The swimming pool is open for 2016 with a new fee of $1 for children 12 and under and $2 for everyone 13 and over. Everyone entering the swimming pool must pay the fee . . . 

Abilene State Park

Fishing in the Buffalo Wallow pond. The yurt at night. Thick canopies of native pecans, red oaks and willows cover paths where white-tailed deer roam free.

Gathering Place

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.

Host your next group gathering here. We have two group recreation halls. One is perfect for RV groups, as 35 campsites surround the hall.

Stay: Camp at a tent or RV site, or in a screened shelter. For a bit of adventure, stay in one of our yurts. Or enjoy the amenities of the Lake House Cabin.

Swim: Cool off in our historic swimming pool, built in the early 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Or swim in the lake, at your own risk. Read our swimming safety tips before you visit.

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.

Ranger Programs

Our rangers lead a variety of programs, at the park and off-site. We give nature trail tours on request.

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.

Area Attractions

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.

150 Park Road 32
Tuscola, TX 79562

Latitude: 32.240731

Longitude: -99.879139

(325) 572-3204

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Group - Adult: Contact the Park
  • Child 12 Years and Under : Free
Hours

Park is open daily.

Swimming Pool Hours

May 28 to mid-August 2016:
Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m & 4-7 p.m. 
(available for after hours rental)
$2 for people 13 and over
$1 for people 12 and under

Busy Season

March through November

Climate

July average high is 95 degrees. January average low is 31 degrees. First freeze occurs mid-November. Last freeze occurs mid-March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

1738 feet

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