National Parks / Natural World
Palmetto Island Park and Splash Pad Abbeville
Where is it at?
Palmetto Island Park and Splash Pad
19501 Pleasant Dr
Tel: 337 893 3930
Where are we going today?
Who wants a fun day out in nature - we certainly do! At Palmetto Island State Park, there is a host of fun activities for the family to enjoy, making it SO much more than just a park!
Palmetto Island State Park is perfect for all ages, and gives kids a place to run around, have fun, and enjoy the sun. But it's not just grassy areas that will greet them!
A great place to start is the nature/visitor center, where you can find out all of the information about the park, the things you can do, and find out the best places for you to visit.
If you have your own boat, there is a super fun boat launch where you can take to the waters from, or even enjoy some fishing! A great way for families to just relax and spend time together.
Don't worry if you don't have your own boat - there is boat rental too! Of course, it's not just boats that you can rent. Why not explore the interior land lagoons by kayak or canoe - you can rent those too!
For the kids there is even more fun with a playground, where they can use up those last little bits of their energy after all day exploring. They can even learn all about history and nature with the programs that the state park offer.
There are trails if you want to bring your hiking boots and really get out to explore, and of course, that water playground! Especially great on those hot days, kids can spend time playing in the water spray, and really enjoying a COOL family day out!
We told you that Palmetto Island State Park was SO much more than a park!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 3 years.
When can we go?
Park gates open 7am - 9pm Sun - Thurs / 7am - 10pm Fri, Sat & before holidays
Year round. Water playground April to Oct.
There are picnic areas that you can bring your own food and enjoy it in the park!.
Make sure you take plenty of water! .
Any Top Tips?
Keep an eye out for events across the year, because they are pretty cool! One example is Dutch Oven Cooking, where you can learn all about this traditional method, and even use actual Dutch oven pots! .
Doing our bit
The money raised goes towards looking after this beautiful state park!.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff at the visitor center about the accessibility of the boats and trails.
They have cabins and camping for over night accommodation too.
What people are saying?
by Mary Gallo
This state park is absolutely beautiful. You feel like you are surrounded by saw palmettos which are everywhere and makes the park enchanting. The bathhouses are first class. Lots of places to ride bikes. A very nice palmetto nature trail, a cypress swamp and each site affords privacy. Lots of wildlife and birds too. Saw an alligator sunning himself, 3 wild hogs in the swamp, turtles, a hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warblers flying out over the pond to catch their insects, pileated woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, an opossum--that is just...Read More
by Benoit Julien
Great new state park (3 year old).
Even strong wi-fi is available across the park!
All brand new ameneties. The cabines for 6 at 120$ a night are also great.
by Bill Carla Hall
We had a nice walk this afternoon on the nature trail. The trail surface is mostly gravel and is well maintained, just a few spots where the swamp is trying to edge its way in. Good birding, and a few aligators in the lake - one mother and juvenile (3-4'). What a bargain for just $1 entrance fee.
by Duncan Rawlinson
Absolutely overrun by mosquitoes. I understand that it's normal to have some of them around but this is insane! You can't go outside without about 50 of them getting into your RV. Sites are decent mostly flat and gravel.
by Rebekah Lasalle
Nice for the price. Not great hiking though.
by Mary Gallo
This state park is absolutely beautiful. You feel like you are surrounded by saw palmettos which are everywhere and makes the park enchanting. The bathhouses are first class. Lots of places to ride bikes. A very nice palmetto nature trail, a cypress swamp and each site affords privacy. Lots of wildlife and birds too. Saw an alligator sunning himself, 3 wild hogs in the swamp, turtles, a hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warblers flying out over the pond to catch their insects, pileated woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, an opossum--that is just within 3 days. I'm sure I will see more since I go out everyday with my camera to capture nature. I highly recommend this state park.