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.
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
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
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.
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.