Because Texas is a southern state that borders Mexico, many people associate this region with hot, dry deserts, cactus, and tumbleweeds, but in fact the Lone Star State is home to a variety of climates, one of which harbors a dense, lush tropical jungle in the southeastern part of the state. Created and opened by Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936, Palmetto State Park takes its name from the abundance of dwarf palmettos that grow here. Located near San Marcos River, the park not only boasts beautiful vegetation, but a 4-acre oxbow lake upon which to paddle boat, fish, swim, or simply float the day away. Here you can view plenty of wildlife on your stroll through the park, including armadillos and more than 240 species of birds. Whether you want to enjoy the land or the water, there is something for every outdoor lover at Palmetto State Park!