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There is no charge to participate in the Caravan.
​Registration is not required but deeply appreciated!

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.

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

The Texas Forts Trail Caravan is for all true Texans. 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! The Forts Trail Caravan has something that will appeal to every Texan and beyond! 

So gather up a group of friends, gas up your car or motorcycle
and ​travel the trail with us!

Click Here
for additional event details and registration! 

Click Here
​for additional event details and registration! 

Day Two

  • Start the day in Brownwood 
  • Brady
  • Fort Mason 
  • Lunch at the Presidio De San Saba, Menard
  • Fort McKavett
  • Ending in San Angelo with dinner and program at Fort Concho  

Day One 

  • Start Journey at Frontier Texas! 
  • Fort Phantom Hill  
  • Fort Griffin 
  • Lunch at Fort Belknap 
  • Fort Richardson  
  • Mineral Wells
  • Ranger
  • Ending in Brownwood at the historic railroad depot with dinner catered by Underwood's BBQ .

Lodging Information 

In order to book your lodging during the Caravan,
please consider using the following hotels where
​special rates and a room block have been secured. ​

For the Night of October 3rd in Abilene

Note room blocks are available through Wed, Sept 26

Courtyard by Marriott Abilene Northeast
2142 Scottish road 
(325) 673-0400
$119/night plus tax
Room Block Code: Forts Trail Caravan​
Click here for link to hotel.

TownePlace Suites Abilene Northeast
2141 Scottish road 
(325) 673-0400
$119/night plus tax
Room Block Code: Forts Trail Caravan
Click here for link to hotel.


 For the Night of October 4th in Brownwood

The room block is no longer available but
we still recommend


​La Quinta Inn 
103 Market Place Boulevard
​325-641-1731
$99/night plus tax
Room Code Block: Forts Trail Caravan Group 


For the night of October 5th in San Angelo

The room blocks are no longer available but
we still recommend

​Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriot
1459 Knickerbocker
 325-482-8400
$99/night plus tax
​Room Block Code: Forts Trail Caravan

Baymont Inn & Suites
1418 N Bryant
325-617-7990
​$93/night plus tax
Room Block Code: Forts Trail Caravan

Texas Forts Trail Region 

50th Anniversary Caravan

Thursday, October 4 * Friday, October 5 *  Saturday, October 6

Day Three

  • Start the day from Fort Concho
  • Robert Lee
  • Fort Chadbourne 
  • Winters
  • ​Lunch at Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap
  • Ending at Frontier,Texas!