Fort Griffin State Historic Park provides a fascinating glimpse into Texas's past, as well as its present.
A former US Cavalry fort, it now serves as a place to enjoy nature and journey into history. The park is less than an hour's drive from Abilene and roughly two hours' drive from Fort Worth, making it an ideal day trip or road trip stop.
Visitors to Fort Griffin State Historic Park have many options, from fishing and bird watching, to sand volleyball and hiking, to historical exhibits. Camping grounds are available, as are supplies for cookouts. Additionally, the park is home to Texas's official herd of longhorn cattle; visitors can ask for the herd to be gathered for viewing, and partake in educational programs about the cattle.
The park was initially a US Cavalry fort, operating between 1867 and 1881. The nearby town of Fort Griffin was known as one of the wildest towns in Texas (or for that matter, the west at large), with its mixture of soldiers, hunters, gamblers, saloon girls, and outlaws. After the fort was abandoned in 1881, the town slowly became abandoned as well. Today, Fort Griffin State Historic Park celebrates both its history as an outpost of the wild west, as well as engaging with the area's natural beauty.
Attractions near the park include Abilene's Grace Museum and Frontier Texas history museum, Albany's Old Jail Art Center, and Possum Kingdom State Park. Fort Griffin State Historic Park's combination of history and outdoor recreation makes it a must-visit.