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Abilene State Park

Tuscola, Texas


150 Park Road 32
Tuscola, Texas 79562
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Sites: 96
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.24105
Longitude: -99.87913

Elevation: 1989' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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52 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at site 52 which was asphalt, level and mostly shaded. Had 50 amp service and water hookups with a dump station close. This is a gem. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go into Abilene to see Frontier Texas. It is a cool museum all about west Texas and especially how the buffalo were in the area previously by the 100’s of thousands before buffalo hunters killed them off.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful park. Our site was very shady. The Brushy Trail sites have lots of shade, which is great in the Texas summer. We visited the pool twice, very nice. The bird blind was filled with all types of birds. The trails are nice, but most are easy. We had good AT&T cell phone reception, we did not try the TV or WiFi. This is our second visit to this park, and we will try to go back at least once a year, during the pool season. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
58 Brushy Trail
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a Dollar store just north of Buffalo Gap.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This was our first time at Abilene State Park, and we liked all the camping loops, however it's not really big rig friendly. There are only 3 sites with full hook-ups, but lots of trees provide plenty of shade at most sites. The pool isn't open every day, but looked clean and inviting. There are several trails to walk that are pretty well maintained and a bird blind where we enjoyed watching a variety of beautiful birds, including several pairs of Painted Buntings. We did drive over to the lake, but were very disappointed: the roads around the lake are appalling, just rock, lots of craters and the ground is so overgrown, we barely saw the tops of the few picnic tables because the weeds were so tall. A burn ban was in effect, so sadly no evenings around the campfire, but we were visited every morning and evening by several white tail deer who seemed as fascinated by us as we were with them, particularly the little fawns! We camped at Abilene State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
FO85 Oak Grove
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We were there for an extra long weekend - Wednesday-Sunday. Park was pretty quiet. Swam in the pool a couple of days and it was pretty clean, but had a lot of wasps around the pool. We camped in #81. It was shaded for breakfast but no shade for the rest of the day. I would not recommend this space in the summer. Positive side - it was very close to the shower house. Overall nice campground! We camped at Abilene State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
81
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We fished at Buffalo Wallow. It needs to have a bunch of reefs removed but was fun fishing.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Abilene State Park for 9 weeks volunteering as Park Host. Staff friendly and very helpful. All sites have ample room. Park has over 3 site loops with various options, but only 3 sites for rent with full hook-ups. Park is loaded with white tail deer that mid-week come right up to your camper. Park has lots of smaller trails and a large one up at the lake. We loved staying here except for the WiFi and cell service(we use Verizon) and this is an AT&T area. Park also has a popular in the summer swimming pool (not open during our stay). Park rents out canoes and kayaks in the summer too. Another thing about this park is the amount of birds that come and stay, a must see is the bird blind. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Brushy Trail site 49
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Abilene only 30 minutes away, any shopping needed is there. Couple of great grocery stores H.E.B and Market Street have the best produce. A must see is historic district of Abilene and the Tourist information center a must see is Frontier Texas. Abilene Zoo was ok too. Spent a day down in San Angelo that was a good day trip.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

We were with a group in the Wagon Circle and it was perfect for us as we could all visit in the center grassy area and had our group supper in the hall, which is very well equipped. Our group moved on but we had to stay to take care of a medical emergency. It was a good place to be stuck, a pleasant environment and plenty of nature trails to walk our two dogs. It was fun to see families and friends enjoying all the park amenities. Plus, the rangers could not have been more accommodating, directing us to reputable medical care, helping us figure out the cheapest way to stay, even checking to make sure our air conditioner was running for our dogs when we were gone to the hospital all day. They have wifi, which is rare in a state park, but it is nearly useless. Of the three bathhouses, the one at Brushy Trail has the largest and cleanest showers. The water is hot and the pressure is good. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Wagon Circle Site 15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The paper trail map is not accurate and does not have distances. Ask for a color trails map, it is much better. Almost all amenities are about 17 miles north in Abilene, although there is a small grocery store in Buffalo Gap. Don't miss the Frontier Texas Museum, even if you don't like museums.

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Review Count: 119
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

typical of most Texas state parks. nicely spaced with utilities where you need them. nice and quiet. second stay here and will probably return again. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We often stop at Abilene State Park when headed through west Texas and did so last night. It is alway clean, well care for, and the personnel are friendly and helpful. Brushy Trail section is woodsy and home to deer and other wildlife. Sites are asphalt and fairly level, and are water and 50 amp electric only. There is a dump and trash station conveniently located. If you are a walker or biker, there are some hiking trails; in addition, the park has a lovely swimming pool. The price is right at $18 per night. We have stayed in several of the sites over the years in Brushy Trail, but last night we were in #58. We stayed here in a 40' Fifth Wheel. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
58 Brushy Trail
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This park is just outside of Abilene, Texas, where you will find plenty of options for food, groceries, and other needs. Abilene has a great, really great zoo - one of the best giraffe exhibits I have seen anywhere.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We occupied one of the few full hookup sites. There is an amazing amount of shade in this park. The RV pad was a mix of very old asphalt and dirt. Our sewer connection was above grade. Thirty amp only. There was good water pressure. The site could have used some daily maintenance. The setting is very pretty. We enjoyed the hiking trails and CCC structures. The check-in staff were friendly and helpful. Some CCC structures (picnic tables, some benches and stairway to the pool) need maintenance, specifically the removal of dirt and weeds, in order to preserve them. They are too priceless to ignore. We did not use the pool but it was beautiful and seemed to be well-maintained. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
89
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Price includes $15 for E/W site in Pecan Grove (suitable for smaller rigs) plus $5 daily visit fee. Larger sites in Oak Grove and Brushy Trail go for $18/night plus the daily fee. Be careful of low branches if you have a tall rig. Most sites are pretty level and very spacious, with lots of vegetation between for privacy (except in the Wagon Circle loop, which is very open). Most of the picnic tables are on cement patios. Restrooms are dated but clean. Good over-the-air TV and Verizon signals. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
64 Pecan Grove
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Park is about 25 miles south of I-20 and Abilene. The lake is a short drive from the campground.

