Palmetto State Park
78 Park Road 11 South
Palmetto State Park
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 52
Number of Sites with Electric and Water: 18
Number of Full Hookup Sites: 2
About: Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, birding, nature study, pedal boat and canoe rentals, swimming, tubing, and canoeing. Palmetto's Wild Outdoor Adventure and Ecology Program: For 8 to 12-year-old children is offered the first two weeks of June. Children participate in "hands on" activities throughout the park with an experienced and certified science teacher. Activities that promote awareness and appreciation of the environment and explore options for responsible human actions are featured. This exciting day program provides children with rewarding summer experiences that are educational and fun! The program affords families an excellent opportunity to camp together for a week, while allowing parents to have time to themselves during the day while their children are engaged in the program's activities. Enrollment, available for one or two weeks (Monday through Thursday), is limited. Call the park for information and special package rates that include camping and program enrollment.
The San Marcos River runs through the park. Boaters can put in at Luling City Park and travel 14 miles to Palmetto, portaging around one dam along the way. Take-in and take-out points are limited, mostly bordered by private land. There are no rapids, but almost always a steady current. Check river conditions at the park. Bring your own canoe and arrange your shuttles.
Facilities include 18 campsites with water and electricity; 2 campsite with water, electricity, and sewage (available when not occupied by a park host); 20 campsites with water; 1 premium (large capacity) campsite with water (weekly rates are available on all campsites); a group camping area; a group picnic shelter with kitchen (ideal for family reunions, company picnics, and weddings); restrooms with showers and baby changing stations; playgrounds; a trailer dump station; picnic tables; and 3 miles of interpretive and hiking trails. Be sure to stop by the Texas State Park Store to rent pedal boats, and buy fire wood, ice, nature books, post cards, and other Palmetto State Park gifts and souvenirs.
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