America's Scenic Byways

Texas Forts Trail

697 miles - Plan for a few hours to enjoy sections or a week to enjoy the region.

From 1848 to 1900, the U.S. Army built 44 major posts and set up more than 100 temporary camps in Texas, the nation’s largest military installation. In addition, a number of earlier Republic-era forts, private bastions erected by pioneer families, and a host of much older presidios (forts) from the Spanish colonial period were built and abandoned.

Travel a virtual road to eight of the state’s remarkable frontier forts of West Central Texas and don’t miss the opportunity to investigate communities along the way. Experience Texas history in person through museum exhibits, living history presentations and unique local festivals and events.