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Address: 1701 N US Highway 283, RR 1, Albany, TX 76430-3712
Phone Number:
+1 325-762-3592
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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We didn't have a lot of time to see everything as we lost track of time and got there late. Loved it though and our children were amazed with the history. Lady at the desk is... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Laura P
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

We didn't have a lot of time to see everything as we lost track of time and got there late. Loved it though and our children were amazed with the history. Lady at the desk is very nice and informative.

Thank Laura P
Dallas, Texas
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We took a weekend trip from Dallas a little west. We had 3 goals. 1) Visit Fort Griffin - we are trying to see all the Forts on the Texas Fort Trail. 2) Fort Griffin State Park hosted their Winter Star Party. 3) See Albany. #1 Fort Griffin is not a restored Fort, it is minimally preserved, but it was,... More 

Thank Jeff C
North Carolina
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64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Nice historical information. Golf cart available to drive. I do not recommend it for young children unless they just want to be outside. This was great for the winter and cooler weather but no shade for blazing heat. There is a nice campground attached. The attendant was great! Nice small museum and gift shop.

Thank Rachel H
Dallas, Texas
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65 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Very nice visitor center with a good introductory film. The exhibits are interesting and informative. The woman at the front desk was very helpful and knowledgable. Be sure and use the golf cart to drive around the grounds - included in the admission price. Worth a visit!

Thank Texasgirl0915
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

This venue is about 15 miles outside of Albany, TX. The drive is quite pleasant and was pretty traffic free the day we visited. There is a lot of history here and the volunteer docent did an outstanding job of giving us some history about the fort and towns and surrounding areas. She was quite the story teller. It is... More 

Thank Gary W
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016 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 

1 Thank Kevin M
Sallisaw, Oklahoma
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 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 

2 Thank rvjoyce
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 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 

Thank Laura M
Morristown, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 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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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 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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