Return to Palmetto State Park

always a great place
User: jimmy peace - 3/10/2019  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour

even saw a pileated woodpecker,  and the artesia wells

 

Great hikes!
User: texaskdog - 6/5/2016  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Headed here from Austin and decided to do the 3 long trails together.  There was a flooded bridge on Mesquite Flats so we had to double back.  Enjoyed the swamp trail the most.

swampy except around campgrounds
User: fwk2005 - 5/10/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2point5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Paradise Found!
User: Lone_Star - 5/5/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: halfstar
Distance: 6.60 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 14 minutes

If Bastrop State Park is Paradise Lost, then Palmetto State Park is Paradise Found.

This small state park is a little, lush garden dense with Palmettos.  There are numerous trails that form a "tangled mess", but each trail is nice in its own way.  They are well-marked and easy to follow if you use the trail map provided by the Park HQs.

The park itself has numerous amenities, including a nice lake where you can swim, fish, or boat, making it a great place to take family and friends.  The camp sites here are primo.  There is a scenic walk over the San Marcos River.

short
User: RMA - 4/26/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 1star Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 0.25 Mile Duration: N/A

I think this refers to the office trail that goes fron the park office to the lake. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash and the enterance fee is now $3.00

River Trail: Fun hike
User: RMA - 4/26/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 0.75 Mile Duration: N/A

Went right after a heavy rain and had to walk through water four to six inches deep on very slippery trails and got a good workout carring all the mud on the bpttom of my shoes.  The park has started to put crushed gravel on their paths so the fun won't last long.  

slippery when wet
User: RMA - 4/26/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 1.25 Miles Duration: N/A

Went the morning after a heavy rain which made this a swamp trail and quite a challenge staying  on our feet.  The park has started a new trail about half way through this one but it is not open yet.  

Oxbow Lake Trail: easy path
User: RMA - 4/26/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 1star Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 0.60 Mile Duration: N/A

It is a small dirt path around the lake.

Palmetto Trail: Not too bad.
User: RMA - 4/26/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 0.15 Mile Duration: N/A

It is the most interesting of the trails in the park but very short.

Palmetto Trail: Great Hike
User: Racer - 2/24/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: 45 minutes

Really Enjoyed the trail.  The Palmetto trail is only 1/3 of a mile and was over way to soon.  However the trail adjacent to it which is simply labeled Hiking Trail on the state park map is 1.25 miles in length.  In all there 7 diffrent trails within the park for a total of about 3.66 miles.  Recommend doing this in Winter months, not so much because of the heat , but the mosquitoes.

River Trail: Most complete hike at Palmetto?
User: Austin Explorer - 8/25/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A
The first of three short hikes we took in the park. Only saw one other couple on any of the trails all day. The interpretive trail guide includes great illustrations. Signs of the recent flooding were still present, though nothing blocked the trail. Since this is not the shortest trail in the park, it includes a guide and follows the river, this may be the most complete hike in the park.
Hiking Trail: Another easy Palmetto stroll
User: Austin Explorer - 8/25/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2point5stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
This one topped off just shy of a mile in length. There's no guide, so you can tackle the trail with a quicker stride - at least as long as can be expected on a mile long trail.
Palmetto Trail: Very short hike, but interesting
User: Austin Explorer - 8/25/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 0.15 Mile Duration: N/A
This one is short enough to not really be called a hike. But the foliage is so interesting and it is separately named by the park, so here it is. Depending on the time of day and time of year, you might want to keep moving through this trail as much as possible due to all of the bugs. Insect repellant is highly recommended!
User: Eveline - 2/8/1997  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Eveline - 1/28/1995  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Walked as part of a volksmarch.
Palmetto Trail: Cub Scouts
User: maxrebo - 7/10/1981  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: halfstar
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
Was in Cub Scout day camp there a long time back (for me, at least)