Palmetto Island State Park RV & Campground Guide


Palmetto Island State Park is on a patch of higher ground surrounded by swamp and the Vermillion River, making it the perfect place for RV vacationers to receive a real South Louisiana outdoors experience. Palmettos, those shaggy, tropical trees, grow alongside tall cypress trees and other Louisiana native plants, giving the architectural elements around the park an air of authenticity. The palmetto was a crucial material for the Native Americans who once lived here as they made the walls and roof of their hut by weaving them. This 1,299-acre park is the perfect habitat for various wildlife, including rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs, skunks, and other small game animals. In the bayou area, you may see alligators swimming just a few feet from where you're standing, making it a new exciting adventure for the whole family. Cities within the vicinity of Palmetto Island State Park are Abbeville, Egan, and New Iberia.

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Spring 57-82 F
Summer 76-89 F
Fall 56-86 F
Winter 46-63 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Palmetto Island State Park

When you visit Palmetto Island State Park, you may decide to camp out and stay awhile. Sleeping under the beautiful starlit sky can be great, but it's hard to beat the relaxing feel of sleeping on a comfortable mattress and pillow while you do it. If you haven't yet experienced the RV lifestyle, consider renting one from RVshare where you can select from high-quality models and class sizes. 

Betty's RV Park

Betty's RV Park is a small, unique RV park situated in the heart of Cajun Country. It was selected as one of the top 25 RV parks in America. The campground features 17 campsites that are equipped to house big rigs. You can visit the museums, jam sessions or indulge in the fresh seafood and steak places surrounding this campground.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Playground, covered pavilion, and barbecue pit

Cajun Haven RV Park

Cajun Haven RV Park offers pull-through sites for any size rig, RV or camper with plenty of room for multiple slide-outs. It's conveniently located near Interstate-10, and for $20 a night, you can relax or explore the area. You can enjoy your lunch at one of the picnic tables while overlooking the pond. Some permanent residents live here, but they tend to keep to themselves.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Restrooms and laundry facility

Oak Village RV Park and Campground

Oak Village RV Park and Campground is five minutes from the Port of Iberia & Port of Delcambre. The campground offers spacious lots that accommodate up to 70-foot RVs. It's close to various restaurants, shops, and attractions, including nightclubs and the Grand Movie Theatre.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Hot showers, restrooms, and laundry facility

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What to Do at
Palmetto Island State Park

Inside Palmetto Island State Park

Begin your visit to the Palmetto Island State Park by stopping at the visitor center, where you can use the bathhouse or enjoy the water playground. The most scenic way of reaching the Vermillion River is via boat launch near the center of the park, giving canoeists and kayakers easy access to narrow channels and tucked-away lagoons. Anglers generally have great success catching various fish species in the river. Take a hike on the 0.7-mile Cypress Nature Trail, where you can get a close-up look at the park's jungle-like ecology and wildlife that live here. Other activities to do inside the state park include bird-watching, picnicking, and swimming. 

Outside Palmetto Island State Park

Outside of Palmetto Island State Park, you'll find even more opportunities to dive into Cajun culture. The nearby town of Abbeville offers a diverse mix of cultural foods and shopping centers. Abbeville is also the home of several spectacular museums. Nature lovers seeking more of the swamps should add Rip's Rookery on Jefferson Island in New Iberia, a popular spot among birdwatchers. Getting to discover and learn about the rich culture and region outside the park will give you a complete understanding of its history.


Jalisco Mexican Restaurant

Select from one of your favorite Mexican dishes and desserts at Jalisco Mexican Restaurant. Top your meal off with a margarita or other beverage of choice.

Type: Mexican

Location: 2016 Veterans Memorial Drive, Abbeville, LA 70510

Richard's Seafood Too

Richard's Seafood Too is a small, family-friendly restaurant that serves fresh seafood and American dishes. Salads, soda, and bottled water are also available here.

Type: Seafood

Location: 901 Charity Street, Abbeville, LA 70510

Depuy’s Seafood and Steak

Depuy’s Seafood and Steak offers over 60 menu options ranging from fried alligator to bayou pasta. The restaurant also serves fresh local seafood, and baked goods made in-house.

Type: Seafood

Location: 108 South Main Street, Abbeville, LA 70510

Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Japan offers a wide selection of real authentic Japanese foods. You can choose between the sushi bar to hibachi entrees prepared right before your eyes.

Type: Japanese

Location: 3013 Veterans Memorial Drive, Abbeville, LA 70510

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

Fill your fast food appetite with a mix-and-match super pack combo or another menu item at Dairy Queen Grill & Chill. Top off your meal with a chilling ice cream treat at this location.

Type: American

Location: 2719 Charity Street, Abbeville, LA 70510


Tiffany Plaza

Tiffany Plaza is located off the LA-14 bypass and Old Earth Road. It's a large strip mall with a wide selection of retail stores, including Lowe's, Gamestop, and Verizon.

Location: 2720 – 2770 Old Erath Road, Abbeville, LA 70510

Robie’s Food Center

Robie’s Food Center sells prime cut meats, fresh, crisp produce and other grocery items. There's even a bakery section that offers freshly baked bread and sweet treats. Wine and liquor options are also available at this grocery store.

Location: 604 South State Street, Abbeville, LA 70510

Maxie Pierce Grocery

Maxie Pierce Grocery is within a short driving distance from the state park, making it ideal for restocking your RVs refrigerator supplies. The deli department offers hot food from Monday through Saturday.

Location: 25191 LA-333, Abbeville, LA 70510


Cato has it all, from warm and comfortable sweaters to footwear and more. Top off your outfit with a necklace, bracelet, or a pair of earrings.

Location: 3001 Veterans Memorial Drive, Abbeville, LA 70510

Hibbett Sports

Top brand items are accessible at Hibbett Sports. You can choose from clothing, shoes, accessories and various sports equipment.

Location: 3015 Veterans Memorial Drive, Abbeville, LA 70510


Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum

This original blacksmith shop allows vacationers to learn about blacksmithing's history, the shop, and tools that were used during those times.

Location: 304 South State Street, Abbeville, LA 70510

Louisiana Military Hall of Fame & Museum

The Louisiana Military Hall of Fame & Museum is designed to honor non-active veterans who served in the armed forces. The stories of these men and women are exhibited throughout the museum.

Location: 911 Revis Sirmon Loop, Abbeville, LA 70510

Rip’s Rookery

Rip’s Rookery is on Jefferson Island where well over 260 species of birds live. The Spoonbill Roseate is one of the single most popular photographed birds with its red-like color.

Location: 5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia, LA 70560

Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance

Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance features photographs and displays of the expulsion of Acadian families from Nova Scotia in 1755. Other French and English artifacts are also up for viewing. The art exhibits are rotated regularly to promote various artists.

Location: 200 North Magdalen Square, Abbeville, LA 70510

The Gardens

The Gardens is comprised of approximately 15 acres of semi-tropical plants nestled among 350-year-old oak trees and other Louisiana plant life. You can take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the picturesque scenery.

Location: 5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia, LA 70560

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How to Get to
Palmetto Island State Park

If you're traveling from the city of Abbeville, you'll want to follow North State Street to LA-82 West. Turn right onto LA-82 West and continue onto LA-690 East, and then you'll need to make a right turn onto Pleasant Drive. Follow the signs to Palmetto Island State Park.

Entering Palmetto Island State Park

Palmetto Island State Park is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Saturday, and holidays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Palmetto Island State Park Per person : $3.0

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