Palmetto State Park was our first stop where we completed a 10K (6.2 mi.) Volksmarch consisting of many of the park trails plus side trips to a BPOE Memorial and an old cemetery on a hill. We signed in at the State Park HQ where the walk box was located and picked up the directions for the walk.
The start point was at The Refectory in the park. The Refectory was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It's a large, covered pavilion with picnic tables, kitchen and a fireplace. When it was built, the roof was thatched with palmetto fronds.
|The Refectory - start and end point of the walk.|
|RV camping at Palmetto State Park|
|Info about Dwarf Palmettos|
|Water tower built by the CCC.|
|Palmettos - Dwarf palms.|
|Ottine Swamp Trail wasn't on our walk but we investigated anyway.|
|We found a Swamp Monster!|
|Erosion from recent flooding exposed roots.|
|Oh, hello deer!|
|Bridge across San Marcos River - erosion on bank from recent flooding.|
|On the trail around Oxbow Lake.|
|Historic Ottine Cemetery|
|Oxbow Lake paddleboats|
|Camp host site.|
|Smokers at each camp site.|
Stay tuned for Sunday, part 2 - exploring historic Gonzales, Texas on foot.
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