Bayou Bound and traipsing through Texas Hill Country, 2008 travel blog

The road to into the park

Finally - a good display of wildflowers!

Fast flowing San Marcos River

Buzzards on the bank of the river

They live here, too

Dwarf Palmetto palms at home here

The lush swamp

Another swamp

The beautiful pavillion built by the CCC

Spanish moss-laden oaks

Convicts keep the park clear

Rich undergrowth


Just south of Luling the vegetation grew more lush with semi-tropical plants. More swamps appeared the closer to Lousiana we drove. We camped at the Palmetto state park, named for the dwarf palmetto palms common in river bottoms around the gulf coast. The placid San Marcos River runs through the park but, about twice a year, it floods, and the campgrounds, which are on grounds over 50 feet above the river, are under over 4 feet of water. Hiking trails lead into the thick forest.

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