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Abilene State Park, Tuscola

#103 of 219 in Nature in Texas
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Abilene State Park is a 529.4-acre (214.2 ha) park near Lake Abilene south of Abilene, Texas. It features camping, trailer facilities, picnicking, shelters, a swimming pool, and hiking. A large grove of oak, cedar, elm and pecan trees, now a favorite picnic area, was once a campground for Comanche Indians. The park is located about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Abilene, on FM 89.

Much of the early development of the park was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The stone water tower and the swimming pool complex are the most impressive of the structures built during the period.
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  • We enjoyed the Elm Creek trail on a Friday morning. There are markers so be sure the Ranger gives you a trail guide not just the map. It is a lovely, easy walk with varied landscapes, ponds and...  more »
  • We celebrated my daughter's birthday with a camping trip and chose Abilene State Park to experience 'glamping' in a yurt. It was a relief not to have to worry about putting up or taking down a tent.....  more »
  • We picked this spot off the map to break up a long drive home, and were pleasantly surprised by what a charming, well- maintained park this is. The Pecan Grove campsite had amazing trees that shaded every spot and gave some privacy, and the sites themselves were very well up kept. Deck staff was friendly and helpful, and the standard woodland critters were easy to spot all over the park. It was lovely and relaxing.
  • A well worth stop if you are in Abilene, the hiking trails here are just amazing with plenty of wildlife and things to do. I have been here twice and enjoyed both times for sure. The staff here is amazing as well and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Would love to come back and hang out by the pool for the day after exploring more of the trails. If you get a chance, go check out the bird blind trail and just sit and watch the birds for a while, well worth it.

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