Abilene State Park is about 15 miles southwest of Abilene and sits on the shore of Lake Abilene. The area used to be a campground for the Comanche and Tonkawa while they hunted buffalo as the herds came through nearby Buffalo Gap. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed most of the park in the 1930s. This 500-acre park offers a campground, hiking trails, day use area, a swimming pool, and fishing, swimming, and boating at Lake Abilene and is nestled in a grove of oak, elm, and pecan trees along Elm Creek.
Campground: Abilene State Park
Location: Tuscola, Texas
Site: E60 (Brushy Trail)
Cost: $20 (with Texas State Park Pass)
Services: E/W (50AMP)
Comments: A lovely state park and campground but it was cold and the trees were bare when we visited. We need to come back when it is a bit warmer. We were only there for one night.
The CCC built a stone water tower and a swimming pool with concession. The pool is probably the thing most known about this park! If we tell anyone we went to Abilene State Park their immediate reply is “Is that the park with the pool?”. The pool requires a fee and is only open in the summer. Of course, it was closed when we were there since it was spring and cold!!!