Cedar Hill State Park
Things to Do
Camping - The park features 355 mostly wooded campsites with a shade shelter over some of the picnic tables. Each site has water, electricity, a fire ring, a lantern pole and a picnic table. All campsites are within walking distance of restrooms with hot showers. Additionally, there are 30 primitive campsites.
Mountain Biking - Cedar Hill State Park is home to the premier North Texas mountain bike trail. The DORBA trail, named for the volunteers of the Dallas Off Road Biking Association, was built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Over 1,200 acres of prime mountain bike landscape are crisscrossed with 15 miles of intense riding. This exciting trail is closed after rainfall, so call (972) 291-3900.
Birdwatching - Birdwatching is a popular activity year-round at Cedar Hill State Park. The most sought after bird at the park is the painted bunting. Painted buntings abound in the park from the first week of May through August each year. The park is home to other Neotropical migrants, including the yellow-billed cuckoo, the indigo bunting, the chuck-will's widow and many others. Fall and winter brings the ruby-crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped warbler, goldfinch, American kestrel and cedar waxwing. Resident birds include the Eastern bluebird, the greater roadrunner, the loggerhead shrike, the red-tailed hawk, the great horned owl, both the turkey and black vulture, and the Bewick's wren. The park's bird list contains almost 200 species!
Picnicking - The park offers more than 200 picnic tables with waist-high grills, and most have a view of the lake.
Fishing - The park features two lighted fishing jetties and a perch pond for youngsters. Lake fishing includes largemouth black bass, crappie and catfish. The slot limit on Joe Pool is five largemouth bass under 14 inches or over 21 inches, with only one being 21 inches or greater. Crappie must be over 10 inches and the limit is 25 fish.
Swimming beach - The park has a gravel swimming beach surrounded by picnic tables with grills. There are no lifeguards on duty; therefore, swimming is at your own risk.
Playgrounds - Three playgrounds are conveniently located within the park.
Boating - Two concrete, four-lane boat ramps welcome boating enthusiasts. There is also ample lighted boat trailer parking. One- and two-person kayak rentals are available through a concessionaire from March through October.
Park Host Program - The park host program is designed to assist the park staff with visitor services, fee collection and light maintenance as outlined in the volunteer job description. In return for 25-30 hours of volunteer service, a campsite with water, electricity, and in most cases sewer hookup will be provided at no charge. There are four host categories to choose from: Office Host, Campground Host, Maintenance Host and Interpretive Host. For a Park Host application and information call the Park Host Coordinator at (972) 291-6641.
Friends of Cedar Hill State Park - The Friends of Cedar Hill State Park was organized to assist in the promotion, interpretation and operation of the park. As a fund-raising and service group, the goal of this organization is to help in the overall operation of the park through sponsoring events, helping fund projects and raising awareness of Cedar Hill State Park as an asset to the community and surrounding areas.
Joe Pool Marina offers boat slip rentals and boat storage. They also sell bait, fishing gear and camping gear, as well as some food products. In addition they have an indoor/outdoor fishing barge. (972) 299-9010.
Live Adventure Kayaks - Single and two-person kayak rentals are available along with Mountain Bike Rentals from March through October. (214) 284-2097
Penn Farm Agricultural History Center - This center pays tribute to the disappearing Texas family farm and affords a glimpse into agrarian history when farm machinery took the place of the horse and mule almost a century ago. The Farm is open seven days a week to self-guided tours. There are reconstructed and historic buildings from the mid 1800s through the mid 1900s. The Penn Farm has a very relaxing atmosphere and is perfect for family walks. Self-guided and guided tours are available. Special tours can be set up for school groups or other groups. Check the calendar for upcoming events and programs. Call (972) 291-5940 for more information
- Interpretive Guide to Cedar Hill State Park and Penn Farm Agricultural History Center
- Cedar Hill State Park Activity Guide
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