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Gonzales, Texas Map

Great trail for kids/family of all ages. Lots of chances to do part or all of the trail. Love the boardwalks and the palmettos.

Superb trails for thinking, as there a few elevation changes, rocks, or other obstacles to divert your concentration. Deep forests, once in a while feral hogs early in the morning, a few snakes, a turtle or two, geese at certain times of the year, squirrels talking trash, hawks, you get the picture. The adjacent property has cattle (who indeed are lowing) and horses, who do find their way onto the trails from time to time. The trails themselves are very well maintained with crushed granite, packed soil, or sand (on the San Marcos river trail). Come off season in December-February and feel the open winter air.

Amazing trails. I would recommend doing the river trail first. Finishing up with the swamp one last. That would truly be a 'back in time' route.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Included most all of this trail within a loop we did. Well maintained, easy, and peaceful. This hike includes the site of the extinct Mud Boils which were active until the early 1970s.

Very well maintained trail system with 3 main trails that one could do separately as well as in this loop. Spurs and connectors also have interesting features, some of which, we added to our loop. While very easy, it is also very pleasant and interesting as one goes through different eco systems all in one small area. Quite and peaceful as well.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Pretty cool park

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

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hiked this a couple weeks back. My wife and I enjoyed. Not too much in the way of climbing. Lots of varied topography from river bottom to forest.

Nice easy trail, beautiful!

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

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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

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

Nice Easy Trail

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.

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

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

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

3 months ago

3 months ago

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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