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Palmetto State Park: Hiking
Nature lovers will enjoy the trail as it passes near the San Marcos River. The area contains perfect habit-
at for birds, frogs, insects, and possibly a snake or two. Watch for springs in the swampy area, which
many years ago contained hot springs and mud boils.
Distance: 2.4-mile lollipop
Approximate hiking time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy, mostly flat, shaded trail
Trail surface: Dirt
Best seasons: Year-round
Other trail users: Dog walkers
Canine compatibility: Leashed dogs permitted
Land status: State park; Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Fees and permits: Fee required, or use the State Parks Pass
Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
Maps: Trail maps are available in the park office. You can also find maps on the Web
site; USGS Ottine
Trail contacts: Palmetto State Park, Park Road, 11 South, Gonzales 78629; (830)
Special considerations: The trail is not well marked, and many paths have been made by
campers. Water moccasins and rattlesnakes, both venomous, are in the park but are sel-
dom seen and rarely encountered.
Finding the trailhead: To reach the park from Gonzales, travel 10 miles northwest on
US 183 to FM 1586. Go west on FM 1586 for 2 miles to Ottine, then south on PR 11 for
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