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Cedar Hill State Park

Sept. 17, 2015 - The park is closed due to flood damage, but will open for limited camping beginning Oct. 16 . . .

Cedar Hill State Park

Cedar Hill State Park is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Dallas.

Urban Oasis

Relax by the lake, tour an old Texas farm, or explore our rugged limestone hills and rare prairie pockets. Though we’re just a short drive from the DFW Metroplex, it feels like you’re a world away from the city.

Things to Do

Visit Cedar Hill State Park for the day or weekend. Bring your family to hike, bike, picnic, camp, geocache and nature watch. The park sits on the shore of Joe Pool Lake, so you can also swim, fish, and boat or paddle. Rent one of our picnic pavilions for your next family reunion.

Camp at one of 350 developed campsites, all near restrooms with hot showers. All sites have water and electricity; 150 have sewer hookups, too. Several sites are ADA-accessible. Or hike to a primitive campsite, if trails are open.

Explore our trails on bike or on foot. The DORBA Trail, named for the volunteers of the Dallas Off Road Biking Association, crisscrosses 1,200 acres and is open to bikers and hikers. The trail is closed when wet, so call ahead to make sure it is open.

Swim in the lake! We have a gravel swimming beach (no lifeguard on duty) with picnic tables and grills nearby. A playground and restrooms are next to the beach. Read through our Swimming Safety Tips before you swim.

Fish the 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake for largemouth black bass, crappie and catfish. We have two lighted fishing jetties and a perch pond for kids. We also have two four-lane boat ramps and lighted boat trailer parking. You do not need a fishing license to fish from shore or pier in a state park.

Volunteer! We need your help. Visit our Volunteer page or ask at park headquarters. Serve as a park host:  Camp for free in return for 24 hours of volunteer service. Call (972) 291-3900 to learn more.

Penn Farm Agricultural History Center

For over a century, the Penn family lived and worked here. Take a self-guided tour and see how farming changed over the course of the family’s tenure. The center is open daily. Call the park to arrange a guided tour for your family or school group. Learn more on our History page.

Ranger Programs

We offer guided hikes, history and nature programs, and outdoor skills workshops.

Area Attractions

Cedar Hill State Park is 20 miles from downtown Dallas and 30 miles from downtown Fort Worth. The Metroplex offers sports, museums, music, restaurants, an amusement park, gardens, and much, much more.

You will find restaurants and shopping just five miles from the park.

1570 West FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104

Latitude: 32.607341

Longitude: -96.996281

(972) 291-3900

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult (Day Use Only): $7 Daily
  • Adult (Overnight) : $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under : Free

Open daily, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Office Hours

Penn Farm Agricultural History Center is open daily, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


January average low is 36 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees. First freeze occurs mid-November. Last freeze occurs late March. Wettest months are April and May.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

616 feet

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