Palmetto State Park Trail

Luling, Texas

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This park along the San Marcos River is an area where the ranges of eastern and western vegetation species merge. It is named for the tropical dwarf palmetto plants that blanket a usually swampy area of the park. These are plants found in east and southeast Texas, but rarely north and west of here. Three trails that start within a short distance of each other can be combined for a hike with a variety of landscapes and scenery. The parking lot is next to the picnic shelter, a converted refectory built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s of native rock and, originally, a roof of thatched palmetto.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast

by Melissa Gaskill (The Mountaineers Books)

This park along the San Marcos River is an area where the ranges of eastern and western vegetation species merge. It is named for the tropical dwarf palmetto plants that blanket a usually swampy area of the park. These are plants found in east and southeast Texas, but rarely north and west of here.

Three trails that start within a short distance of each other can be combined for a hike with a variety of landscapes and scenery. The parking lot is next to the picnic shelter, a converted refectory built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s of native rock and, originally, a roof of thatched palmetto.

©  Melissa Gaskill/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Luling
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 310 feet
Top Elevation: 310 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Palmetto State Park
Local Maps: Texas Parks and Wildlife Palmetto State Park Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Palmetto State Park Trail

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May 2018