Texas Forts Trail Region

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

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

Explore: The Forts Trail Region

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  • 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

    • September 3, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

      The South Bank presented by John Vaughn. Local Historian. 

    • September 4, 2014 - 8:00am to September 13, 2014 - 11:00pm

      Welcome to this years’ 116th West Texas Fair and Rodeo. Our theme this year is “A Salute to Our Heroes.” 

    • September 6, 2014 - 2:00pm

      See part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear history and tales from the cattle drives and early ranching. 

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