LBJ State Park offering free day of outdoor adventure

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

STONEWALL — Sometimes, the hardest thing about trying out an outdoor activity is knowing where to start. Fortunately, the good people at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are taking care of that for you.

On Feb. 22, the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, 199 Park Road 52, is hosting the Outdoor Adventure Showcase, which highlights many activities and several parks.

“This is a family-fun event that gives you the chance to try out a bunch of different things,” said Iris Neffendorf, the LBJ State Park and Historic Site superintendent. “If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go geocaching, throw an atlatl or try out archery for the first time, or maybe you have done archery before but it’s been a while, then you can do that here.”

Admission to the event is free. It runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Neffendorf said, along with her park, there will be TPWD staff from all the other Hill Country parks as well as the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park to highlight activities at those facilities. It’s a one-stop shop to learn about outdoor adventures across the Hill Country.

“The goal is to bring people outdoors and show them all the things that are waiting for them,” Neffendorf said. “Sometimes, it’s just having the chance to try something to find out you really would enjoy it. That’s the goal with this event.”

Along with the archery and altatl, people can fish on the Pedernales River, which runs through the park. The TPWD firetruck will be on display and the game wardens will have their Operation Game Thief Trailer on site.

“We’ll have hands-on demonstrations at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History (Farm), where staff in period costumes will be showing how people lived in the 1800s around here,” Neffendorf added. “There’s just a lot going on. We encourage people to bring a picnic lunch, though there will be some food there, wear comfortable shoes and come expecting to have a good time and learn something.”

The park is located west of Johnson Park on Texas 290. Call (830) 644-2252 ext. 226 or go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson/park_events for more information.

daniel@thepicayune.com