Abilene State Park in Texas is a great place to come together with friends and family on the shad banks of Elm Creek. You’ll be surrounded by large trees arching overhead with deer and other critters wandering by. The park is only 16 miles southwest of Abilene. The has a lake and fishing pond, a historic swimming pool, trails, camping sites, and more.
What You Can Do
There are many activities for the outdoor enthusiast including camping, hiking, geocaching, birding, and riding bikes. Looking to have a picnic under the shady trees, then this is a great spot. the park has a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pit, basketball goal, and a large open area. Explore our one-mile nature trail; ½-mile is ADA-compliant.
The park is great for swimming fishing and boating. The swimming pool is open each summer. There are two group recreation halls if you are looking to have a group gathering.
If you have an RV group, there are 35 campsites around one of the halls, making it the perfect spot.
Staying At The Park
The park has tent and RV sites available as well as screened shelters. Did we mention we have yurts if you are feeling a bit adventurous?
You can cool off in the historic swimming pool built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. There is a lake for swimming as well, but it is swimming at your own risk.
Feel free to drop a line in Lake Abilene or Buffalo Wallow Pond. The kids love it. You do not need a license to fish from shore when you are in the state park.
You can rent a kayak or canoe at the park headquarters from spring break through November. Lake Abilene is a no-wake lake, meaning boat motors cannot exceed idle speed.
We do have a shop for gifts and souvenirs at the park’s store
The park rangers lead several programs at the park and off-site.
Abilene is a great community to explore including museums, art galleries, dining, shopping, and more.
Adult: $5 Daily
Group – Adult: Contact the Park
Child 12 Years and Under : Free
We often reach capacity; reservations are highly recommended for both camping and day use. To guarantee entrance reserve passes online.
July average high is 95 degrees. January average low is 31 degrees. The first freeze occurs in mid-November. The last freeze occurs mid-March.
Abilene State Park sits in a semi-arid region of short prairie grass, brushland, and wooded stream valleys. It is among a low range of hills called the Callahan Divide in the extreme western portion of North Central Texas.
Look for trees such as mesquite, juniper, cedar, native pecan, elm, live oak, hackberry, Texas red oak and redbud, and various other plants and wildflowers.
Enjoy great wildlife observation and photography here. You might see white-tailed deer, raccoons, armadillos, foxes, squirrels, and cottontail rabbits.
Many types of birds visit or live in the park, including the Mississippi kite, greater roadrunner, Northern cardinal, hummingbird, mockingbird, and many others. Anglers catch bass, crappie, catfish, and perch.
Comanches frequented what is now the park, camping in the groves of native pecan trees, as you see in our picnic area.
The state acquired the property in 1933 from the city of Abilene. The park, with 529.4 acres, is southwest of Abilene, in Taylor County.
The Civilian Conservation Corps built the park’s facilities in the early 1930s. Abilene State Park opened on May 10, 1934.
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