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Address: 1701 North US Hwy 283, RR 1, Albany, TX 76430
Phone Number: +1 325-762-3592
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Rolling plains and historic ruins blend for stargazing, camping and a...

Rolling plains and historic ruins blend for stargazing, camping and a glimpse into Texas' military past at Fort Griffin State Historic Site. Holding command over the Southern Plains, the fort served as one in a line of western defensive forts. Included among the ruins are a mess hall, barracks, first sergeant's quarters, bakery, powder magazine and hand-dug well. fort Griffin is also home to the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd, the breed that helped create the mythical Texas cowboy. For a true taste of the old west, the site offers camping, fishing, hiking, and historical reenactments.

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Texas Frontier History - post Civil War

Very nice visitor center with a good introductory film. The exhibits are interesting and informative. The woman at the front desk was very helpful and knowledgable. Be sure and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice visitor center with a good introductory film. The exhibits are interesting and informative. The woman at the front desk was very helpful and knowledgable. Be sure and use the golf cart to drive around the grounds - included in the admission price. Worth a visit!

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Abilene
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This venue is about 15 miles outside of Albany, TX. The drive is quite pleasant and was pretty traffic free the day we visited. There is a lot of history here and the volunteer docent did an outstanding job of giving us some history about the fort and towns and surrounding areas. She was quite the story teller. It is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

This place is well worth the drive. The visitors center is really nice and has a very good interpretive program about the Fort and history of the area and the 1874 Red River campaign. The park staff is very friendly and knowledgable and even loaned us a golf cart to tour the grounds on a very hot July day. It's... More 

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Sallisaw, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised at our visit. The curator has family roots back to days when the Fort was in operation and is a interesting guide as she leads you around the property via a map. Golf carts are provided for visitors to enjoy every area of the Fort. There are markers explaining what you are visiting. Inside the visitor... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

I actually stumbled across this historical park driving back from Abilene TX to OKC wanting to take a different route for a change. I must say I was surprised at how nicely done the museum was built and the movies/displays that were part of the museum in telling the story. The lady in the welcome center was super nice and... More 

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Morristown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

We stayed at the campground and did a walking tour. Jane at the welcome center explained in great detail the history of the site and the area; also, she made available to us a golf cart so we didn't have to worry about walking too much in the heat. Great history surrounding the time of the wild wild west, cattle... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

Went to the most recent regular Star Party. Cannot recommend these highly enough! The park has a great dark sky -- you can see the Milky Way as a 3-D object with the naked eye. Local astronomers bring scopes and binoculars, and share the wonders of the stars with all. Gate fee is a very reasonable $4 per person. We... More 

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Flower Mound, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Dark enough to see the Milky Way in the summer months. More stars than you can imagine. The staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the history and area. The old structures make fantastic foregrounds for Astrophotography. Then there are the longhorns, majestic not skittish about people.

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

We went to Ft. Griffin for a few days of camping in our Casita travel trailer. The camping facilities are very good. Everything worked. We were there during the wee and there were only 3-4 sites with campers. Visited the Fort during the day and made numerous road trips to surrounding towns. Camping area is very well maintained and attractive.... More 

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Dallas, TX
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

As another reviewer stated, there is not much of this historic fort still standing. The visitors center is very informative and tells the history of Fort Griffin from 1867 to 1881 and it's role in protecting the Texas frontier settlers. The area established near the fort, named "the Flats" was a wild lawless town with a history as interesting as... More 

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