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Palmetto State Park

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Address: Box 201 RR 5, Gonzales, TX 78629-9806
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+1 830-672-3266
8:15 am - 4:45 pm
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Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wed - Mon 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

State park known for its lush plant life and excellent bird watching.

State park known for its lush plant life and excellent bird watching.

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Beautiful and well kept TX state park

Trails were best kept state park trails I have seen thus far. Would have been perfect for bike riding! We walked many of the trails and each trail was very diverse with... read more

Reviewed November 26, 2016
Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2016

Trails were best kept state park trails I have seen thus far. Would have been perfect for bike riding! We walked many of the trails and each trail was very diverse with vegetation. Trails included one with large mossy oak trees with HUGE acorns, there was a palmetto trail with lush palmettos and swampy areas, and yet another that walked... More 

Thank L W
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We hiked the short, easy Palmetto interpretive trail, which led through dwarf several areas of dwarf palmetto trees. There are other easy hiking trails in the park, including one along the river. The park is definitively worth visiting if you are in the area.

Thank Jeff B
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2016

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 maintained. The San Marcos River is great. The low water crossing is amazing. Great for photos. I did not fish but heard recently stocked... More 

Thank funexplorer
Denham Springs, Louisiana
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our drive through the state path and fit some beautiful photo opportunities! We want to come back and camp and fish here!

Thank mrsparkercole
Corpus Christi, Texas
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49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

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 people enjoying nature, has many hiking trails but the map provided was a bit confusing.

Thank Cindy H
San Antonio, Texas
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100 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2016

This a small State Park as parks go but it has some interesting things to do. They have a small lake there and small campgrounds. But the smallness is good when you have children with you. It's very easy to keep tabs on them and the water attracts them for hours. The Palmetto part of the park is also of... More 

Thank Linda R
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Reviewed September 6, 2016

We just camped there for two nights on Labor day weekend. The park is small and it was crowded as can be expected. We brought our RV and had an electric/water hookup. Dump was available upon checking out but not at the site. There was a nice swimming hole with decks on a small lake that the kids enjoyed. The... More 

Thank Lisa M
San Antonio, Texas, United States
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful park with a lake ( small) and a river. Can rent paddle boat, boats, boards but can not do tubing any more. Prices are very reasonable! We decided not to swim in river after all, it looked muddy. Lake was fun! If you have time check out Lockhart State Park on way out, it's only 30 min away .... More 

1 Thank Irena S
Houston, Texas
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2016

My husband and I visited just for the hiking trails, but noticed how family-friendly this park is. If you just want to hike, the trails are exceptionally well maintained, and there are multiple paths back to the common areas, so you can easily get back to your camp or car if the trails wear you out. In our case, it... More 

1 Thank W9535UMlisah
Magnolia, Texas
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Came to Gonzales for PBR bull riding had some time so came to park its 11 miles from town nice small state park on San Marco river interesting swamp like area with lots of palmetto palms nice camp area as well as day use have small lake with swimming,canoeing,paddle boats and kayaking camping is water and electric with pads and... More 

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