“take a break at the lake!”
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.
People of Dallas must feel very lucky for having so close to their city such a great place to escape during the weekends.
The Cedar Hill State Park offers some great views of the Joe Pool Lake which is ideal for fishing, cayaking, and swimming. On the other hand, if you are into hiking and bicycling, then you will find plenty of trails that will challenge your limits while surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. Just don't forget to have a map and compass with you.
Overall, a great place for a weekend nature escape where you can camp and enjoy nature with your other half, kids, mates or even on your own.
The only quite serious negative thing about it is there are many snakes, especially rattle snakes. Therefore, be aware especially during the spring-summer period!
Lots of campsites, great boating, mountain biking and little beach. Fireworks over Joe Pool lake on July 4th are fun.
If you are out here on the second Saturday of the month (August-May except Jan) come by and get some free food and friendly folk at pavilion 2/pavilion J. Food time at 12:30!
This park has some nice views on some of the hiking trails. Bathrooms are decent, the beach area is decent- a little muddy water but the kids had fun. Campsites are average size. I really liked the pioneer/old settlers home there. They showed the kids how to churn butter which was neat and it has some places that are nice for rustic portraits. Not a lot of stars, too close to city lights. It has enough to do to entertain and relax.
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