Cedar Hill State Park
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 385
Number of Sites with Electric and Water: 355
About: 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 1200 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 and press star 2 for trail conditions.
Facilities include restrooms with showers; picnic sites with tables and grills; hike-in, primitive campsites; campsites with water and electricity; 4.5 miles of hiking/backpacking trails; 10.3 miles of mountain bike trails; 2 boat ramps (ten lanes); group picnic pavilions (capacities 50 and 100); and 2 trailer dump stations. All campsites have electricity and water and are located in wooded areas. Nearby Joe Pool Marina (972/299-9010) offers a year-round grocery store, plus boat rentals, and a fishing barge. Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available for park visitors to use.
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: Ruby-crowned Kinglets; Yellow-rumped Warblers; Gold Finch; 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!
Other Park Activities - Picnicking: Over 200 picnic tables with waist-high grills, and most have a view of the lake. Fishing: Features two lighted fishing jetties and a perch pond for youngsters. Lake fishing includes largemouth black bass, crappie ,and catfish. Slot limit on Joe Pool is 5 largemouth bass limit of fish 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: The park has 3 playgrounds conveniently located throughout the park. Boating: Two concrete four-lane boat ramps welcome our boating enthusiast. There is also ample lighted boat trailer parking.
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Joe Pool Marina: A convenient store that sells bait, fishing gear, and camping gear, as well as some food products. Yearly boat slip rentals are available. In addition they have an indoor/outdoor fishing barge. They can be contacted by calling 972/299-9010.
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