“so much to do!”
Fort site structures include seven of the original buildings which have been restored: the post hospital; the officer's quarters (commanding officer); a powder magazine; a morgue; a commissary; a guard house; and a bakery, which baked 600 loaves per day. There are also two replicas: officers' and enlisted men's barracks. The officers' barracks houses the Interpretive Center.Activities include historical study, picnicking, camping, hiking, biking, day-use equestrian, nature study, wading in the creek (seasonal), swimming (accessible via Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway or by road), and fishing. For anglers, Quarry lake is stocked with catsfish, bass and trout periodically during the year.Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway: The Lost Creek trail was funded through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, with Texas Parks and Wildlife, the City of Jacksboro and Jack County as partners, sharing in the matching funds for this grant program. It was authorized for construction in 1994. The cost for the trail was $442,000. The grand opening ceremony was held on National Trails Day, June 6, 1998.Located at Fort Richardson and Jacksboro, this approximately 10-mile hike, bike and equestrian trail runs adjacent to Fort Richardson and along Lost Creek, which is the main watershed for the two city lakes. The trail follows scenic Lost Creek and travels the east side of Lake Jacksboro and Lost Creek Reservoir. The trail crosses the dam at Lost Creek Reservoir and winds along the west side until it enters the trail head. This is a linear trail system that winds with the terrain and abounds in scenic beauty. It travels through the park with many shaded areas of pecan and oak trees. Most of the trail travels by the creek or lakes which provide numerous opportunities to fish and swim. This is a beautiful trail, abundant also in wildlife and wildflowers. There is a trail head at Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site and a trail head on Lost Creek Reservoir.This trail is 10-feet wide and has an improved surface of base material with a topping of approximately 4 inches of screening materials. This surface creates a smooth trail for many uses.
Fort Richardson has many great elements to make it a State Park worth visiting. If you are into history, Fort Richardson has lots of great stories in it. We arrived in time to enjoy the afternoon ranger guided tour which took you into most of the buildings on the property. The officers quarters and the hospital were well done and really gave you a sense of what it would have been like when the fort was active. This is where we spent most of our time during our visit.
On the site, there is an old quarry that has turned into a stocked fishing hole. When we pulled in, you could see lots of action from the fish in the pond and there were a number of fishermen wetting their line.
We toured the camping area and the campsites look like they would be a nice stay.
Overall I was pretty impressed and would not mind camping here in the future.
Really nice park. Very quiet, very clean. I stayed in Over Flow Camping as I didn't need the water and electric hook ups. Had the whole area to myself. Well except for a Road Runner that adopted me. Lots of wild flowers and while it was cloudy all night, I can see why this is a dark park. I bet the sky is amazing at night.
This was a very nice and clean park. Enjoyed the creek and the playground. We also went to the lake and crossed the low water crossing bridge. Highly recommend if in the area especially with kids.
We visited on a historic reenactment day which made this a better day otherwise the park is probably a little boring. Small fort without a wall/fence?! The barracks building creeped out my 4yo girl for some reason. The original officers quarters and old hospital facility was neat to see. We did it as a day trip. There is a small museum to browse through with a little history of the area and fort period. Read a little Texas history before you go.
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Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site
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