Texas Forts Trail 50th Anniversary Caravan
ROAD TRIP! Gather up a group of friends,
gas up your car or motorcycle and travel the trail with us! 


Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 8:00 AM CDT
Sat, Oct 6, 2018 at 3:00 PM CDT

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Multiple Locations along
the Texas Forts Trail

Lodging Information

All caravan participants are responsible for their own overnight accommodations. Special rates and room blocks have been arranged at the hotels listed below; we encourage you to contact these hotels and ask for the "Texas Forts Trail Caravan" room block/rates. Please book as soon as possible!

The evening of Wed, Oct 3rd - Abilene 
Room block rates available through Wed, Sept 26.

Courtyard By Marriott
Abilene Northeast

2141 Scottish Road 
(325) 673-0400
$119/night plus tax

Towne Place Suites
Abilene Northeast

2142 Scottish Road 
(325) 673-0400
$119/night plus tax

Click Here for for hotel links.


End of Day One: Oct 4th - Brownwood
Room block rates no longer available but
we recommend:

La Quinta Inn
103 Market place Blvd 
(325) 641-1731
$95/night plus tax


End of Day Two: Oct 5th - San Angelo 
Room block rates no longer available but we recommend:
Baymont Inn & Suites
1418 Bryant

(325) 617-7990
$93/night plus tax

Fairfield Inn & Suites
1459 Knickerbocker
(325) 482-8400
$99/night plus tax 

Fly the Flag while
You're on the Caravan!

A limited supply of car flags are available for caravan participants. Select either the commemorative 50th Anniversary version or the traditional Forts Trail version - they're only $20 each. Be sure to place your order when you register!

Explore the Lone Star State while learning
about those who made it great!

The Texas Forts Trail Caravan is for anyone who enjoys a road trip! When the Forts Trail was founded in 1968 by Governor John Connally and the Texas Highway Department (now TXDOT), the governor, his wife, and an entourage of state and regional officials drove the entire 600+ mile trail in two days time! In honor of the trail's 50th anniversary we'll be replicating that caravan drive over a three day period in early October.

You can expect stops at eight historic forts and at the largest Spanish fort built in Texas! Each of these sites played crucial roles in the history of our great state - and nation. Along the way we'll enjoy local cuisine that will bring your taste buds to life! The caravan will have plenty of stops in quaint towns with lots of folklore. Drive time will be occupied with trivia games and I Spy, with prizes to be awarded at the end of the day. 

Join us for a real Texas treat - whether for just a 20-mile leg of the trip, a full day or the entire journey!  

There is no charge for participating in the Caravan and registration is
not required - although for planning purposes we certainly appreciate
knowing how many folks will be joining in!

However, reservations ARE required if you'd like to the partake of the
pre-planned lunches and dinners. Many of the places we will be traveling
through and/or stopping in are small rural communities or sites with
very limited dining options. We strongly suggest making plans to be
part of the group meals in order to share the experience with your
fellow travelers and to guarantee getting an authentic local meal. 

Stops / Points of Interest / Route Preview 

Click Here for Schedule 
Map and Details for Day One - first half map
Map and Details for Day One - second half map
Map and Details for Day Two Map
Map and Details for Day Three Map
Day One - Thu, Oct 4:  Frontier Texas!, Fort Phantom, Albany, Fort Griffin, Throckmorton, Fort Belknap (Lunch), Graham, Possum Kingdom, Jacksboro, Fort Richardson, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Strawn, Ranger, De Leon, Comanche and ending in Brownwood with dinner catered by Underwood's BBQ at the historic railroad depot.

  • Day Two - Fri, Oct 5: Brownwood, Brady, Mason, Menard, Presidio De San Saba (Lunch), Fort McKavett, Eldorado and ending in San Angelo at Fort Concho NHL with a special dinner and evening program.
  • Day Three - Sat, Oct 6: Fort Concho, Robert Lee, Bronte, Fort Chadbourne, Winters, Tuscola with Lunch at Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, and ending in Abilene at Frontier, Texas! 

Meals and Special Programs 

Reservations ARE required for the following pre-planned meals and programs: reservations must be made by noon on Monday, October 1.
For late additions, please call us at (325) 660-6774.

Day One (10/4) Lunch - Ft Belknap
Enjoy lunch under the large live oak trees at Fort Belknap. 
(Menu details to be provided soon!) $12.50 each

Day One (10/4) Dinner & Program - Brownwood
Complete Day One of the Caravan with dinner and a short program at the historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot in Brownwood. Catered by Underwood's BBQ, dinner will consist of that traditional Texas barbecue meal of sliced barbecue, roast chicken, sausage, pickles & onions, beans, potato salad, slaw, rolls, and cobbler. $15.00 each

Day Two (10/5) Lunch - Presidio de San Saba
Dine on the grounds of the Presidio de San Saba - the largest fort built by the Spanish in Texas. Catered by the Lazy Ladle, lunch will be a belly-filling meal of chicken fried steak with all the fixings! $12.50 each

Day Two (10/5) Ft Concho Dinner & Program
Complete Day Two with evening mess on the historic grounds of Fort Concho in San Angelo. A special program you won't want to miss is in the works! The dinner chow menus is fried catfish and chicken tenders, hushpuppies, German potatoes, coleslaw, buttered corn, biscuits and banana pudding. $20.00 each

Day Three (10/6) End of the Road: Lunch at Perini Ranch Steakhouse
One last celebration with special guests and presentations as the caravan nears the end of the road at Perini Ranch Steakhouse! Enjoy Perini's fajita lunch: beef and chicken fajitas, ranch salad, chips, pico and guacamole, black bean and roasted corn salad, ranch beans, bread pudding, water and tea. Open bar with beer, wine and margaritas. $28.00 each

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For additional information, please contact the Texas Forts Trail at either 
(325) 660-6774 or info@texasfortstrail.com

Event Add-ons: These Optional Items are Available Upon Registration

2018 Trooper Member ($25) - The annual Forts Trail membership program offers the following benefits:
*Texas Forts Trail Passport - complete the Passport while on the Caravan and become eligible for grand prizes!
*One-year subscription to Authentic Texas magazine ($15 value)
*Exclusive monthly email “Dispatch” highlighting site meet-ups, special Forts Trail sponsored events, regional community events, and more! 

Complimentary Tickets to the West Texas Food Truck Festival with 38 Special (10/6). It's a day of family-friendly fun at the Back Porch of Texas with tons of food trucks from all over the area while enjoying live bands, 2 concert stages, vendors and more! The Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering Caravan participants free tickets; first come, first served!