Texas Forts Trail Region

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Comancheria

County Frontier Historical Markers Maps
(Brownwood) Brown | Callahan | (Robert Lee) Coke | Coleman | Comanche | Paint Rock) Concho | Eastland | Erath | (Roby) Fisher | Haskell | (Mertzon) Irion | Jack | (Anson) Jones | Mason | (Brady) McCulloch | Menard | (Goldthwaite) Mills | (Sweetwater) Nolan | Palo Pinto | (Ballinger) Runnels | San Saba | (Eldorado) Schleicher | Shackelford | Stephens | (Aspermont) Stonewall | (Abilene) Taylor | Throckmorton | (San Angelo) Tom Green | Young

Map of Texas Forts Region

Brownwood | Buffalo Gap | Camp Cooper | Camp San Saba | Cedar Gap | Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River | Dove Creek Battle | John Duncan's Fort | Fort Belknap | Fort Chadbourne | Fort Concho | Fort Griffin | Fort Mason | Fort McKavett | Fort Phantom Hill | Headwaters of the Concho | Johnston's Station | Kickapoo Creek | Nortenos Attack | Paint Rock | Pecos Falls | Presidio de San Saba | Robert's Fight | Rock Creek | Salt Fork of the Brazos | Spanish Destroy Apache Settlement | Spanish/Apache Battle on the San Saba

Ghosts of the Cross Timbers Road Trip

The sites covered on the map are of battles and massacres for the counties of Jack, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant, Wise and Young

Cross Plains Road Trip

Eastern Texas Forts Trail

The sites covered on the map are of battles and massacres for the counties of Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Taylor, Throckmorton and Young.

It has been a while since I have visited Throckmorton, Albany, Breckenridge and Buffalo Gap but I can confidently recommend a visit to Albany and the old restored Ledbetter Cabin with it's artifacts, the jail's contemporary art museum and the quaint little shops and restaurants on the square. Fort Griffin, its museum and restored buildings are magnificent but many, including Texas author A.C. Greene, rank the old ruins at Fort Phantom Hill as their favorite fort stop.

I hope you will check back later when I've had a chance to revisit the area and update my recommended routes and stops.

Western Map - Texas Fort-Overland Trail
Counties: Coke, Coleman, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Ector, Edwards, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Midland, Mitchell, Nolan, Reagan, Real, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Taylor, Terrell, Tom Green and Upton.
Download the Texas Forts Trail Brochure
Cross Plains Blood Trail Map
Panhandle/Staked Plains Battle Site
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