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“Perfect for kids”

Palmetto State Park
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Gonzales
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Owner description: State park known for its lush plant life and excellent bird watching.
Reviewed March 6, 2014

We camped here with our Cub Scout pack on Feb 28- Mar 2, 2014. Sites 20-24 were perfect for our trip. They are closer together than the other sites and the playground area is right across the street. These sites back up to a pond area which is perfect for fishing. The kids could fish or play on the playground and always within sight. The pedal boats were an added bonus. The park is super clean and well maintained. A very pretty area, nice and relaxing. Trails were nice with access to the river. Saw deer, wild hogs, ducks, snakes...was a fun time!

1  Thank Juli K
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"rent canoes"
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

This is a great place. The staff here is unbelievable. upon arriving my wife slipped and fell and broke her ankle. The staff and everyone in the campground was very helpful. They help me find a hospital and drove me 80 miles to fill a prescription on Saturday night. They found a pharmacist that was open for me. The next day one the Rangers took a took it upon himself to find a wheelchair for me.the staff was very friendly and made believe this is the check on us. The trails are groomed beautifully so much so that I was able to wheel my wife through the trails. I definitely will return to this park on my next trip in the area. It is a very small park with only 20 campsites. Only one site has full hook up. If you want the site you must reserve it in advance.

3  Thank rrcomand
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

If you can, read up on the geography/geology of the park. It has remnant volcanic feature and microclimate. There is red sandstone throughout the park and some structure built of it, such as walls and borders, were done in the 1930's by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). This group was created to employ those out of work. The park has thermal springs and mud volcanoes and the general area is dotted sporadically with cinder cones from the Sequin area to the south of Austin. There are only three miles of trails in the park, but one source calls them, "some of the most scenic trails in this part of the state".

3  Thank falconfling1
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

A nice, laid - back park with easy trails, shaded camp sites and a small lake to fish, canoe, or paddle boat (rentals right there and inexpensive). San Marcos River also runs through the park. We tent camped 3 nights and enjoyed every minute! Park Hosts are helpful and informative.

2  Thank Melinda G
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We arrived at Palmetto State Park after dark and luckily found a nice campsite. We put on our headlamps to pitch our tent and then put out our dinner on the concrete picnic table. Later we walked over to the building with sinks and toilets to get ready for bed. Outside we met the very nice and helpful park ranger who said he would check with us in the morning. We were able to see layers of stars from the mesh roof of our tent. In the morning, after paying for our campsite and having a cup of coffee, we took a shower, had breakfast and planned our day. We started off with a walk on trails winding around palm trees and along the water. We could have stayed longer in this lovely park but decided to head off for another adventure.

2  Thank Connie W
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