Fort Griffin State Historic Site

A little boy checks out the longhorns. The fort ruins at night. The visitors center. An exhibit inside the visitors center.

1701 N. U.S. Hwy. 283
Albany, TX 76430
GPS: N32° 55' 11" W99° 13' 45.4"
325-762-3592
ft-griffin@thc.texas.gov

 

Driving map to Fort Griffin.

Holding command over the Southern Plains, Fort Griffin served as one in a line of western defensive forts from 1867 to 1881. Remnants of the fort remain today at Fort Griffin State Historic Site, which is also home to the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd and offers camping, fishing, hiking, stargazing, and living history. 

Among the fort's ruins are a mess hall, barracks, first sergeant’s quarters, bakery, powder magazine, and hand-dug well that are all deeply tied to Texas history. The campgrounds, located on the banks of the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, provide visitors with an opportunity to relax under large shade trees, enjoy the playground, catch catfish in the river, or hike nature trails connected to the campground. Due to the vast ranches surrounding the property, Fort Griffin has minimal light pollution. The result is an astronomer’s oasis with great skies for viewing constellations, planets, and galaxies at Fort Griffin’s monthly stargazing events.

Fort Griffin is a State Archeological Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Upcoming Events

September 24

Fort Griffin Horns and Tales Longhorn Program

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear history and tales from the cattle drives and early ranching. Learn about Texas Longhorn cattle and experience a living part of...

October 1

Fort Griffin Horns and Tales Longhorn Program

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear history and tales from the cattle drives and early ranching. Learn about Texas Longhorn cattle and experience a living part of...

October 7

Living History Days

Education Day

Education day for area schools will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016. If you are a teacher, home school parent, or school administrator wishing to have your students attend our 2016 program, please contact Eric Abercrombie...

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