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Abilene State Park


150 Park Road 32
Tuscola TX 79562

Phone: 325/572-3204

Elevation: 1,738 feet


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Area Attractions: Fort Griffin State Historic Site; and Buffalo Gap, which was the original Taylor County Seat (1878) and one of the early frontier settlements through which passed the famous Butterfield Stage Route (also called the Southern Overland Mail Route). (Buffalo Gap was also on the Western or Goodnight Loving Trail over which pioneer Texas cattlemen drove their herds to the Kansas railhead.

This traffic is understandable, considering Buffalo Gap lies at a natural pass through a chain of hills.) Other nearby points of interest include Lake Abilene, the Grace Cultural Center with the Abilene Fine Arts Museum, Historical Museum, and Children's Museum; Paramount Theater; Abilene Zoological Gardens; Dyess Air Force Base's vintage aircraft; Buffalo Gap Historic Village; and a monthly art walk in downtown Abilene.

Abilene State ParkFacilities: Facilities include restrooms with and without showers; a playground area; a summertime 40' x 110' swimming pool; a 10' x 30' wading pool for children; a game area with a sand volleyball pit; a horseshoe pit; a basketball goal; a large open area for baseball, soccer, football, and kite flying.

The park has recently added 3 yurts (enhanced shelters). The yurts have a double/single bunk bed with mattresses, fold out sofa, a microwave, & a night stand. Outside they have a picnic table, fire ring, and water spigot. One of the yurts is ADA accessible.

There are developed campsites with water nearby with a table, a grill, individual site parking; campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity; a group trailer area (sites with water and electricity); large trailer sites with water and electricity; a one-mile nature trail; trailer dump stations; and screened shelters. Special rates are available; seasonal camping fees December through February.

There are group recreation halls for day or overnight use (air-conditioned); group day-use areas (picnic tables under moderate shade. The swimming pool and concession are open Wednesday - Sunday, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Pool hours are 11 AM - 7 PM. The Swimming pool is available for rental - inquire at the park headquarters. There is no fee for swimming with paid entry. The park staff operates a Texas State Park Store where they sell ice, T-shirts, caps, wildlife posters, and other items.

Natural Features: Abilene is in a semi-arid region of short prairie grass, brushland, and wooded stream valleys of mesquite, juniper, cedar, native pecan, elm, live oaks, hackberry, Texas red oak, red bud, and various other plants, and wildflowers.

Wildlife observation and photography include white-tailed deer, raccoon, armadillo, fox, squirrel, cottontail rabbit, and a large variety of birds including Mississippi kite, roadrunner, cardinal, hummingbird, mockingbird, and many others. Popular fish include bass, crappie, catfish, and perch.

Directions: To reach the park, travel 16 miles southwest of Abilene, through Buffalo Gap, on FM 89, then on Park Road 32 to the park entrance.

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