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Camping at Palmetto State Park

A little piece of the tropics lies just an hour from Austin and San Antonio.

With multiple sources of water (including the San Marcos River), Palmetto State Park is a haven for a wide variety of animals and plants. Look for dwarf palmettos, the park’s namesake, growing under the trees.

Please Note:  Your registration fee includes your campsite AND dinner Friday night, breakfast and dinner Saturday.  Lunch is on your own.

Things to Do

This small park offers a large amount of fun, both on water and land. On the water, you can swim, tube, fish and canoe. Besides the flowing river, the park also has an oxbow lake, an artesian well and swamps. They rent four-person pedal boats, three-person canoes, one-person kayaks, one-person paddle boards, and a fishing boat for use on the lake. Life jackets and oars are included. They rent inner tubes for the lake and river.

On land, hike or bike our trails, camp, geocache, go birding or study nature. Hike the Palmetto Trail which winds through a stand of dwarf palmettos. Host a gathering at our CCC-built picnic pavilion, which has an air-conditioned kitchen. Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map.

- Birding:  The park is located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and is a birding "hot spot." Birders have observed more than 240 species of birds in the park.

- Go fishing in the river or in Oxbow Lake, which has a fishing pier. We have some fishing equipment to loan. Remember, you do not need a license to fish from shore in a state park.

- Canoe the San Marcos River. The river has a steady current, but no rapids; check river conditions at the park. Bring your own canoe and arrange your own shuttles.

- Experienced paddlers can put in at Luling City Park and take six- to seven-hour trip to the park. Private land borders the river, so put-in and take-out points are limited.

- Palmetto State Park is a great weekend destination, with lots to do in nearby towns.

  • Luling is home to the Luling Oil Museum and is renowned for watermelons, barbecue and colorfully decorated pump jacks. Luling hosts the Watermelon Thump the last full weekend in June.
  • Texans know Gonzales as the "Cradle of Texas History," where the first shots were fired for Texas Independence. The city celebrates this heritage with the Come and Take It Celebration (first weekend of October).
  • If you’re hankering for barbecue, head north to Lockhart, the official Barbecue Capital of Texas.

Event: dont-post Camping at Palmetto State Park Event Cost: $35.00
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Overnight: Yes Kid Friendly: No
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