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.
Birds are unpredictable, with erratic flight patterns that can change at any moment. The staff at Abilene Clay Sports attempts to simulate this spontaneity at its outdoor fields, which incorporate open areas and wooded terrain ideal for shotgun sports. A cart path leads to 12 sporting clays stations, where participants take aim from towers of up to 80 feet high. Clay pigeons also launch at a five-stand field and six trap fields, including four that operate via voice command. One last field offers an even greater challenge. Here, several helice launchers fire small, plastic targets. These small objects, known as ZZ birds, have propellers on either side, which means they move completely at random.
The various fields accommodate guests of all experience levels. Abilene Clay Sports' staffers happily work with beginners, and they also host frequent tournaments sanctioned by the National Sporting Clays Association and the Amateur Trapshooting Association.
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Tangle Oaks Golf Club is a beautiful nine-hole course, but it's the details that make the golf club stand out, sometimes with a splash. They offer golf lessons, a putting green, a driving range, and practice chipping facilities; their pro shop has a snack bar in addition to men and women's locker rooms with showers. The gas golf carts come equipped with amenities including a windshield, cooler rack, and bag racks, but Tangle Oaks implements the 90-degree rule to minimize the impact of these carts on the course. Many of the fairways are sparsely lined with mature trees and are free of sand traps, providing more forgiving landing zones for errant shots or personal helicopter golf carts.
During Abilene Christian University's volleyball camps, young athletes inject their game with a heaping helping of college-level coaching, all while getting a taste of campus life. Fresh off last year's winning conference record, Wildcat coaches and players impart campers with skills and competitive techniques via classroom meetings and on-the-court drills, all while sharing strategies and tips for mastering the mental game. After a day of scrimmages and running through game scenarios in the impressive Moody Colliseum—home to the actual Wildcat teams—youngsters head back to the dorms to get much-needed rest or visit the rec center pool between sessions.
Golf fans around the world know Charles Coody as the 1971 Masters Champion, but around Abilene, they also know him as the designer and operator of Diamondback Golf Club. A public facility designed to be enjoyed by players of all levels, the 220 acres of rolling hills around Lytle Creek have been described as nearly pro-level by the likes of Dale Douglas, Gil Morgan, and Tom Purtzer. In addition to the par 71, nearly 7,000-yard course, the club is home to 12 acres of practice facilities including a teeing area, a 10,000-square-foot putting green, and a 2,500-square-foot pitching green with sand bunkers.