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Texas Forts Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

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to the Forts Trail Region

From "Old Yeller" to "Lonesome Dove," visit the Region where Western Classics have their roots!

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  • Fort McKavett State Historic Site, MenardFort McKavett State Historic Site, Menard
  • Six White Horses Parade in Abilene, Steve Buttmann PhotographySix White Horses Parade in Abilene, Steve Buttmann Photography
  • Old Yeller Monument, MasonOld Yeller Monument, Mason
  • Clark Gardens, Mineral WellsClark Gardens, Mineral Wells
  • Fort Griffin State Historic Site, AlbanyFort Griffin State Historic Site, Albany

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Highlights


  • Living History Events

    These special events allow visitors to see, touch, taste and experience what life was like during an earlier time period.  Spring events are held at Forts Richardson, McKavett, Mason and Chadbourne; Fall events are held at Forts Griffin and...

  • Passport: Frontier Reconnaissance

    Use our new regional travel passport to visit places where history was made, make your own memories, and become eligible for a grand prize! Sixteen pages highlight museums, frontier forts, historic sites and more. Request your free Passport here...

Upcoming Events


    • August 29, 2014 (All day) to August 30, 2014 (All day)

      2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ GOAT COOK-OFF

      August 29th and 30th

    • August 30, 2014 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

      Homegrown veggies, handmade pottery, and Lovett's Last Stand Bread. 

    • August 30, 2014 - 10:00am

      Let us take you on a tour of the military fort, as we share stories of Indian raids, military campaigns, outlaws, legends, and heroes of Fort Griffin and the Texas frontier.

About the Forts Trail Region

The Forts Trail Region was once the wild frontier where explorers and frontiersmen clashed with the land and Native Americans. Come hear the stories and explore the places where history was made—and make you own memories! Visit a historic site, tour a museum, or check out the local sites, shops, and eateries. The "trail" is a recommended 650-mile driving loop within a 29-county region of Central West Texas. The trail highlights a Spanish presidio and eight historic frontier forts and the communities and attractions that surround them. Take the trail or explore the region!

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Our Partners

The Forts Trail Region works with a variety of organizations to promote heritage travel throughout the region.