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    Palmetto State Park

    This park is easily accessed off of IH10 outside of Luling, TX, but the park's directions from their website give the following directions coming from Gonzales, TX:

    Directions: To reach the park, travel 10 miles northwest of Gonzales on US 183 to FM 1586, then west on FM 1586 for two miles to Ottine, then south on Park Road 11; or go six miles southeast of Luling on US 183, then southwest on Park Road 11 for two miles.

    Facilities/Park Amenities: The front part of the park is primarily set up for tent camping with water only (20 sites). The bathroom facilities there are not set up as nice as the one in the back part of the park which have water/electricity at those (18) sites. We usually pay the extra amount to stay in this part of the park since the bathroom facilities are bigger and are heated in the winter time. Paved parking is available at these sites for your mode of transportation, along with a concrete picnic table on a concrete pad, along with a firering, lantern pole, and barbeque grill. No designated tent pads are in the back part of the park - just pitch your tent where the ground is clear/level. While it is a fineable offense for collecting firewood, this park has a lot of fallen limbs/logs to make a great campfire.

    Park Attractions: The park has 3 miles of hiking/interpretive trails, to include extinct mud boil swamps and dwarf palmetto plants, which the park is named after. There is a concrete bridge over the San Marcos River for foot/bicycle traffic between the front/back parts of the park. There is a small lake in the front of the park for fishing and a concession for paddle boat/canoe rental.

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    Re: Palmetto State Park

    Good write up, thanks

    Steve
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    Re: Palmetto State Park

    Just a update since it's been a while for the review...
    It's still a really nice small park. Not much has changed. I haven't camped there but try to ride over there at least once a year. The entrance road is really pretty also. I took this pic overlooking where the concrete bridge is but the bridge is above and around the bend and out of the shot.
    Mike 1985 Goldwing(R.I.P.), 2003 & 2006 Yamaha Ventures

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    Re: Palmetto State Park

    Is there swimming in the river.
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    Re: Palmetto State Park

    Quote Originally Posted by lytle1gw View Post
    Is there swimming in the river.
    Yes. There's a low water crossing (closed to traffic) that's good for getting in and out.

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    We have camped at this park a couple of times. Nice surroundings. Small dwarf Palmetto palms make up the foliage. Spring fed waters of the San Marcos river. The town of Gonzalez is nearby which has historical significance prior to the battle of the Alamo, 1836. General Santa Ana wanted his cannon back and the town people said " come and take it". Battle flag has this message on it.

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    Re: Palmetto State Park

    Quote Originally Posted by lytle1gw View Post
    Is there swimming in the river.
    For river access, we prefer a private park 20 minutes up river from Palmetto SP. The river comes through the park and you can motorcycle tent camp as close to the river as you dare. There are cabins available and showers with camp store. Leisure Camp, Fentress, Tx. Excellent for tubing, kayaking, floating or just watching the river flow by. Waist deep and safe for families.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rvcycleguy View Post
    For river access, we prefer a private park 20 minutes up river from Palmetto SP. The river comes through the park and you can motorcycle tent camp as close to the river as you dare. There are cabins available and showers with camp store. Leisure Camp, Fentress, Tx. Excellent for tubing, kayaking, floating or just watching the river flow by. Waist deep and safe for families.
    Both of these parks are great recommendations! Can't wait to try 'em out.

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