Abeline state park yurt at night

Camping at Abilene State Park: You Gotta Love the Yurts

Tuscola, TX

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

Awake in a wooded oasis on the banks of Elm Creek in Abilene State Park in the midst of the Texas Midwest, just south of the city of Abilene. Pecan, red oak, cottonwood and elm trees arch over the campground.

For glampers: go straight to the part about yurts.

Abilene State Park according to Texas Parks and Wildlife “sits in a semi-arid region of short prairie grass, brushland and wooded stream valleys. It is among a low range of hills called the Callahan Divide in the extreme western portion of North Central Texas.”

The park is home to mesquite, juniper, cedar, native pecan, elm, live oak, hackberry, Texas red oak and redbud, and other plants and wildflowers.

You’re likely to see white-tailed deer, raccoons, armadillos, foxes, squirrels and cottontail rabbits. Birds also flock to this park such as Mississippi kite, greater roadrunner and the hummingbird.

The Civilian Conservation Corps built the park’s facilities in the early 1930s. Abilene State Park opened on May 10, 1934.

Daily Entrance Fees Abilene State Park

  • Adult: $5
  • Child 12 years or younger: Free

How to Make a Reservation

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900 

You can fish, hike, bike, boat or picnic at the newest section of the park, Lake Abilene. A one-mile nature trail plus an ADA-compliant, 1/2-mile trail are also available in the main park area.

Getting to Abilene State Park

Screen shot of google map for Abilene state park location.

GPS Coordinates

Latitude 32° 14′ 26.6316″ NLongitude 99° 52′ 44.9004″ W

Driving Directions

Address: 150 Park Road 32 Tuscola, TX 79562 To reach the park, travel 16 miles southwest of Abilene through Buffalo Gap on FM 89, and then continue on Park Road 32 to the park entrance.

Abilene State Park Closures

The park is closed periodically, especially in December. Check the park alerts for closures and other news that might affect your trip.

Nearby Activities

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Historic & Cultural Site
  • Camping
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Paddling
  • Photography
  • Environmental Education
  • Day Use Area
  • Fire Lookouts/Cabins Overnight
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Water Sports
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Picnicking
  • Hunting
  • Auto Touring
  • Biking

Things to Do at Abilene State Park

You can camp, hike, geocache, bird watch or ride bikes at this beautiful park. Picnic under the trees, play volleyball on sand, toss some horseshoes. You can even shoot some hoops.

Download the Abilene State Park Map

There is a one-mile nature trail, ½-mile of which is ADA-compliant. 

Take a virtual tour with the Texas Parks and Wildlife  Interactive Trails Map.

On water, you can swim, fish and boat. The swimming pool is open each summer.

Swimming at Abilene State Park Pool

Due to COVID 19 and weather conditions access to the Abilene State Park Swimming Pool may be limited.

Guidelines encourage social distancing and give park staff time to disinfect the pool area. When the pool is open, tickets can be purchased for these prices:

  • $1 for children under 12
  • $2 for anyone 12 and older.
  • You must also pay the daily park fee will be added to the price

During the season, the swimming pool reaches maximum capacity on most weekends. Park visitors, including campers, are not guaranteed access to the swimming pool.

The swimming pool has ADA entry options, although the restrooms are not fully wheelchair accessible.The historic swimming pool, built in the early 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Fishing at Abilene State Park

Lake Abilene or Buffalo Wallow Pond are beautiful fishing spots. Fishermen and women can catch bass, crappie, catfish and perch.

The pond is especially family friendly, so everyone can fish. You do not need a license to fish from the shore of a state park.

