Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $18.00
First Time at Palmetto State Park. This is a pretty Small State Park with one main loop for RV's. We stayed space 19 and parked front in because of a better view. Spaces are not too tight and facilities were very clean. There is a great view of the San Marcos River less than 100 yards away and very nice hiking trails through the park. Will definitely stay here again. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $20.00
Beautiful sites, spaced well apart. All sites had a grill and most were a smoker grill. Every site had water, electric, fire rings, picnic tables on a concrete pad and lantern hooks. The trails are well graded with gravel and have large signs posted WATCH FOR SNAKES. We watched carefully and did not see any. The landscape is beautiful with pools of water, palmettos, and cypress. Note: there is a separate tent only campground and a trailer/motorbike campground on opposite sides of the San Maros River. Watch the signs for trailer and the site number before turning as it is difficult to turn around in the tent campground. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Motorhome.
Tips for other Campers:
There is an Old Jail Museum and a Walmart in Gonzales. Buckees (an experience if you haven't been there before) on I10 exit. Luling is evidently known for its BBQ but we did not try.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $15.00
Attractive park with several nice trails. Wooded sites. It was rainy and cold while I was there so I didn't explore as much as I would have liked. Very few campers. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Motorhome.
Arrived well after dark, and the road from Luling to the park is a dark, narrow road. But, we had scoped the park earlier in the teip, and knew where we were going. Sites are asphalt paved and easy to back in to. Level, although we saw one site on a significant slope. Perfect utilities. Camp host registered us with no hassle. Beautiful tropical forest setting. Had to leave early because of an emergency. Will return again one day to see the CCC structures and hike the wide, beautiful woodland trails. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very nice, green, and shady park! It offers camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, playgrounds, and boating. For boating, you can launch your own, or rent one from the park store, which offers canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats for use on the lake. The store also rents inner tubes for floating on the San Marcos River, which runs through the park. The park has many trails available for hikers and bikers. It also has structures that were built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and an informative and scenic interpretive trail. There are a wide range of accommodations ranging from tent sites with water only, RV sites with water and electric, 1 full hookup RV site, and 1 mini-cabin. Some sites are very level, while others have a slope. Water and electric supplies are good. On the technology side, we received a few over-the-air TV stations, from Austin and San Antonio, but they were weak. Also got weak 3G cell phone service from Verizon. The park was quiet and peaceful, even on a holiday weekend, and it's sites are very shady to help keep you cool. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $24.00
Just an overnight stop for us and I called from San Antonio to make sure they had vacancies in the RV area. Lady who checked us in was very nice and let us pick our spot (from her computer screen) We had a nice site with trees on one side and a large field and trail on the other side. Enjoyed walking some of the trails by the river and a very peaceful stay despite being only a few miles off I-10. We would stay here again. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $20.00
Nice park, level sites well separated. Hiking trails well maintained. Headquarters was beyond the campground turnoff and it was difficult to get turned back around. Would camp there again. Relaxed and comfortable setting. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $18.00
If this park had sewer hookups, it would rate a 10. Great sites with lots of space and new, level parking pads. Each site has a picnic table and a grill; some have smoker pits also. The park is small and quiet and TV is pretty much out of the question. Stay here to read and hike and enjoy nature (we had about 10 deer in the field next to us this morning). We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $18.00
We stayed in site #2 which is the only site besides the camp hosts that has full hookups. This park has several bike and hike trails. The trail through the palmettos is fun. Luling is close by. City Market BBQ is very popular. We ate lunch at Blake's which was very good. The oil museum run by the Chamber of Commerce between these two restaurants was interesting. Buc-ee's is on the way to Luling and is always a must stop. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $18.00
We stayed here and really enjoyed the park, the park is very clean, well spaced, plenty of shade. ATT signal very strong (posting this review from our RV spot right now) bathrooms very clean. The walking trails were exceptional and made so event the most amateur of hiker could enjoy them, even in 100 degree heat the shade helped keep us cool. The park host were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Two drawbacks are no sewer hookup (dump station on the way out); and if you are trying to use your satellite dish, you are out of luck because of all the trees (it is a trade off for the wonderful shade) although one or two RV's managed to get a signal. You won't be disappointed in this place. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Travel Trailer.
We'd forgotten how nice this old CCC park is. An hour from either Austin or San Antonio, it's a true gem of Texas campgrounds. The CCC created some marvelous buildings that are well kept up. There are many trails, a small ox-bow lake for fishing, and the San Marcos river rushes between the tent and RV campgrounds. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $18.00
This is what all campgrounds should be like. Generous sized spaces under a canopy of trees. Grills and fire rings, some spaces even had small smoker-style bbq's. Lovely marked trails along the river. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with us, but would stay here again if given the opportunity. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $20.00
A little jewel in the woods. Very quiet. Small park with hiking opportunities along park paths. Nice CCC structures to view. Lots of trees so satellite not available at all sites. Verizon not too strong a signal. I've stayed here before and will again. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $20.00
This park is in an area that had quite a bit of rain in the days prior to our stay. Some of the walking trails were closed. This was a typical Texas State Park and was good for our one night stay. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $16.00
Great campground for kids and adults. Lots of room between sites, yet close enough to mingle with the neighbors. Great trails, lake for jumping off pier, warm spring for slow/ short tubing. Hosts and park managers friendly and visible every few hours. Take your canoes, kayaks, bikes, hiking gear. Lots of shade, paved sites, and super clean. Will do it again...we were pleasantly surprised. We camped at Palmetto State Park in a Travel Trailer.