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.

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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. 

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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.

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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

With its fascinating landscape, Palmetto State Park makes a fun getaway for the whole family. If you’re planning to visit, the RVshare team would love to hear about the trip. Tag RVshare when you post photos on social media or email them to [email protected]. You might even see your tips or snapshots featured on the RVshare blog to assist other RVers in their planning.

Frequently Asked Questions About Palmetto State Park

What kind of wildlife can be found in 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.

What is the climate of Palmetto State Park?

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.

What is the best time of year to visit Palmetto State Park?

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.

Are pets allowed at Palmetto State Park?

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.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Palmetto State Park?

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.