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Dave Trips: Palmetto Island State Park

Beauty in the Heart of Vermilion Parish
Posted at 6:00 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 07:00:46-04

The place you can't miss in Vermilion Parish, and it's Palmetto Island State Park. Even though the state acquired the property nearly 40 years ago, it's now one of Louisiana's newest state parks officIally celebrating it's 9th birthday just this week!

The landscape is coastal bottom land hardwood forest including an abundance of Dwarf Palmetto. There's boating access to the Vermilion River. Kayakers and canoers can maneuver canals and lagoons for a more personal experience with animal and aquatic wildlife. Canoes available for a small fee. You can fish from your kayak, at the landing, or just along the banks of the lagoons. If you just want to relax and watch everyone else fish, there are picnic pavilions, and shade trees everywhere.

Make sure you check out the visitor's center, or enjoy a group event at the multi purpose room. During the warmer months there's a water playground. There's a short nature trail where you can enjoy the foliage, but watch where you go on the primitive trails, because the palmetto will surround you and before you know it, you won't know where you are.

Really take advantage of the park by renting one of the cabins! If you have a camper or an RV, there are nearly 100 campsites with water and electrical hookups. Groups can use the primitive campsites, and for the most rustic experience try the back country campsites.

My favorite, hitting one of the picnic areas and enjoying the day. Watching my boys fish from their kayaks and letting watching our "grand" dog Otis enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.