Palmetto Island S. P. Coronavirus Update 4-1-2020


The park is open to day-use visitors each day from 8 am to 5 pm with free admission. Come out and picnic, fish, walk the trails, or just enjoy Nature. The splash-pad and the playgrounds are closed at this time. If you have questions about the status of the park please call the park directly at 337-893-3930

Park Information


 19501 Pleasant Road,  Abbeville, LA 70510



Fax 337-893-3971     

1300 acres, nestled in the quiet swamps of Vermilion Parish along the Vermilion River, Palmetto Island State Park is surrounded by water and indigenous palmettos that it was named for. 


The park offers 6 two bedroom cabins, 96 campsites, 4 picnic pavilions, numerous picnic sites, water playground, a boardwalk overlooking the Vermilion River, a primitive group campsite, 2 playgrounds, nature center, 4 backpack tent sites and 2 nature trails. A boat launch provides access to the Vermilion River for fishing and boating, while 3 interior lagoons allow canoers and kayakers an up-close look at the native plant and animal life. Palmetto Island also houses a multipurpose room that can be rented for meetings, weddings, family gatherings and other similar events.  

Golf Carts are Welcome


Fees apply. Download and read the Golf cart Rules and Regulations before you rent or bring your cart to the park.


Hiking or Biking Map

Explore Palmetto Island State Park! Friends of Palmetto Island measured and estimated the distances shown on this map, so before you begin your new adventure you'll have an idea of how far things are. Enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer. Stretch your legs, get some fresh air and EXPLORE!. Download yourself a copy of this map, keep it handy while you are hiking or biking Palmetto Island State Park.

PISP Hiking Biking Milage Map (pdf)


Lending Library

Reading has long been a favorite pass time for people as they slow down, relax and enjoy the quite time at campgrounds. Friends of Palmetto was able to acquire donated books, magazines and 2 book shelves and placed them in both bath houses located at the campground. We've always got room for more books. If you have books you'd like to share, give us a call at 337-652-9247 to arrange donation pick ups. Please respect the program and space provided by helping us keep it presentable. Thanks to Debbie and Louis Garrot and the Vermilion Parish Library for helping us get this program started!