Campsites at Abilene State Park

Tent Camping/RV Sites

Full Hookup Campsites

  • Number of people per site: 8
  • Number of sites: 3
  • Cost: $20 a night or $120 a week + park entrance fee

Amenities

  • Picnic table
  • Water hookup
  • Sewer hookup
  • Electric hookup
  • Restrooms with showers nearby

Campsites with Electricity (Brushy Trail or Oak Grove Area)

  • Number of people per site: 8
  • Number of sites: 19
  • Cost: $18 a night plus daily entrance fee or $108 a week

Amenities

  • Picnic table
  • Water hookup
  • Electric hookup
  • Fire ring with grill
  • Restrooms with showers nearby

Campsites with Electricity (Pecan Grove Area)

  • Number of people per site: 8
  • Number of sites: 20
  • Cost: $15 a night plus daily entrance fee or $90 a week

Amenities

  • Picnic table
  • Water hookup
  • Electric hookup
  • Lantern post
  • Fire ring with grill
  • Restrooms with showers nearby
example of a campsite or RV site at Abilene State Park. Picture of trees.
TPWD photo

Campsites with Electricity (Group Trailer Area)

  • Number of people per site: 8
  • Number of sites: 35
  • Cost: $12 nightly plus daily entrance fee $72 per week
  • Contact Customer Service Center (512) 389-8900 or the park (325) 572-3204 for group availability

These sites are for RV groups or to be used as an overflow area.

There is no screening between sites.

Picnic tables and fire rings are scattered around the loop, not at each site.

Restrooms without showers in the area. Restrooms with showers are 1/3 mile away.

Tents are allowed. Maximum vehicle length is 40 feet.

Amenities

  • Water hookup
  • 50 amp hookup
  • Restrooms nearby
  • Good for RV groups
  • Group Hall available for rent

Tent Only Campsites with Electricity

  • Number of eople per site: 8
  • Number of sites: 2
  • Cost: $15 a night plus daily park fee $90 a week
  • These sites are in the Pecan Grove camping area, sites #77 and 79.

Amenities

  • Picnic table
  • Water hookup
  • Electric hookup
  • Lantern post
  • Fire ring with grill
  • Restrooms with showers nearby

Tent Campsites with Water

  • Number of people per site: 8
  • Number of sites: 12
  • Cost: $12 a night plus daily park fee $72 a week
  • Maximum Tents: 2

Amenities

  • Picnic table
  • Water
  • Lantern post
  • Fire ring with grill
  • Restrooms with showers nearby

Screen Shelters at Abilene State Park

screened shelters at Abilene State Park offer a sturdy place to stay.
TPWD Photo
Interior of a screened shelter at Abilene State Park
TPWD Photo
  • Number of people per shelter: 8
  • Number of screened shelters: 8
  • Cost: $18 a night plus daily park fees, $108 a week

Amenities

  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Restrooms with showers nearby

Abilene State Park Yurts

Yurt Exterior TWPD Photos

Yurts for 5

  • Number of people per site: 5
  • Number of sites: 6
  • Cost: $75 deposit required, $50 a night plus daily park fees

A yurt — a bent wood-framed tent — are meant to be open-air structures. They may get uncomfortable when the Texas heat goes above 90 degrees.

Sorry pet owners, but no pets are allowed in Yurts or in any state park building.

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The yurts are wheelchair accessible. Here is a picture of the inside of the yurt, which has a microwave and mini fridge.

TPWD Photos

Amenities

  • Picnic table
  • Outdoor grill
  • Fire ring
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Interior light
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Night stand
  • Double/single bunk bed with mattresses
  • Fold-out sofa
  • Restrooms with showers nearby

8 Person Yurt

Yurts at Abilene state park can be a fun way to camp. Interior of yurt.
TWPD Photos
  • Number of sites: 1
  • Number of people per site: 8
  • Cost: $75 deposit required, $75 a night plus daily park fees

Amenities

  • Electricity
  • Interior light
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 8 people max.
  • Double/single bunk bed with mattresses
  • Single/single bunk bed
  • Single pull-out trundle bed
  • Fold-out sofa
  • Night stand
  • Fire ring
  • Outside picnic table
  • Water spigot
  • 100 yards from restrooms/showers

$75

Nightly

Plus daily
entrance fee

Note: Information and prices are subject to change. Please contact Abilene State Park for rates Call park information 1-800-792-1112.