Palmetto State Park

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    luv2camp0314 New Member

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    Does anyone have any reviews? We are planning trip in june.
     
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    I just went in October. It's a nice park. It's not my absolute favorite, but we had a great time there and it all depends on what you're looking for. It is mostly forest with a bit of swamp, so bring bug spray. It wasn't bad in October, but you never know.

    They have recently upgraded a lot of the trails and we enjoyed short hikes on the trails. There is one that's on a boardwalk through a swampy area. As I recall, the interpretive trail was kind of neat. We also went down to the river and the kids enjoyed swimming. Our kids and dog were the only ones brave enough to swim in October (brr), but they had a blast (ages 10, 14, 17). The dog kept taking running leaps off the bridge and swimming all up and down the river - it was so fun (cuz I was on the shore, nice and warm - lol!). They also had good grills in every campsite - a lot of Texas State Parks just have a fire ring with a grate, but they had actual grills.

    If you're in to day trips, you might take a drive (very short drive) in to Gonzales to visit the Come & Take It Cannon. There's an old jailhouse built in 1887 there that gives tours, too. We went years ago and the guide had some great stories. http://www.tourgonzales.com/oldjailmuseum.html

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    No review yet (it's on my summer list). But it is a nice little park. Not very large at all but still pretty neat.

    oh yeah and nearby is.... BUC-EE'S!
     
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    We have been there twice. Once on Thanksgiving and again March 2013. Nice little park. There is plenty of space between campsites so you don't feel crowded. Best of all it is only 60 miles away. Have not been there during the summer though. There are some nice trails and tubing down the river.
     
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    Thanks for all the info. sounds like a nice park we are looking forward to it. [:D]
     
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    Nice park, great bike/hiking trails, varied landscape-from swamps to cacti, easy river to float. Trip is about 15-20 minutes from the bridge to the take out and about a 10 minute walk back to the bridge. We've stayed in site #11.
     
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    Just a quick update of this park as for as the size its ok. but the sites are really short and narrow. Also the park rangers are very anal on a lot of rules and they will make you follow them we were there for 4days and we seen them at pretty much every campsite at one time or another. Various things from only one car per site to no parking off of the pad even a little, There were issue with fires. There was also a issue with flies and nats they were so bad you could not even sit outside and enjoy a meal also the park store closes very early so if you need anything there ( Ice,Firewood) go early. We stayed at several parks in and around Texas and this is probably the one we enjoyed the least.
     
  8. Indy

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    Bummer. As always, your mileage may vary...

    Come to think of it, the ranger did stop my friend who had parked along side our site to unload their tent stuff. The second he finished unloading and stopped to have a sandwich before moving the truck, the ranger came and made him move the truck. That was our only run-in. The camp host at the time was super helpful and cruised all over the place offering assistance. We also got our firewood from the host, so no worries with hours at the store. And we ate all our meals outside and spent 90% of our time outside without any problems from bugs. It was also October though - Texas heat in June + bugs can be a real bummer. Sorry it wasn't all you had hoped.
     

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