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Palmetto State Park, Gonzales
(4.5/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Going at the end of October was perfect. Went with Cub Scouts. The hikes are not too long and scenic. Would have liked to see more birds. Perhaps they are avoiding people. The trails are well maintain...  more »
  • We enjoyed our drive through the state path and fit some beautiful photo opportunities! We want to come back and camp and fish here! 
  • Saw all the beautiful photos and was excited. The drive into the park is beautiful but was disappointed by the size and limited access to water views. Of course, on a Saturday it was teaming with peop...  more »
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  • All the sites in the premium campground are good, roomy, long enough for lengthy rigs (we had a 40-foot Class A and full-size truck.) Trails are well-maintained, campsites are clean and shady. Peaceful. Only wish the camp hosts (all of whom were great, friendly) would have battery-operated vehicles instead of the obnoxious noisy ones they ride around in. Otherwise, this is a great experience and we recommend it!
  • This was one of the most fun camping locations to take my family. Beautiful surroundings. We all had a ball.
  • Beautiful, several trails, clean and friendly staff. It's a small park but we enjoyed it the most.
  • I found myself saying "This is Central Texas?!" An amazing park with plenty of hiking. The boardwalks along some of the trails are very nice and the trails are well kept otherwise. Plenty of shade, so you can enjoy this even on a hot summers day.
  • The trails are ok ...best if left natural with out the gravel. And for so much real estate there.. It only has around five or six miles worth of mostly walking trails. But ....it is beautiful there with other things to do as well.