Abilene State Park
Come to the shady banks of Elm Creek, where large trees arch overhead and deer and other critters wander by. Just 16 miles southwest of Abilene, the park has a lake and fishing pond, a historic swimming pool, trails, camping and more.
Things to Do
On land, you can camp, hike, geocache, bird watch or ride bikes. Along with many picnic sites under the trees, the park has a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pit, basketball goal and large open area. Explore our one-mile nature trail; ½-mile is ADA-compliant. Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map.
On water, you can swim, fish and boat. The swimming pool will open for the summer on May 28, 2016.
Fish: Drop a line in Lake Abilene or Buffalo Wallow Pond. The pond is a favorite spot for kids of all ages. Remember, you do not need a license to fish from shore in a state park.
Boat: Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat at headquarters. Lake Abilene is a no-wake lake, and boat motors may not exceed idle speed. Review our water safety tips before you head out.
Volunteer: We need your help! Visit our Volunteer page or check at park headquarters.
Our rangers lead a variety of programs, at the park and off-site. We give nature trail tours on request.
- Check the Events page for upcoming programs.
- Download the Interpretive Guide to Abilene State Park (PDF).
- Learn more about the park on our Nature and History pages.
Kids: Become a Junior Ranger!
- Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal at headquarters. Complete tasks to earn a badge.
- Borrow a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack, loaded with tools for exploring the park.
Citizen’s Park Ranger Academy: Experience the adventure of working in a state park in this unique, five-week program. We cover wildland firefighting, search and rescue, interpretive programs, park operations, law enforcement and more. The program is free; students must be at least 15 years old. The upcoming academy will take place at Abilene State Park on Sept. 10 – Oct. 1, 2016; visit the Citizen's Park Ranger Academy web page;to learn more.
Civilian Conservation Corps: The CCC built many features of Abilene State Park, including the swimming pool and stone water tower. Learn more about the CCC’s work on our CCC page, The Look of Nature.
Visit Abilene to explore museums and art galleries, and enjoy dining and shopping.
Check out the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Forts Trail website for more ideas.