Fort McKavett State Historic Site

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San Angelo State Park, a 7677 acre facility, is located just west of the City of San Angelo in the Panhandle Plains region of Texas. Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding on multi-use trails, lake swimming and wading, fishing, boating, a three level orienteering course, and bird and wildlife observation. The park has a hunting program with a State Park Annual Hunting Permit and special drawing hunts for deer and spring turkey.

History:

San Angelo State Park is located on the shores of O.C. Fisher Reservoir, which was completed by the US Corps of Engineers in 1952 for flood
control on the North Concho River. The park, adjacent to the City of San Angelo in Tom Green County, is an oasis of quality outdoor recreation in an area of west Texas known as Concho Country. It was leased by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in May 1995 and was opened to the public May 1, 1995. The property contains 7677 acres, most of which will remain undeveloped. Park redevelopment
to its full recreational potential is expected to take a number of years. In the meantime, a wide range of facilities are available for the njoyment of the visitor.

Archeological findings indicate some 18,000 years of Native American occupation in the expansive West Texas region, beginning with the
Paleo-American hunters of giant Ice Age mammals. The Euro-American history of the area begins with 16th- and 17th-century Spanish exploration and the missions established for the semi-settled Jumano Indians. Some of these Jumanos made their way along the forks of the Concho River on expeditions to trade with Indian groups in central and eastern Texas. By the mid-1800’s, German immigrants began to acquire land in the Concho River region. The increasing need to protect California-bound travelers led to the establishment of Fort Concho in 1867. From then on, farmers, ranchers, and sheepherders all contributed to the settlement of Concho Country, with San Angelo (originally Santa Angela) becoming the county seat of Tom Green County in 1883. The American Indian rock art, ancient animal tracks, and the majestic bison add a prehistoric touch to this park. The park is also home to the Official Texas State Longhorn Herd.

Camping:

Maximum 8 people per campsite unless otherwise noted. Applicable daily entrance fees are charged in addition to the campsite or facility fee.

10 – Backpack primitive campsites – These sites are in the River Bend section. Most areas have water spigots and pit toilets. They are accessible by foot, horseback or bike; distance ranges from 5 to 20 miles. Everything that is packed in must be packed out.:
$8 per night

38 – Developed (drive-up) primitive campsites – These are drive-up sites with a picnic table and grill. Most sites are covered:

$8 per night

60 – Campsites with electric & water hook-ups – These sites are located on the South Shore of the lake (closest to the town) in the Red Arroyo section:

$18 per night; $90 per week (November through February); $360 per month
(November through February)

11 – Campsites with electric & water hook-ups – These sites are in the Bald Eagle Creek section. The Army Corps of Engineers name for this area was “Dry Creek”. Horses are allowed in this area. Equestrians may bring portable pens but there are NO pens or tethers provided in this area:

$18 per night; $90 per week (November through February); $360 per month
(November through February)

10 – Equestrian campsites with electric & water hook-ups – These sites are in the North Concho section. Pens are furnished. You can tie extra horses to the tree, or horse trailer:

$18 per night

Lodging:

6 – Limited Use Cabins – These enclosed log shelters accommodate 6 persons and include 1 double bed and 4 bunk bends, a trailer hook-up outside, water, electricity, outdoor grill and picnic table. There is no kitchen. Excess occupancy fee of $5 per person when approved by the park.

$48 per night + tax

Group Sites:

Group picnic pavilion campground – Known as the “Chaparral Group Pavilion”. This Pavilion is open with water and electricity, it also has tables and a large covered smoker/cooker. If you want to book the facility for overnight, you must rent a minimum of 10 electric & water campsites in the Red Arroyo area:

$40 per day

Note: Fee is waved if renting 10 sites in this area.

Group picnic pavilion – Known as the “North Concho Group Area”:

$40 per day

Group Picnic Area:

$40 per day

Amphitheater:

$40

Trails:

There are over 50 miles of developed multi-use trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use; and 20 miles of backpacking.

