Fort Griffin State Historic Site
Albany, Texas (Shackelford County)

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About the State Historic Site

Fort Griffin was established in 1867 and provided protection to area settlements until it was closed in 1881. Once a waypoint for cattle drives headed north, the Fort is now home to the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd.

Visitors enjoy activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, wildlife observation and stargazing. Several full-hookup RV campsites and over two dozen tent campsites are available, as well as 5-acres accessible to primitive campers. Restrooms with shower facilities are available in the developed campground.

Available Tours:
Texas Longhorn Herd Presentation:
For reservations, call (325)762-2356 or contact at least one week prior to your desired date.
Guided Fort Tour:
For reservations, call (325)762-3592 or contact at least one week prior to your desired date.


Fort Griffin is located 40 miles northeast of Abilene and 150 miles west of Fort Worth. To reach the historic site, travel 15 miles north of Albany on U.S. Highway 83.

The nearest major Texas cities are: Dallas, Abilene, Lubbock

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32.922778° Latitude    -99.224722° Longitude (WGS84/NAD83; decimal degrees)
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Open 7 days a week year-round from 8 AM to 5 PM (8 PM from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Thursday-Saturday.)

The park is closed on Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day.


A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $4 per person for adults 19 years of age and older; $3 per person (ages 6 to 18) for students with a valid school ID. Listed fees may not be accurate year-round due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.

Campsite, guided tours and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Call (325)762-3592 to learn about volunteer opportunities at the historic site, or contact the Friends of Fort Griffin.

Official Contact Information

The State Historic Site is managed by the Texas Historical Commission.

Texas Historical Commission Fort Griffin State Historic Site
1701 North U.S. Highway 283
Albany, TX 76430

Telephone: (325)762-3592