Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $30.00
Fort Griffin State Historic Site is located 15 miles north of Albany, Texas. It features a visitors center, partially restored grounds, the official herd of the state of Texas longhorns and campground. The park was a Texas State Park from 1936 until 2008 when the State Historical Society took over operations. The campground has 28 sites (1-20 water & electric and 21-28 full hookups). WE sites $20/night and FHU sites $22/night plus $4/person entrance fee. State Park Passes are not recognized. Sites are spacious. #13 & 20 have steps down to the Clear Fork of the Brazos River. They have golf carts available to tour the restoration area. The visitors center was recently remodeled and the displays are excellent. The deserted town of Fort Griffin is just outside the park with some restored buildings by private individuals. At 2PM daily they call the longhorns and give an educational program about longhorn cattle. We were in site #22 which will soon be turned into the park managers home site. Highly recommended this park. We camped at Fort Griffin State Park & Historic Site in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $23.00
The prior reviews are right on. This is a beautiful place to stay. Mostly wide, long, level back-in sites with utilities easily accessible. A large group (gaggle?) of wild turkeys came through the campground two times each day we were there. No one else was in the campground mid-week in November, but sites are well separated anyway. Just a relaxing, quiet, historical place. There is a well done, small museum at the visitors center. Register at the visitor's center, then go to the campground. The campground is on the east side of the highway a short distance from the visitor's center, which is on the west side of the highway. A wonderful example of how good a campground can be. Just 15 miles into Albany for the Old Jail Art Center, historical courthouse and dining and shopping. We hope to be able to go back soon. We camped at Fort Griffin State Park & Historic Site in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $30.00
Quiet! Dark! Lovely place to see the stars, relax and get a great picture of Texas History. Beautiful campground, we had a large gravel site w/full hookups, good space to walk the dogs, playground and areas for the kids, access to the river and you can rent a row boat. Great bird watching and we went to the star gazing event which was so interesting. The historic Fort has a new visitors center with reconstructed buildings, walking trail and a herd of Longhorns to get up close to. Many historic ranches, townsites, old suspension & iron truss bridges to visit within easy driving distance. The town of Albany has a wonderful old courthouse, Old Jail Art Center and great places to eat & shop. Cell service is spotty but there is free wifi at the visitor center. Can't wait to go back. We camped at Fort Griffin State Park & Historic Site in a Motorhome.
Tips for other Campers:
Beehive Restaurant has delicious steaks and seafood.
Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $30.00
If you like off the beaten path, this is the park for you! Quiet and beautiful night skies abound. Thanks to the Texas Historial Commision, park and campsites have been revamped and renovated. Nice Visitors Center. Great for stargazers and history buffs alike. Long back-in gravel sites w/ FHU. W/E pull-through spots. We camped at Fort Griffin State Park & Historic Site in a Travel Trailer.
Tips for other Campers:
If driving Hwy 87 North, skip Baird and take the extra drive 20 min north of Albany to stay in the peace and quiet of this park!
Wonderful park, only State Historic Site that allows camping. The campground is VERY nice and well kept. The trails are groomed. You have to check in on the West Side at the Fort Area, after hours you self pay on the camping side. Well marked sites. No Verizon signal, weak ATT signal, Booster helped. Very quiet and blissful, Dark Sky great for Star Photos. It is a long way from services so make sure you take what you need. Wish it was not so far away we would be here a lot... We camped at Fort Griffin State Park & Historic Site in a Motorhome.
Tips for other Campers:
The Fort area is across the road, there is a walk-way and a gate across the road. Visitor Center has handouts and trail maps. Ask about campfire talks.
This is no longer a Texas state park but has been turned over entirely to the Texas Historical Commission. They have spent a lot of time and money to update the facilities. Sites are large, gravel and level. The utility pedestals are new and in the correct spots. Each site has a fire ring, pedestal mounted grill and picnic table. The power was strong and dependable. We only used 30 amp but I think the full-hook-up sites had 50 amp as well. The grounds were kept in pristine condition and the staff were very friendly and helpful. There is a nice playground for the kids. The park is big rig friendly. Ft. Griffin is off the beaten path, therefore, it is very quiet and relaxing. Albany, 15 miles away is a very neat little town of historic significance. It has a world class art museum and some very good restaurants. If you are in this area this is a very worthwhile stay. The price reflects the $4 per person entry fee plus the $22 camping fee for two persons. The Texas official Longhorn cattle herd is located here and can be often seen grazing from the full hook-up sites. We camped at Fort Griffin State Park & Historic Site in a Truck Camper.
Date of Stay: November, 2007 - $15.00
Excellent WTX, weak over-the-air TV, NO cell reception - you have to go to Albany about 15 miles south to get a signal. VERY poor shore power (site #5) and our friend (site #3) said he also had serious power fluctuations - I worried about brownouts but everything "seemed" to work alright. Birding and hiking very good. Ruins of Ft Griffin can been hiked to. Part of the Official State of Texas longhorn herd is here (others are in San Angelo SP). Parks touts itself as the second darkest sky sight in Texas and we saw folks with telescopes camping. Staff very friendly and courteous. If you stay, I recommend a day trip to Albany which has an excellent art museum (free admission) that everyone should see. Great story on the history of the museum and how the town got it's name. As with all Texas state parks, buy an annual pass and you will save $$$ in the long run. We camped at Fort Griffin State Park & Historic Site in a Fifth Wheel.
A nice secluded little park near old historic attractions. Very little shade. Due to the current monetary situation of Texas state park system, the park personnel are keeping the place in pretty good shape. We will definitely return when in the area. We camped at Fort Griffin State Park & Historic Site in a Tent Trailer.