San Marcos River, Mesquite Flats, and Ottine Swamp Trails

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San Marcos River, Mesquite Flats, and Ottine Swamp Trails is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gonzales, TX that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles 84 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Short, easy, well cleared trail with educational postings about the nature and history of Palmetto State Park. Great for young kids and scouts! The dwarf palmettos transform the land to a prehistoric jungle in the middle of Texas. Take a short tour of the best that Palmetto State Park has to offer, and learn about the indigenous wildlife and history of the local area. Educational postings are located throughout. A historic water tower/pump built by the CCC is a feature of the trail, with information on the workings and engineering of the water tower. Quick access to both the Ottine Swamp Trail and the Mesquite Flats trail by the Palmetto Interpretive Trail.

2 months ago

The most difficult of the trails at Palmetto State Park. That being said, it was quite easy. A bit uphill at times, which I didn't find with the others. This is the most scenic of the trails.

hiking
3 months ago

It was great! My 5 year old had fun too! I would recommend it to older individuals as well. Good luck! Have fun

hiking
8 months ago

I went on March 23, 2016. I posted some images of some areas near the trial, and also the San Marcos River. It was a really nice small trail. I definitely recommend going in the spring time.

hiking
9 months ago

mountain biking
10 months ago

Small but beautiful park. We rode MTB; took our nephew with us. The trail is easy for all family and kids. The trails are in great shape. We did the loop, the San Marcos trail was closed due to recent flood activity a couple months back. The bike was fun but walking the trails would be nice as well. We saw an off the leash dog chase a deer. I am not sure if the dog made it back to the owners, I hope the dog did not kill it.

hiking
1 year ago

The park trails are in excellent condition and it is mostly shaded

hiking
1 year ago

Pretty cool park

hiking
1 year ago

I enjoyed this park. Lots to see and very interesting how it changes from area to area.

hiking
2 years ago

Nice easy trail, beautiful!

hiking
2 years ago

Easy loop hikes. Swamp trail much more scenic than the lake trail.

walking
2 years ago

Easy trail, nice stroll, great for walking your dog or family outing.

hiking
2 years ago

Nice, easy trails. Hiked them all, about 5 miles total. Well maintained and marked. Beautiful scenery, saw several deer on the swamp trail.

hiking
4 years ago

Nice Easy Trail

hiking
4 years ago

There are 4 of 5 small trails there. I hiked about 5 miles. Plenty of bridges. The trail is about four feet wide with crushed granite. A few small hills. Would be great trails for family bike riding. There is also a hall build in the 1930's by Roosevelt's CCC. A little history never hurts.

hiking
4 years ago

Whole lotta Palmetto's. It does look a little prehistoric.

hiking
4 years ago

It's like a time trip back to dinosaur land! Swamps, jungle, and wildlife complete the picture. Quick, easy, and educational too.

hiking
5 years ago

The trails are easy and fairly flat. They are working on a several new trails. It is a small park that has few trails. it has swimming canoeing and such. it borders the San Marcos river and is used for tubing from various locations from San Marcos al the way down to Luling. Beautiful park, well kept and clean. My wife and I have spent Thankgiving weekend there for the last 3 years. come visit