The actual park wasn't bad, but there was some sort of reunion going on (which included many of the campers) which brought with it quite a few unsavory characters, including our neighbor with an aggressive dog and trash littered everywhere. We never saw our camp hosts, so we spent time hiking or at the pool instead of our campsite. The site itself was level and shady and had a picnic table and a fire pit (which was littered with trash from the previous camper). It took a little navigation to back in among the overhanging tree branches but it was manageable. We didn't see many mosquitoes, but the spiders sure loved this park - everything we owned was covered in cobwebs by the morning! The hiking trails were well maintained and a nice addition, as well as several shady picnic spots scattered throughout the park. The pool was a disappointment - I don't know if it was because it was a Saturday, or because it was free, but the entire county must have been in that pool. We had a substantial wait because they could only allow a certain number of people in at a time, and once we got in, it was elbow-to-elbow in the pool, kids and adults. My kids asked to leave after a while because they didn't have room to swim, they pretty much had to just stand in one place in the water. Be careful on the trip into the park if you have a large RV - the streets are heavily tree-lined and we had to ride the center line several times to avoid losing our AC. We won't be returning to Abilene State Park. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $26.00
We pulled in to the park in the early evening and found the park hosts. They directed us to one of the last sites open. They were very friendly. The site was asphalt and level. We paid the next morning and did get the Texas State Pass. It was a nice park. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.
Tips for other Campers:
Abilene has several museums that are worth seeing especially the Frontier. Another is the buffalo Gap museum.
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $12.00
We camped here for one night while traveling north through Texas. We chose to stay in the wagon circle area (group camping)because of the better rates. The road circles and you back yourself in at an electric/water hookup. A large, shaded green space is in the center. Several picnic tables and fire rings are also in the green area. There is a bathroom and group shelter in the middle. The bathroom in this section doesn't include a shower but a short trail walk will take you to a bathhouse with shower in another camping area. The park was clean and the office staff were friendly. Other than a few well maintained hiking trails, there was not much to do with the lakes dried and the pool closed. We did visit Buffalo Gap Historic Village. It was a lot of fun and they are dog friendly! We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $28.00
Second time we've stayed here. Spacious, shady sites with picnic, table and fire ring. Quiet spot mid week. Just down the road from Perini steak house and Buffalo Gap Historic Village. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $18.00
We've stayed here (in Brushy Trail) twice for events in Abilene, about 20 miles away. Very pretty, quiet, shady park with good utilities and level, back-in sites. Saw deer roaming the park several times. The office staff was very nice and helpful. Although the office was closed when we arrived, our reservation was ready and a staff person came out to hand us a map with our assigned spot marked. Only dings are some trees over, and next to, the entrance road need trimming and rigs with slide outs need to be careful of trees next to sites. Tables on sites on north side of the road in Brushy Trail are on the wrong side (left side of RV). A very relaxing place. We will go again. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.
We stayed at this nice, shady park on our way home from visiting the Panhandle parks. There are shade trees everywhere and you can stay in tents, screen shelters, RVs, and even yurts! The sites are level, but we paid extra for one of the full-hookup sites and were disappointed to learn that the sewer hookup was not within reach of our hose! the water and electric were at the mid point of the trailer on the driver's side as usual, but the sewer connection was about 10 feet behind the rear of the trailer! That was about 30 feet from my drain. Other than that we enjoyed our stay. It was quiet at night, and there are lots of nice hiking trails, a nice big swimming pool, and a lake. Nearby points of interest include Lake Abilene; the Grace Cultural Center with the Abilene Fine Arts Museum, Historical Museum and Children's Museum; Paramount Theater; Abilene Zoological Gardens; Dyess Air Force Base's vintage aircraft, and the Buffalo Gap Historic Village. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $18.00
We stayed at this campground twice on our trip, 4 weeks apart. Both times park was less than half full, very quiet, and a pleasant experience. We were in the Pecan Grove which is a little close to the highway but not a significant problem. Trails were well marked, restrooms were very clean, and park is well maintained. Staff friendly. No wi-fi signal. Would stay here again. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $20.00
We were very pleases with this campground. We stayed in the Pecan grove loop and were the only one's there! There are large pecan and oak trees and pecans all over. Nice size and private spaces. Sites are all paved and flat and easy to get into. Bathrooms were very clean and lot's of hot water for showers. Good internet & good cell service with Verizon. Lake is about 2 miles away and would be very nice to spend the day, if it had more water, but with their drought conditions this past year that explains the lack of water. Nice little grocery store in Tuscola with very good prices and very nice people. Walmart was about 15 to 20 miles away. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $18.00
We enjoyed our stay here. The site was large with trees. The deer came to visit several times. Geocaches are hidden in the park which are fun to locate. A nice park for riding bikes and hiking. Buffalo Gap is nearby with quaint shops and the Buffalo Gap Museum. Abilene is about 20 miles travel if you want to shop at name brand stores. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $18.00
This is a nice, smaller park with shady sites and quite a bit of spacing and privacy between them. We stayed in the Brushy Trail loop which has 50A electric and water. Each loop appears to have different hookups; it is somewhat misleading to label the park has having full hookup sites since I believe there are only 3 of them. The price quoted does not include the daily entrance fee for the park itself; we have a TX park pass and did not need to pay that. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $24.00
We were surprised at how nicely wooded the campground was. Sites are well separated and level. Nice nature trail and some wonderful historic CCC buildings. AT&T cell phone and wireless broadband worked well. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $28.00
A very nice state park with large, flat, shady campsites. The bathhouse was clean. The campground is quiet and offers hiking trails and access to the lake where you can rent boats. The camp roads are wide and easy to navigate. The park is convenient to Abilene and surrounding small towns. We would definitely come back if traveling again to the Abilene area. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.
This is a great park! It's a wonderful spot for exploring the many attractions at nearby Abilene and Buffalo Gap. Because of this, and it being the middle of summer we thought it would be crowded. The pool was busy, but there were plenty of camping spots. Sites are $12, 15 or 18 depending on features. We didn't think we would enjoy the least expensive, the $12 wagon wheel loop. However we were the only campers in this 36 spot loop, so it worked great, had lots of privacy, and was a quick walk to the pool. The big swimming pool is a great feature, and a wonderful way to cool off on a hot summer day. Our campsite had shade trees and good Spring high speed internet reception. The staff was friendly, and gave us a pass to drive through and look at all the campsites before making a decision. This was a good idea, as some of the sites could be a challenge to back in to with anything larger than a tent trailer. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Travel Trailer.
This is a nice state park with spacious mostly-level sites and lots of shade. Lots of walking trails and other activities including a swimming pool. Be aware that there are many wild/feral cats roaming the park. Maybe that helps keep the rodent population in check, I don't know. We also spotted coons, armadillo and many deer. Some deer were quite friendly. The park is not well lighted at night so make sure you have plenty of flashlights. One big negative was the fire ants. Our poor dog got covered up with them while on our nightly walk. There were also ants - lots of them - in and around the bathhouse. So much that my wife wouldn't set foot inside. I mentioned this to park staff and they said they would have a ranger address it, although the problem persisted throughout our stay. Another bummer with this place is there are no sewer hookups. Overall a nice state park and we would stay here again. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.