Abilene State Park

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Trails Information

Discover Texas history and natural beauty at Abilene State Park.

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Explore a Civilian Conservation Corps treasure built in a wooded oasis where the Rolling Plains and the Edwards Plateau meet. Here oak and juniper woodlands mix with prairies, creating a rich natural diversity for wildlife watching. Explore the park’s hiking trails, visit the red sandstone CCC structures, or relax at Lake Abilene.


All trails hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated.

This list may not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Difficulty Description
Abilene Dam Road 3.5 mi. Moderate Bring plenty of water for this scenic loop trail overlooking Lake Abilene and Elm Creek Valley. Look for roadrunners and white-tailed deer in the hills, and waterfowl and beavers near the lake.
Amphitheater Trail 0.02 mi. Easy This hidden amphitheater is the perfect place for a secluded ceremony, worship service, or acoustic concert.
Bird Trail 0.3 mi. Easy This Civilian Conservation Corps road turned hiking trail will take you to the bird blind.
Buffalo Wallow Nature Trail 0.2 mi. Easy Make your way around the spring-fed pond. This is the ideal location to spot the resident amphibians and reptiles.
Connecting Trail 0.1 mi. Easy Use this Civilian Conservation Corps trail to bypass the road to get between Elm Creek Nature Trail and the Bird Trail.
Eagle Trail 0.2 mi. Easy (ADA Accessible) Look up as you make your way past the park’s water tower – vultures often roost on it at night. Benches along the trail are great places to rest and enjoy the surroundings.
Elm Creek Nature Trail 0.9 mi. Easy As you make your way around the park on this scenic trail, notice the elm, pecan, oak, and black willow trees that tower over the trail.
Oak Grove Trail 0.2 mi. Easy This CCC trail follows Elm Creek. It is a great trail for spotting the tracks of wildlife that use the creek as a source of water.
List of Trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude Description
CCC Water Tower and Playground 32.2387° -99.8820° The CCC water tower could hold 5,800 gallons of water! Today, it shades the playground.
CCC Concession Building and Swimming Pool 32.2384° -99.8808° The park’s focal point - this pool has kept visitors cool for over 80 years!
Cowboy Circle 32.2392° -99.8801° The perfect spot for a campfire.
Bird Viewing Blind 32.2346° -99.8789° Discover the birds and other wildlife that live in the park.
Buffalo Wallow 32.2349° -99.8855° The spring-fed pond is the ideal spot to fish, bird, or look for wildlife.
Fishing Dock 32.2322° -99.8902° Launch canoes and kayaks here.
Back Boat Ramp 32.2334° -99.9028° Launch a boat when the lake is full, launch a hike when it is empty.
Lake Picnic / Swimming Area 32.2334° -99.8951° Take a break under the oak trees.
List of Points of Interest

Staying Safe

  • Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes.
  • Drink plenty of water. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity.
  • Tell others where you’ll be. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Wear a helmet when biking. Check with park HQ to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.
  • Potentially harmful plants and animals may live here. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on the trails.
  • Weather changes quickly. Check forecasts before you leave and prepare for changes in the weather.

Trail Etiquette

  • Trash your trash. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace.
  • Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick. Please do not feed them.
  • Take only memories and pictures. Disturbing or removing any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts is a violation of state law.
  • Keep pets on leashes for their safety, and to protect wildlife.
  • Campfires are permitted only in designated rings. Ground fires are not permitted due to potential for ground scarring and wildfires.