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Palmetto State Park, Gonzales

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#51 of 150 in Nature in Texas
Palmetto State Park is a state park located in Gonzales County, Texas, United States northwest of Gonzales and southeast of Luling. The land was acquired by deeds from private owners and the City of Gonzales in 1934 - 1936 and was opened in 1936.FeaturesThe park is named for the dwarf palmetto, which grows abundantly in the park. The San Marcos River runs through the park. The 4acre Oxbow Lake, initially created by flood waters, is now independent of the river and is spring fed. There are many bogs throughout the park that are surrounded by dense vegetation, giving the park a jungle-like atmosphere.The park was constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps Companies 873 and 886 between 1934 and 1937. The CCC built Park Road 11, a low water crossing on the San Marcos River, a water tower/storage building, refectory, and residence, barbeque pits, picnic seating, rock pool and retention dams, rock table, culverts, concrete picnic tables, and two sets of entrance portals.FloraIn addition to the dwarf palmetto, red buckeye and rattan vine are prevalent in the park.FaunaWhite-tailed deer are common throughout the park, as are raccoons, nine-banded armadillos, and fox squirrels. Over 240 species of birds such as the pileated woodpecker, and Kentucky warbler have been recorded within the park's boundaries. Some of the birds often spotted include the prothonotary warbler, and red-shouldered hawk.
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  • This is an average size park with several places to visit nearby. Hosts might seem a little overbearing but they are helpful and keep the park safe.  more »
  • We stayed here for 2 nights. The campsites are big and spaced out. We stayed at the water only side and there wasn’t many people. More people were on the electric side. Make note that the showers are ...  more »
  • Plenty of hiking available at state park. The trails are pretty flat and took the longest combination of trails I believe (ottine swamp, mesquite flats trail, san marcos river trail). Did almost step ...  more »
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  • This park isn't as big as the pictures from the website make it look, but it is definitely big enough for a couple nights under the stars! The trails are very beautiful and easy to navigate. They have the trail covered in a fine thin gravel that makes the trail easy to walk and bring children along. There are a few tent sites right by the lake and RV sites just past the lake up by where the trails start and end. We only spent one night here on our way down to the gulf.
  • Awesome park. The campsites are spacious enough to not hear every word from your neighbors, and the trails are beautiful. A little on the smaller side so spaces full up fast.
  • This is a great park for kids under 10 years old. My kids, 3 and 5, ran all the trails without a problem! The variation of foliage is fun. Raised widen trails over the swampy parts. Wild horses and lots of wildlife! Clean bathrooms, but also close to amenities around I-10. We will go back soon!
  • Bathroom clean hot water and well maintained. Park host treats everyone like family. Sites are clean. Great trails. But fishing is awful. But even a bad day fishing is a good day
  • Absolutely fantastic! Came in on a Wednesday and no one was there...beautiful trees and trails, great campsite next to the river, hardly any bees or ants. We had a great time :D

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