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Palmetto State Park, Gonzales

#50 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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131 reviews
  • July 18, 2017
    We had never heard of the park but found it by accident because it's near to the I-10 and a Bucky's. We took about 25 minutes or so to drive thru for a look. There is a river, a lake, a scenic viewpoi...  more »
  • May 27, 2017
    Ah yes, Palmetto. We booked the cabin for three days and ended up leaving in disgust after the first day. Here is what you need to know about Palmetto: it is a small park. It has many wonderful things...  more »
  • May 4, 2017
    Just a beautiful place to go. We did a company bbq there and it was great. So many things are available to rent if you dont bring them like canoes and paddle boats on a serene lake. The water is cool ...  more »
  • April 25, 2017
    I am a nature lover,birder and photographer. This is a perfect place for all three of the above! There are easy hiking trails and accommodations for campers from tents to travel traiers and even a few cabins. There is also fishing in both the San Marcos River and an oxbow lake. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to spend a day or a week or even longer!
  • February 27, 2017
    One of my favorite places for overnight stays. Generous spaces, private and quiet. Fire pit, grill, picnic table on giant slab plus a tent slab on the back side of our space. Clean bathroom/shower with good hot water pressure. Love the easy trail (right outside my door from space #3) for walking our dog. Fun things for the Grandkids to do such as swimming, fishing, paddle boats, canoes and playground. Our camp host was friendly, attentive and helpful.
  • March 28, 2017
    We camped here with our young family and will definitely be back! Lots of shade in space 38. Short trails near by, quick trails that you can add on to your day to make you feel like you did a lot. Very friendly camp site host. Will be back, for sure.
  • July 9, 2017
    Great Fishing at Oxbow Lake.Hubby caught a 7 pounder. Kids LOVE swimming, boating, fishing and just the whole experience.
  • February 23, 2017
    This place it's so great for Camping, Hiking, Biking, Swimming and also... if you want you can rent one place to do your especial event. You can find little wild animals, of course you have to respect them since some of them are snakes and could cause an undesirable situation, but if you keep your distance and don't provoke them you'll be fine. In general It's a great Park, I truly recommend this place to spend a great moment with nature.

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