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

August 19

Guided Fort Tour

Fort Griffin has quite an extensive history that involves both the military fort, as well as the nearby Wild West town, known as The Flat, that at one time was bigger than Fort Worth and Austin. With a place as significant as Fort Griffin was...

August 19

Stars and Skies of Texas

Fort Griffin has gained quite the reputation for having some of the darkest night skies in all of Texas. Due to the remote location of the site (although only 45 minutes from Abilene), there is minimal light pollution to hinder nighttime viewing...

September 16

Guided Fort Tour

Fort Griffin has quite an extensive history that involves both the military fort, as well as the nearby Wild West town, known as The Flat, that at one time was bigger than Fort Worth and Austin. With a place as significant as Fort Griffin was...

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