Palmetto State Park RV & Campground Guide
Otherworldly palmetto plants rise from the lush forest floor in Palmetto State Park, a green wonderland in south-central Texas. It’s just an hour from San Antonio and 9 miles from Luling, but you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world. Hike along paths that meander through the tropical forest, float on an inner tube in the sunshine and paddle the gentle waters of the San Marcos River. This small park packs in plenty of fun, so you can enjoy an adventurous vacation or a relaxing family escape. Summers are hot, sunny, and busy; the cool winters are perfect for mountain biking and hiking without the crowds.
Spring 50-80 F
Summer 75-96 F
Fall 60-85 F
Winter 40-60 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Palmetto State Park
Create a home away from home during your trip to Palmetto State Park by bringing along an RV. Wake up to views of the misty forest and enjoy a cool, dry place to relax after a day in the sun. Don’t have your own motorhome? An RV rental is a fun opportunity to try out a luxury big rig or check out the model you’ve been eyeing.
Palmetto State Park Campground
Stay in the heart of the action at the Palmetto State Park Campground. With sites that are nestled into the forest, this spot offers plenty of shade. One site offers full hookups; 17 additional sites have water and electricity. Each one accommodates RVs up to 65 feet long, so feel free to bring the big rig, but keep in mind that all sites offer back-in access only. Bathrooms with showers sit close by, and your campsite provides a picnic table, a grill, and a fire ring. The full-hookup site is $20 per night while the partial-hookup sites are $18 per night. In addition, you’ll need to pay the daily entrance fee for the park itself. If you’re staying for a week, the park offers one night for free.
River Bend RV Park & Campground
Fall asleep to the sound of the water at River Bend RV Park & Campground, a peaceful spot located just 15 minutes from Palmetto State Park. With river access, a pool, volleyball, basketball, and a rec room within the gated park boundaries, your crew will find plenty to keep them busy. There’s even a catch-and-release lake for fun family fishing. Every site includes full hookups, and a convenience store provides bait, snacks, and everything else you need. During the summer, RV sites range from $40-45 with a three-day minimum. The rest of the year, nightly rates range from $30-35 depending on the type of electric service you need.
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What to Do at
Palmetto State Park
Inside Palmetto State Park
Once you’re set up at a campsite, get the lay of the land at Palmetto State Park with a quick stroll through the dwarf palmettos on the Palmetto Trail. Hike or bike the other park trails, which include Ottine Swamp, Mesquite Flats, and San Marcos River; each one is just over 1 mile long, so you can combine them for a good workout or make shorter trips if you’re traveling with kids. When it’s hot, cool off with a dip in the San Marcos River. The park offers paddleboard and kayak rentals, or you can bring a tube to enjoy a relaxing float.
Outside Palmetto State Park
The area around Palmetto State Park is rich in natural beauty and history, which means that there’s plenty to do during your trip. Within 45 minutes, you’ll find lush parks, rolling rivers, and some of the most interesting museums in Central Texas. If you’re longing for city life, Austin and San Antonio are both within an easy drive.
Get your fill of authentic Texas barbecue at this casual spot that sits adjacent to a convenience store about 20 minutes from Palmetto State Park. Feel free to bring the whole family – the service is friendly and the food is delicious.
Location: 18484 TX-80, Belmont, TX 78604
Feel like a local at the Cow Palace, a laid-back American-style diner with folding chairs and a colorful interior. The food is simple and classic – think steaks, sandwiches, and fried chicken.
Location: 342 Us Highway 90A W., Gonzales, TX 78629
One of the most elegant local restaurants, GG is a lovely spot for a romantic dinner. Each meal is beautifully plated and served in fine-dining style.
Location: 216 Middle Buster Rd., Gonzales, TX 78629
Mi Lupita Taco House
Come hungry and fill up on authentic Mexican food at this diner. The interior is simple, and the food will have you coming back for more. Locals love the affordable prices and house-made tortillas.
