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Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Hill

(3.5/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Cedar Hill State Park is located on FM 1382 and the eastern shore of Joe Pool Lake in Cedar Hill, Texas (USA), ten miles southwest of Dallas. The park was acquired in 1982 and was opened in 1991. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operates the 1826acre park.Cedar Hill State Park has 355 camping sites in five camping areas as well as boat ramps, picnic areas, swimming areas, and fishing jetties.FeaturesPenn Farm Agricultural History CenterThe Penn Farm Agricultural History Center is located within the boundaries. The farm has reconstructed and historic buildings from the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century.DORBA Mountain Bike TrailDesigned, built and maintained by DORBA, this trail is 12 miles long and consists of three concentric paths-- 3 miles, 8 miles and 12 miles .
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  • We stopped in Dallas area for 2 nights while on road trip. The location was convenient for us as we were also visiting friends that lived in Cedar Hill. Camping was quiet and that was nice at night. O...  more »
  • I love this place! There are over 5 miles of trails which are pretty well marked. Even when the parking lot is full, the trails aren't too busy. You can bring your dog along for a good hike. And it is...  more »
  • Like most Texas State parks the facilities are well maintained and clean. Plenty of cedar trees and on Joe Pool Lake. Close to the town of Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie incase you forgot something or w...  more »
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  • I'm sure that this place is pretty cool, on an overall basis, but I had an awful experience. My boyfriend and I went at the end of the day yesterday (on a Sunday), and we just wanted to hike for an hour or two. We didn't know we had to pay an entrance fee (which in retrospect makes sense for a state park), so that sucked since we weren't going to be there that long. But anyways, my main point is to say - If you don't like spiders, DO NOT go on the Dorba trail in October. We hiked about a mile into the trail, and suddenly realized we were surrounded by them, and they were huge! I have terrible arachnophobia, so this was a huge issue for me. Yes, I realize we were walking into nature's environment, but I'm just posting this as a warning for others who enjoy nature but hate spiders like I do. They were literally everywhere, hanging down from all of the trees, on either side of the trail, and they were low too, so if you weren't paying attention, you would in fact run into them. I just read that it's prime spider season (which I didn't know), so I just want other people to be aware. Again, I'm sure the park is cool, but just wanted people to know!
  • Nice experience. Lucky to see a deer. Not suited for stargazing. Too much city lights
  • ANTS!!!! We woke up to find enough sugar ants in our rv to have our own colony!! Went to Wal Mart for ant spray. When we spoke with a park ranger, he laughed & said it is common to have them in an rv. NOT TRUE! We live in our rv 24/7 and have not ever had ants until this experience. Not planning to camp there again in this lifetime!
  • Beautiful state park, friendly and helpful ranger staff. Some of the trailer camping spots are pretty small, a 20' trailer would hang into the road - but there are hundreds of campsites, both waterfront/view and interior. Bathroom and shower facilities are adequate but not the cleanest and not well stocked with necessities like toilet paper. Horrible bug problem in the building - roaches and ants everywhere. At the campsite, we had to spread DE around the trailer to keep the ants out. A large part of the park is STILL closed - from flooding that occurred in May, 2015! Seriously, I get that the state park works on a budget but wow. Their website cautions about closures and mentions specific campsite areas, the marina and store but NEVER mentions that the swimming area is closed! We ended up paying an additional $10 a day to swim at Lynn Creek Park.
  • First, several trails were closed upon arrival and the duck pond, which we had planned to take our young kids to. The park should have posted this information online so visitors would know beforehand. Second, our campsite was so small we had to pitch our tent on a slope, which as you can imagine, was not comfortable to sleep on. Third, the same slope led from the driveway down to the campsite. But that part was muddy so I almost slipped twice. Other campsites had wooden stairs on their slopes. Why didn't ours? Fourth, quiet time starts at 10 p.m. but at 12 a.m., the men in the campsite next to ours and a few campsites over were still talking loudly, laughing and drinking. When I tried to call a park ranger to complain, no one was on duty. This is unbelievable and unacceptable. So my husband and I packed up our kids and all our stuff and left. Not only should we get a refund but we should get free admission to the park for day hikes as well. But surprise, surprise, the Texas Parks and Wildlife website only allows for complaints against employees. I really like camping but this was the worst camping experience for my husband and me.