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Texas Forts Trail Region

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

Plan Your Adventure

  • Rip Park, Eastland Rip Park, Eastland
  • Wildcatter Ranch, GrahamWildcatter Ranch, Graham
  • Colorado Bend State Park Colorado Bend State Park
  • Santa Fe Depot and Harvey House, BrownwoodSanta Fe Depot and Harvey House, Brownwood
  • Fort Concho Living History, San AngeloFort Concho Living History, San Angelo


Destination Highlights


  • The U.S. Army established Fort McKavett in 1852, but abandoned it by the end of the decade. In 1868, the fort reopened and elements of the U.S. Army's four African American regiments—the Buffalo Soldiers—€”used Fort McKavett during the Indian...

  • FRONTIER TEXAS, SENSE-O-RAMA STYLE!

    Located in downtown Abilene, Frontier Texas! offers visitors a state-of-the-art, multi-media extravaganza depicting the lively mythology of the Texas frontier. Aided by technology and a fourteen thousand...

  • CONCHO RIVER PEARL

    San Angelo started out on the right foot for Texas heritage travelers, particularly when it comes to frontier history and early Texas architecture. The townsite, originally a trading post, evolved in...

Travel Themes


    • Fort Clark in Brackettville

      THE BUFFALO WARRIORS

      Buffalo Soldiers, a name the Plains Indians gave to the African American cavalry regiments serving the frontier after the Civil War, represent the genesis of the long struggle to integrate both the U.S...

    • Great Wester Trail Marker

      THE END OF AN ERA

      The Great Western Trail stretched from South Texas to Nebraska, becoming the primary cattle driving route for Texas by 1879. Also known as the Dodge City Trail and the Fort Griffin Trail, the Western...

    • Fort Clark, Brackettville

      TO THE RAMPARTS!

      The defense of a territory as big as Texas required investing big resources into the effort-materials and man power, especially-a fact not lost on our Texas ancestors. In fact, far more forts and presidios...