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Searching for a taste of the tropics in central Texas? Palmetto State Park, located 12 miles northwest of Gonzales, could be just what you're looking for.

Named after the dwarf palmettos which grow in the area, the park straddles the San Marcos River and offers a beautiful oasis for campers and visitors. Spend a few days here and you can canoe in the river, go fishing in Oxbow Lake, hike trails through a jungle-like landscape, and marvel at a variety of native flora and fauna. And when you're ready to bed down for the night, the Palmetto State Park campground features 18 RV-friendly sites.

If this sounds like your idea of the perfect RV vacation in central Texas, keep reading to find out what to do and where to stay in this beautiful state park.

Getting Outdoors

The beautiful San Marcos River flows through the park and is as good a place as any to start your Palmetto State Park RV camping adventure. Popular with canoeists, the river has a steady flow but no rapids, so you don't have to be into extreme sports if you want to get out on the water.

You can bring your own canoe if you want, but you can also rent pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, and even stand-up paddleboards within the park. Tubing is also a popular pastime on the river, and there are few more relaxing and refreshing ways to spend a lazy summer's afternoon in the park.

If you're a keen fisherman, fishing is available in the river or in four-acre Oxbow Lake. The lake has a fishing pier and there's also a fishing boat available for hire, and the good news is that you don't need a license to fish in a Texas state park.

When you've had your fill of water-based activities, you might like to head out on one of several hiking trails that meander through the park. For a short and easy stroll, the 0.25-mile Palmetto Interpretive Trail will give you a closer look at the dwarf palmettos after which the park is named. If you're searching for something a little longer, the 1.25-mile San Marcos River Trail leads you on a peaceful walk beside the water.

While you're out hiking, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the many species of birds that call this part of the world home, including the pileated woodpecker and the Kentucky warbler. A bird checklist is also available for download from the official Palmetto State Park website for visitors keen to spot as many species as possible.

Camping at Palmetto State Park

If you'd like to spend a few nights in Palmetto State Park, you can book an RV in Gonzales County and then reserve a site in the park's excellent campground. RV campers can choose from the following sites which are located just a stone's throw from the river:

  • Full hookup site. There is only one full hookup site in the Palmetto State Park campground, and it's located right next to the restrooms. Water, sewer, and 30- or 50-amp electrical hookups are provided, and the site can accommodate rigs up to 65 feet in length. The nearby restrooms also feature showers, while a picnic table, outdoor grill, and fire ring are all provided.
  • Campsites with electricity and water. These 17 sites are long and narrow, and offer 30/50-amp electricity as well as a water hookup. Each back-in site gets a picnic table, outdoor grill, and fire ring, while the maximum RV length is 65 feet. Once again, the restrooms and showers are easily accessible nearby.

If you're traveling with friends or family who aren't in an RV, 19 tent sites and an air-conditioned cabin are also available within the campground.

Exploring the Area

If you decide to rent a camper near Palmetto State Park, you don't have to limit your adventure just to the park itself. There's a whole host of other excellent attractions within easy reach, so why not head out and enjoy a new adventure or two?

For example, you might like to steer your rental RV towards charming San Marcos, where you can indulge in some outlet shopping or maybe go tubing on the San Marcos River. If you'd rather head for the bright lights of a big city, you could be getting a taste of history at the Alamo museum inSan Antonio in less than an hour. Austin, home to Austin Zoo and a vibrant live music scene, is also a one-hour drive to the north.

Whatever sort of adventure you've got planned, you won't have to drive too far to find the next stop on your central Texas RV camping getaway.

RV Rentals in Palmetto State Park, TX

Palmetto State Park, TX is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Palmetto State Park. Outdoorsy's Palmetto State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Palmetto State Park, TX


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Popular Nearby Trails

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Oxbow Lake Trail Palmetto State Park, TX
San Marcos River, Mesquite Flats, and Ottine Swamp Trails Palmetto State Park, TX
River Trail Loop Palmetto State Park, TX
Ottine Swamp Trail Palmetto State Park, TX
Lockhart State Park Trails Lockhart State Park, TX
Blanco Shoals San Marcos, TX
San Marcos Riverwalk San Marcos, TX
Spring Lake Trail San Marcos, TX
Purgatory Creek Natural Area San Marcos, TX
Ringtail Ridge Trail San Marcos, TX

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