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"


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 28

Guided Fort Tour

Fort Griffin has an extensive history involving both the military fort, as well as the nearby ghost town, known as The Flat, that at one time was the largest town between Dallas and El Paso. With a place as significant as Fort Griffin was, there...

September 28

Stars and Skies of Texas: Star Party

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...

October 11

Living History Days

Join us for our annual Fort Griffin Living History Days!

Education Day

Education day for area schools will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019. If you are a teacher, home school parent, or school administrator wishing to...

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