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Cedar Hill State Park
Cedar Hill, Texas

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Interpretive pond & boardwalk
Interpretive pond
Copyright © Shannon D. Moore
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Dallas area residents have a glistening gem right in their backyards -- 1,826 acre Cedar Hill State Park. Located just 10 miles southwest of Dallas, the park's miles of hiking and mountain biking trails surround 7,500 acre Joe Pool Reservoir, attracting visitors to this rugged urban sanctuary. Cedar Hill is also significant in its status as a refuge to five endangered native tallgrass prairie remnants -- some of the last remaining natural prairie in Texas.

In addition to 4.5 miles of hiking and backpacking trails, 10.3 miles of mountain biking trails traverse the park, comprising the well-known DORBA Trail created and maintained by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association. If you're a serious mountain biker, look no further than this premier North Texas biking trail which spans 1,200 acres. Bikers should call (972)291-3900 and press "* 2" for trail conditions, as the trail may be closed after rains.

Over 350 campsites are available, most of which are located in wooded areas and offer both electricity and water (suitable for RV/trailers as well as tent camping.) Hike-in and primitive campsites are also available (tent camping only). Facilities include restrooms with showers, 200 day use picnic sites, several group picnic pavilions, a swimming beach (no lifeguards) and four playgrounds. Joe Pool Marina is also located within the park and offers two large boat ramps, boat rentals and a group fishing barge, as well as a year-round grocery store. Ski rentals and courtesy boat slips are also available.

Cedar Hill's rugged terrain and proximity to water also makes birding a rewarding activity. Opportunities to view numerous species, including painted bunting (May through August) abound. Fall and winter visitors may observe American kestrel, cedar waxwing, American goldfinch, ruby-crowned kinglets and yellow-rumped Warblers, while year-round viewing is available for eastern bluebird, greater roadrunner, loggerhead shrike, red-tailed hawk, great horned owl, among many others. Self-guided tours of Penn Farm Agricultural History Center, a restored farm and homestead from the mid 1800s, are also available.

Park Rating
Explanation of Symbols
Campsites/Overnight Facilities *  *  *
Leashed Pets Permitted? YES
Picnic Areas/Playgrounds *  *  *  *
Solitude  *  *
Trail System *  *  *  *
Water Recreation *  *  *  *
Wildlife *  *  *
Ratings are based on a scale of 0 to 4.

Shannon's Notebook

Penn Farm structure
Penn Farm
Copyright © Shannon D. Moore
See more photos at OutdoorPhoto.com
During a weekend visit with Justin's brother in Dallas, the three of us visited Cedar Hill State Park. Primarily, we made a driving tour of the park and took a brief look at Penn Farm, concentrating on the homestead. Penn Farm is home to various farm animals and a Texas Park Store.

Even if you've only got a short amount of time, be sure to stop by the park's interpretive pond/boardwalk. We lingered at the pond for awhile, enjoying the shade and the pond's flora and fauna -- including cattails, a water snake and various fish.

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Location

Cedar Hill State Park is located 3 miles west of Cedar Hill, and just 10 miles southwest of Dallas. To reach the park from US Highway 67, exit FM 1382 2.5 miles north, on the left. From Interstate 20, exit FM 1382 4 miles south, on the right.
Map of Park's Location

For GPS Users: N 32° 34.58'   W 096° 57.87' (WGS84/NAD83)
Convert to another coordinate sytem or map datum (Courtesy of Jeeep.com)

Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round from 8 AM to 10 PM for day use activities.

Fees

A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $5 per person for adults 13 years of age and older. (Texas residents age 65 or older pay only $3 per person.) Listed fees may not be accurate year-round due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.

Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.

Visit parks often? Learn about the $70 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts the passholder, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.

Reservations

Events

Consult TPWD's Park Events Calendar for information on upcoming events at this park.

Weather

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Volunteer Opportunities

Contact the Friends of Penn Farm, the officially recognized non-profit support group of Cedar Hill State Park, at 1570 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.

Contact Information

The park is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Cedar Hill State Park
1570 FM 1382
Cedar Hill, Texas 75104

Ranger Station: (972)291-3900
Penn Farm Ag. History Center: (972)291-6641
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112

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