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We pulled into Abilene Texas State Park yesterday and are just enjoying the day here. The park is well shaded and there is a lovely swimming pool for the warm afternoons. It appears that they are cleaning up after some weather incident, but even so, the park is very well maintained. Pads are fairly level asphalt. Each site has a picnic table located on a concrete patio - no covering needed with the great shade. This park gives easy access to Abilene where you will find everything you might need; Wal-Mart, grocery stores, Abilene Mall, health services, etc. Just on the edge of west Texas, the sunsets here are pretty spectacular. Our site had water/50amp/dump station. Almost all of the state parks in Texas are good places to stop along the way to wherever. http://tpwd.texas.gov/ We camped at Abilene State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 61
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here two nights on our way home from five days at Palo Duro Canyon ST.Park. Since we made last minute reservations we where put in to the "Overflow" area, which we had no problem with since we made these reservations on such short notice. With that being said I would not like to do overflow again as it was very close quarters and no privacy, but they told us that ahead of time, so no surprise, just would not prefer to do that again. We did go around checking out the regular campsites and for the most part all looked pretty good, tent and R.V. sites. Lots of shade trees and fairly level sites. If we come back this way again we would definitely like to get one of those sites. We had water and electricity 30/50 amp in our overflow site. Campground was very family friendly and has a very nice swimming pool ! Cost two dollars per person to use pool (open 11 am to 3 pm then reopens at 4pm to 7pm. Being a hot summer day it was crowded (the pool) very nice ,clean pool though. Park employees very friendly and helpful. The fee for camping was only eight dollars for the two nights , but that reflects a 50% discount coupon I had for buying state park pass. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Over Flow
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

One of the big draws for me was 1) Lake Abilene is just a mile down the road and entry is included in your camping fee. Fishing from shore and boats. You can rent kayaks at campground. 2) Perini Ranch steakhouse is just three miles down the road !! Had an awesome cowboy cut ribeye, my wife had catfish and my son had ribs. All top notch. We ate indoors in the a/c but there is also partial shade seating outside too and live music (outside) Ya gotta go there if you like steak. One of the best steakhouses in Texas !

Buffalo gap historic village, Vletas candies in Abilene.

I highly recommend buying Texas state park pass, it has saved us a lot of money not only at Abilene state park but also at Palo Duro, and Garner state park so far.. discount on camping, purchases in camp store and daily entry fee (which you still have to pay on top of camping fee ) is waived with pass.

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Review Count: 151
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

On a weekday, when school in still in session, this is an excellent place for an over night stop or as a destination location for a few nights. I've never been here on a weekend. The park could be difficult to locate the first time. Find Buffalo Gap and then follow the signs, carefully. The Pecan loop has excellent, and spacious sites, for RV trailers or motorhomes. Most are level, and will easily accommodate a twenty four foot motorhome. The utilities are excellent and well placed. There is no sewer connection for the Pecan loop sites. The big negative here is the restroom. It is centrally located within the loop, but way to small for the potential number of people. The restroom is in need of a major renovation. There are plenty of trails here for biking or hiking. The place is dark at night, as it should be. There are an assortment of natural night sounds here including a chorus of Poorwills, and frogs. These pleasant sounds can be vastly disturbed by the occasional flyover by a B-1 Bomber. We camped here in a Motorhome, and we will return again next May. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Pecan
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 178
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 37

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Rate reflects Texas SP Pass discount. Nice park 20 miles south of Abilene Tx. There are several camping loops, most larger campers are put into Brushy Creek. These are mostly level, well spaced. Power is steady, water at 55PSI, no sewer at the site but there is a dump station at the end of the 12 space camping loop. Lots of trees and areas between the camps is left natural so discourages visitors from just "passing thru" other campsites. There is a bird blind nearby, lots of birds and deer. Trails are very nice and well maintained. The pool wasn't open when we were there but imagine it's a busy place in the summer. To visit the lake you have to leave the park, go a mile or so up the highway and into another section. Lake was quiet while we were there, area is rather neglected and roads are all dirt/gravel, dusty and very narrow. Staff throughout the park were very nice and courteous. There appeared to be no speed limit in the park for guests or staff. Traffic can be very fast. There was a camp host but we never saw them doing anything in the camp loop. Fire rings had not been cleared in a long time. Pads were asphalt and in good condition. We would stay here again if in the area, but bring diversions...there isn't anything to do in town once you've visited Buffalo Gap Museum. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Brushy Creek
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the Buffalo Gap Historical Village. Also when coming in from the south, the CR 275 is fine for large rigs, saves several miles.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Another run down Texas state park. Didn't use the provided restrooms, too far away and we have our own. Stayed in the $18 big rig area as they are the nicer sites although our 5th wheel would fit in a few of the 25' sites. Well spaced sites. The campground was okay, just run down, hence a 7. All the sites needed some care, you tracked in a mess when going into the camper. Roads are a bit narrow, backing in with bigger rigs looked to be a bit on the difficult side but everyone we saw made it. I would stay here again when passing through. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
61
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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