Location: 613 St. Joseph St., Gonzales, TX 78629
No trip to Palmetto State Park is complete without a stop at Golden Chick – it’s a Central Texas tradition. The fried chicken is the star of the show, but you’ll also find salads and a variety of indulgent sides.
Type: Fried Chicken
Location: 223 N. St. Joseph St., Gonzales, TX 78629
Hunt for furniture or other historic pieces at this antique shop, which is packed with treasures. Be sure to check the schedule as hours are limited.
Location: 827 St. Joseph St., Gonzales, TX 78629
Get out of the sun for an hour at this small gift shop. It carries everything from decorative figurines to local souvenirs.
Location: 617 St. Joseph St., Gonzales, TX 78629
Main St. Marketplace
If your home decor could benefit from a bit of Western flair, this antique shop is a must-visit location. Set in a historic building near Texas Heroes Square, it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours.
Location: 515 St. Joseph St., Gonzales, TX 78629
Shop for trendy women’s clothing with a Texas twist at this friendly boutique. The shop skews toward a younger crowd.
Location: 413 St. George St., Gonzales, TX 78629
Plum Creek Mercantile
Plum Creek Mercantile is another of Gonzales’s excellent antique shops. With a selection that’s well-organized and delightfully eclectic, it’s ideal for browsing.
Location: 627 St. Paul St. #3551, Gonzales, TX 78629
Paddle the San Marcos River
See the Texas countryside from the water during a paddle or float trip down the San Marcos River. Launch from Luling City Park and exit when you get back to Palmetto State Park. Bring plenty of water and snacks for this seven-hour trip.
Location: Luling City Park
Luling Oil Museum
A short drive from the park, the Luling Oil Museum offers a fascinating look at the history of oil in Central Texas. Small and welcoming, this is a fun spot to spend an hour with the family.
Location: Luling, TX
Lockhart State Park
Drive about 30 minutes north of Palmetto State Park to explore this local gem. Swim in the pool, try your luck at fishing in Clear Fork Creek, or play a round of golf on the on-site course.
Pioneer Village Living History Center
Drive 15 minutes and step back in time at Pioneer Village Living History Center, which features a collection of buildings and artifacts from the 1800s and early 1900s. Check out a frontier log home, explore the smokehouse, and find out what a blacksmith shop looked like.
Old Jail Museum
Located in Gonzales, this museum is set in the old sheriff’s office and jail building. Wander through the offices, check out the cells, and learn about the prisoners who were once held here. Don’t miss the dungeon or the women’s section.
Location: Gonzales, TX
How to Get to
Palmetto State Park
Palmetto State Park is located off of Highway 183 near Ottine, Texas. There are many ways to get there, but the easiest option for an RV is to take Interstate 10 from the east or west and turn south on Highway 183. You can also reach the park from the south on County Road 2091.
Entering Palmetto State Park
Palmetto State Park is open year-round. Keep in mind that it might be necessary to reserve a pass in advance. Check the park website for current requirements.
Palmetto State Park Adult : $3.0
Palmetto State Park Child 12 or younger : $0.0
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Frequently Asked Questions About Palmetto State Park
Home to over 240 avian species, Palmetto State Park is known as an excellent bird-watching destination. Some of the other wildlife species found in the park include white-tailed deer, armadillos, squirrels, and raccoons.
Palmetto State Park has a hot, dry climate. The temperatures regularly exceed 90 degrees during the summer months and typically stay above 40 degrees during winter. There is a fair amount of rainfall during autumn, but the rest of the year is quite dry.
The best time to visit Palmetto State Park is during spring. Between April and June, the weather is relatively comfortable, which allows visitors to enjoy activities like hiking, biking, fishing, and paddling without getting too sweaty.
Dogs are allowed in Palmetto State Park, but they must be on leashes of 6 feet or less and cannot be left unattended. They are allowed throughout the park and campground, but they are not permitted in buildings, designated swim areas, or food service areas.
The Palmetto State Park Campground features 18 RV campsites; one site has full hookups, and the other 17 have water and electricity. The sites offer back-in access only and can accommodate RVs up to 65 feet in length.