Palmetto State Park is a state park located in Gonzales
County, Texas, United States
northwest of Gonzales and southeast of Luling.
The land was acquired by deeds from private owners and the City of Gonzales in
1934 - 1936 and was opened in 1936.
78 Park Road 11 South
Gonzales, TX 78629-5180
Reserve by phone: (512)
389-8900 or online (see link below).
12 Years and Under: Free
Gate is locked only when the park is closed for emergencies.
Office Hours - Open 8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. daily;
closed from noon – 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
Busy Season: Make overnight reservations at least
two to three weeks ahead of time from March to November.
The park is named for the
Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor), which grows abundantly in the park. The San
Marcos River runs through the park. The 4-acre (1.6 ha) Oxbow Lake,
initially created by flood waters, is now independent of the river and is
spring fed. There are many bogs throughout the park that are surrounded by
dense vegetation, giving the park a jungle-like atmosphere.
The park was constructed
by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Companies 873 and 886 between 1934 and
1937. The CCC built Park Road 11, a low water crossing on the San Marcos River,
a water tower/storage building, refectory, and residence (currently the park
headquarters), barbeque pits, picnic seating, rock pool and retention dams,
rock table, culverts, concrete picnic tables, and two sets of entrance portals.
In addition to the Dwarf
Palmetto, Red Buckeye and Rattan vine are prevalent in the park.
White-tailed deer are
common throughout the park, as well as Raccoons, Nine-banded Armadillos, and Fox
Squirrels. Over 240 species of birds such as the Pileated Woodpecker, and Kentucky
Warbler have been recorded within the park's boundaries. Some of the birds
often spotted include the Prothonotary
Warbler, and Red-shouldered Hawk.