Break out the sunscreen and don’t forget your sunbrella at Abilene State Park, located right in the heart of Texas. This 530-acre plot is deeply entwined amongst a tangle of red oak, elm, pecan and cottonwood trees, which provide shade and shelter from the sweltering summer heat. You’ll be able to check out fishing equipment on loan just as you would library books as part of the Tackle Loaner Program. Other main attractions include the horseshoe pit, volleyball pit, basketball hoop and a large open field for group games and activities. Aside from fishing, other water sports offered are boating and swimming but are subject to closures during times of drought. Interested in spending the night? Along with tent camping, water and electricity hookups are available for RV’s and yurts and a lake cabin are also available for rental.
Abilene State Park, southwest of Abilene, in Taylor County, is among a low range of hills called the Callahan Divide in the extreme western portion of North Central Texas. Acquired in 1933 by deed from the city of Abilene, Abilene State Park was opened and dedicated on May 10, 1934. The park's total acreage is 529.4.
Original park construction was completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. Comanches frequented what is now the park, camping in the groves of native pecan trees, like the present park's picnic area.