Located within the Palmetto State park are 3 miles of interpretive trails. Whilst hikers can use the trails at their leisure, alternatively a Park Ranger can meet you for a stationary interpretive talk or guided walk of the 1/2 mile Palmetto Trail (1 to 11/2 hours). Reservations can be made by calling the park at (830) 672-3266.
This is an unusual botanical area that resembles the tropics more than Central Texas. The ranges of eastern and western species merge, resulting in an astounding diversity of plant and animal life. Most notably, a stand of dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor) plants, from which the park gets its name, is found around the park's ephemeral swamp. These palmettos are found in east and southeast Texas, as well as much of the southeastern United States, but only individuals or small clumps are found to the west and north of this park. Wildlife frequently seen in the park includes white-tailed deer, armadillos, squirrels, raccoons, and numerous birds. Moreover, the park, located on The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, has long been noted as a birding "hot spot." Over 240 species of birds have been observed within the park's boundaries. Some of the birds most often spotted include the Crested Carcara, Prothonotary Warbler, and Red Shouldered Hawk.
"Palmetto's Wild Outdoor Adventure and Ecology Program "for 8 to 12-year-old children is offered the first two weeks of June. Children participate in "hands on" activities throughout the park with an experienced and certified science teacher. Activities that promote awareness and appreciation of the environment and explore options for responsible human actions are featured. This exciting day program provides children with rewarding summer experiences that are educational and fun! The program affords families an excellent opportunity to camp together for a week, while allowing parents to have time to themselves during the day while their children are engaged in the program's activities. Enrollment, available for one or two weeks (Monday through Thursday), is limited. Call the park for information and special package rates that include camping and program enrollment.
Directions: From Gonzales, TX, Travel 10 miles northwest on US 183 to FM 1586, then west on FM 1586 for two miles to Ottine, then south on Park Road 11, or go six miles southeast of Luling on US 183, then southwest on Park Road 11 for two miles.
Elevation: 292 feet
Distance: 3 miles
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