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Address: 1701 N US Highway 283, RR 1, Albany, TX 76430-3712
Phone Number: 13257623592
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Great place to visit

This place is well worth the drive. The visitors center is really nice and has a very good interpretive program about the Fort and history of the area and the 1874 Red River... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kevin M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is well worth the drive. The visitors center is really nice and has a very good interpretive program about the Fort and history of the area and the 1874 Red River campaign. The park staff is very friendly and knowledgable and even loaned us a golf cart to tour the grounds on a very hot July day. It's... More 

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Sallisaw, Oklahoma
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised at our visit. The curator has family roots back to days when the Fort was in operation and is a interesting guide as she leads you around the property via a map. Golf carts are provided for visitors to enjoy every area of the Fort. There are markers explaining what you are visiting. Inside the visitor... More 

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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I actually stumbled across this historical park driving back from Abilene TX to OKC wanting to take a different route for a change. I must say I was surprised at how nicely done the museum was built and the movies/displays that were part of the museum in telling the story. The lady in the welcome center was super nice and... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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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 

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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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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.

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1 Thank tdhat
Midland, Texas
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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 

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Dallas, TX
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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 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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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.

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