioneers beginning in the mid-1800's. Lunch is on your own at one of the many fine restaurants in Fredericksburg
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Hill Country Magic Tour
"A working cattle ranch true to how it existed in the 1860's.A reconstruction of his birthplace that President Johnson personally oversaw.The ranch is also the site of the former President's final resting place.In the spring behold the beauty of Texas wildflowers a longtime project of Mrs. Johnson's.Come along and enjoy the culture beauty and history of this unique area. The exhibits and history of the ranch give visitors a thorough look at the life of an American president.The tour continues along scenic Hill Country backroads to the charming German community of Fredericksb once the edge of the frontier and home to brave German pioneers beginning in the mid-1800's. Lunch is on your own at one of the many fine restaurants in Fredericksburg
From $96.00
 
Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From San Antonio
"Travel along the beautiful scenic backroads of the Texas Hill Country with a stop at Johnson City where you'll visit LBJ's boyhood home. Only a short distance away is the town of Stonewall the peach capital of Texas and home to the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. Enjoy a tour of the LBJ Ranch located along the picturesque Pedernales River.During your tour you will discover how the German migration of the 1840s and 1850s influenced the development of this picturesque area. You will hear about the role of the Texas cowboy and the great cattle drives from South Texas to mid-western markets and you'll learn about the legacies of both LBJ—America’s 36th President—and Lady Bird
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Optional High View Walk from Hot Springs

If you would like a longer walk, instead of returning the way you came after visiting the Hot Springs continue on past the springs. You will come to a fork. The left fork loops up onto the top of the bluff, from which you will have great views of the Canyon and the springs below. Follow this trail back to the Hot Springs parking lot. If you choose this route the Hot Springs hike becomes an enjoyable 1 mile walk.

My photo shows the view From the High View Hot Springs return route.

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KimberlyAnn
Sep 14, 2011

Ruins of the Resort

In 1901 a homesteader named J. Langford decided this would be a nice place to build a resort. He built a home here and added a motel and a general store/post office in 1927. The resort was popular until around the Depression and World War 2 when attendance rapidly declined. Today all that is left are ruins of the building and the springs. You can see these by driving down a norrow dirt road with steep drop-offs then walking down a short trail that leads by the river.

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Basaic
Nov 02, 2010

You Have the Option of Taking a Soak

Today, many people still bring swimming suits and water shoes to soak in the warm water. When we were there, the pool was very shallow, and there was a brown slimy looking mud. Even so there was a man sitting in the warm water. When the spring was operating as a health resort they advertised the natural waters as The Fountain of Youth that Ponce de Leon Failed to Find. It was also advertised that the waters could cure such things as rheumatism, eczema, indigestion, diabetes, alcoholism, tobacco poisoning, urinary diseases, as well as liver, kidney, and bladder problems. In the photo, taken by my husband, you see a view of the hot springs from the optional High View Walk.

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KimberlyAnn
May 13, 2005

Historic Buildings in Hot Springs

As you walk the trail to the hot springs you will pass a number of historic buildings. Be sure to stop and look inside the old motel. Many of the rooms have paintings on the walls. The photo, taken by my husband, shows a painted wall inside one of the rooms. Also look for the pictographs that can be seen near this old motor lodge.

The Photo was taken by my husband.

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KimberlyAnn
May 13, 2005
 
 
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Hot Springs Historic Walk

This is an easy one quarter mile trail which takes you past the historic remains of the store/post office, the old motor lodge, the bath house remains, and a hot springs. In 1901 J. Langford a homesteader, built a house on top of the bluff, and developed a small health resort around the natural 105 degree hot springs. Later in 1927 he added a motel and a general store, which also served as the United States Post Office.

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KimberlyAnn
May 13, 2005

Hot Springs Trail

This is an easy flat 6 miles (9.5 km) roundtrip that links Rio Grande Village to hot springs along the Rio Grande. I did only part of it, starting at the hot springs. The main interesting features are the old bath houses from the beginning of the XXth century, a little bit of indian rock art (signs along the trail), and the mud bird nests on the cliff! (made by cliff swallows).

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XenoHumph
Oct 09, 2003

The Springs

Today there seems to be a layer of mud on the bottom of the soaking area but that does not stop people from throwing on a bathingsuit and trying out the water. Maybe this is therapeutic mud?

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Basaic
Nov 02, 2010

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