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Fort Griffin defended the frontier of Texas from 1867 to 1881. Now, being preserved as a historic site by the Texas Historical Commission, Fort Griffin State Historic Site offers ample opportunity for camping, hiking, fishing, and leisurely exploring—even stargazing, since acres upon acres of ranch land surround the site, distancing it from the lights of the city.
To really dig into the fort's history, however, you'll want a guide. Tour guides take guests through the former mess hall, barracks, first sergeant’s quarters, bakery, and powder magazine, bringing to life the fort as it once was through their stories.
There's another piece of history on display at Fort Griffin that's very much alive—and mooing. The Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd lives on the grounds, and visitors are likely to glimpse the distinctive cattle roaming and grazing. For a closer look, visit during a weekly informational program that corrals several of the animals while an expert shares tales of long-ago cowboys and cattle drives.