Palmetto State Park Palmetto, Hiking, and Lake Trails

Gonzales, Texas

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Palmetto State Park offers three excellent short trail options that can be hiked separately or during a single outing. East and west Texas ecosystems meet up on these trails. The Palmetto Trail conjures scenes from the film Jurassic Park, with clinging vines, dwarf palmettos, green ponds, and a variety of insects in the Ottine Swamp. The four-acre oxbow lake, formed by the meandering San Marcos River and visited via the Lake Trail, offers a variety of vegetation and possibly some water snakes. The Hiking Trail takes you under a dense forest cover to an operating hydraulic ram-jet pump built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Palmetto State Park is a stop on Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Great Texas Birding Trail.
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by Keith Stelter (Falcon Guides)

Palmetto State Park offers three excellent short trail options that can be hiked separately or during a single outing. East and west Texas ecosystems meet up on these trails. The Palmetto Trail conjures scenes from the film Jurassic Park, with clinging vines, dwarf palmettos, green ponds, and a variety of insects in the Ottine Swamp.

The four-acre oxbow lake, formed by the meandering San Marcos River and visited via the Lake Trail, offers a variety of vegetation and possibly some water snakes. The Hiking Trail takes you under a dense forest cover to an operating hydraulic ram-jet pump built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Palmetto State Park is a stop on Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Great Texas Birding Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gonzales
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.25 hours
Season: All year
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Palmetto State Park: Palmetto, Hiking, and Lake Trails

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