Wildlife:

The park sits astride the junction of four ecological zones: the High Plains to the north, the Texas Hill Country to the south, the Rolling Plains to the east, and the arid Trans-Pecos to the west. Consequently, plant and animal life are highly diversified, including some 350 species of birds and about 50 species of mammals.The park is also home to Bison and the Official Texas State Longhorn Herd.

Seasons and Hours:

The park is open 7 days a week year round. The following are the gate hours:

Gate Hours
(If you will be a late arrival, you must call for late arrival instructions prior to 5pm on your arrival date):

  • Spring & Summer:
    • South Shore Gatehouse: 8am – 8pm (Sunday through Thursday); 8am – 9pm
      (Friday & Saturday).
    • North Shore Gatehouse: 8am – 7pm (Sunday through Thursday); 8am – 8pm
      (Friday & Saturday).
  • Winter:
    • South Shore Gatehouse: 8am – 7pm (Sunday through Thursday); 8am – 8pm
      (Friday & Saturday).
    • North Shore Gatehouse: 8am – 6pm (Sunday through Thursday); 8am – 7pm
      (Friday & Saturday).

Entrance Fees:

  • $3 per day, per
    person 13 and older.
  • Group Adult
    entrance fee per person: $1Contact the Park to make prior arrangements.
  • Group
    School-Sponsored Trip:Contact the Park to make arrangements.

Special entrance rates for:

  • Holders of:
    • Texas State Parks Pass.
    • Youth Group Annual Entrance Permit.
    • Texas Parklands Passport (Bluebonnet Pass)
  • Children 12 and under (free

Elevation:

1847 feet

Weather:

Average annual rainfall 18.2; average January minimum 32; average July maximum 97.

Contact Information:

San Angelo State Park

South Shore Entrance

362 S. FM 2288

North Entrance

7126 N. FM 2288

Administration/Headquarters

3900 Mercedes Ave.

San Angelo TX 76901

325/949-8935
(Gatehouse/Reservation Info.)

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby attractions include Fort Concho, a restored historic fort; the City of San Angelo; Concho Avenue, which has a historic shopping district; the Riverwalk; and the Cactus Hotel.

 

 

 

 Fort McKavett State Historic Site is an 80 acre State Historic Site in Menard County, Texas.  Fort McKavett was a frontier fort established as Camp San Saba in 1852 to protect settlers from Indian raids. The camp was renamed in honor of Captain Henry McKavett, who was killed in the Mexican-American War battle of Monterrey.

The area surrounding Fort McKavett was home to both Comanche and Apache War tribes. The fort built of native limestone, live oak and pecan along with finished lumber shipped in from San Antonio.  It was built on a hilltop overlooking the San Saba River and originally named Camp San Saba.

The fort was abandoned in 1859 when the Indian problem decreased as they had moved farther north. When the Indian problems were not a threat the fort was taken over by settlers but following the Civil War the Indian attacks were on the increase again and the fort was reactivated in 1868.  By this time the fort was in disrepair and had to be repaired and maintained in operable condition.  Much of the work that was needed to be completed was performed by the black Buffalo soldiers. By 1871 the fort was in good shape, so much in fact that General William T. Sherman, upon his inspection referred to it as “the prettiest post in Texas.”

By 1883 the fort was once again closed down because the soldiers were no longer needed and once again settlers moved in and the fort was turned into a town named Fort McKavett.   In 1968 the actual fort was acquired by the State of Texas and made an official historical site.

Today visitors to this historic site see a mixture of restored buildings and ruins.  The fort has a visitor’s center which features exhibits documenting the history of the fort.

Hours

Open: Daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Admission Fees

Adults: $4

Ages 6-18/Students with ID/Adult Tour Groups: $3 per person

5 and under: free

School Groups: $1 per student (reservations required)

  • To receive the  discounted group rate, please call  in advance at (325) 396-2358 to ensure your group gets the most out of your visit to Fort McKavett.

Directions:

Fort McKavett is located in the heart of West Texas, approximately 150 miles northwest of San Antonio.

Location:

7066 FM 864

Fort McKavett, TX 76841

(325) 396-2358

Directions:

From Menard, travel US Hwy 190 west for 17 miles, then turn south on FM 864 for six miles to the site.

Nearby Attractions:

While you’re in the area, visit these nearby sites:

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