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Address: 1701 North US Hwy 283, RR 1, Albany, TX 76430
Phone Number: 13257623592
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Rolling plains and historic ruins blend for stargazing, camping and a...

Rolling plains and historic ruins blend for stargazing, camping and a glimpse into Texas' military past at Fort Griffin State Historic Site. Holding command over the Southern Plains, the fort served as one in a line of western defensive forts. Included among the ruins are a mess hall, barracks, first sergeant's quarters, bakery, powder magazine and hand-dug well. fort Griffin is also home to the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd, the breed that helped create the mythical Texas cowboy. For a true taste of the old west, the site offers camping, fishing, hiking, and historical reenactments.

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Good stop on the way to Albany

We saw the sign for the fort and decided to go see what was there. It was well worth the detour. There is a lot of history to the fort. It has been a few years since we went there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2014
Jay O
Sugar Land, Texas
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We stayed at the campground and did a walking tour. Jane at the welcome center explained in great detail the history of the site and the area; also, she made available to us a golf cart so we didn't have to worry about walking too much in the heat. Great history surrounding the time of the wild wild west, cattle... More 

Thank Lisa O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Went to the most recent regular Star Party. Cannot recommend these highly enough! The park has a great dark sky -- you can see the Milky Way as a 3-D object with the naked eye. Local astronomers bring scopes and binoculars, and share the wonders of the stars with all. Gate fee is a very reasonable $4 per person. We... More 

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Flower Mound, Texas
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213 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Dark enough to see the Milky Way in the summer months. More stars than you can imagine. The staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the history and area. The old structures make fantastic foregrounds for Astrophotography. Then there are the longhorns, majestic not skittish about people.

Thank tdhat
Midland, Texas
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168 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We went to Ft. Griffin for a few days of camping in our Casita travel trailer. The camping facilities are very good. Everything worked. We were there during the wee and there were only 3-4 sites with campers. Visited the Fort during the day and made numerous road trips to surrounding towns. Camping area is very well maintained and attractive.... More 

1 Thank Arlon M
Dallas, TX
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333 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

As another reviewer stated, there is not much of this historic fort still standing. The visitors center is very informative and tells the history of Fort Griffin from 1867 to 1881 and it's role in protecting the Texas frontier settlers. The area established near the fort, named "the Flats" was a wild lawless town with a history as interesting as... More 

1 Thank texasrepublichistory
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Fort Griffin museum and park ruined our Hollywood inspired idea of West Texas forts of the 1860s. There were no walls, no raised firing positions, no enclosed square etc. The fort site was fronted by a wonderful new entrance building with an informative curator. The fort location was disappointing. It was a large almost empty piece of land with a... More 

Thank James M
Sugar Land, Texas
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89 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

We saw the sign for the fort and decided to go see what was there. It was well worth the detour. There is a lot of history to the fort. It has been a few years since we went there but I would go there again when I am in the area.

Thank Jay O
Big Spring, TX
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101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

After reading the post before mine, I was really wondering if it was going to be any good. Luckily, my friend had gone earlier and recommended it. Yes, some of the building are not standing and you do have to walk a little bit. However, they have several golf carts you can use. I found the lady to be quite... More 

4 Thank Janet79720
Wichita Falls, Texas
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

once again a great historical place to take family the grandkids enjoyed the day.

3 Thank BillandLinda246
Abilene, Texas
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

Old or run down historic houses. Nice field trip idea though

Thank Tiffany S

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