Cedar Hill State Park

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Cedar Hill State Park

  • Couple by Lake at Cedar Hill
    Relax by the lake or explore our trails.
  • Cedar Hill Pond
    Bring the kids out to fish in one of our ponds.
  • Sailboats on Joe Pool Lake
    Boat, swim or fish in the 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake.
  • Penn Farm
    Take a self-guided tour of Penn Farm, a working farm from mid-1800s to mid-1900s.
  • Mountain Bikers at Cedar Hill SP
    Explore our trails on foot or bike!
  • Roadside Flowers
    Take a short drive from the city to commune with nature.

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.


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.

Read about Water Safety before you visit.


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. 

We have an all-terrain wheelchair for use in the park; contact us reserve it for your visit. 

Be safe on the trails, no matter how you access them. Bring plenty of water and travel with a partner.


Swim in the lake! We have a gravel swimming beach (the swim beach is closed until 2022) with picnic tables and grills nearby. A playground and restrooms are next to the beach. 


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.

Donate to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation to support state parks.

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.

Argentine ants, an exotic invasive species, are in the park. These ants do not sting. TPWD is working with experts to reduce the number of ants without harming the park’s other wildlife. Learn more about invasive ants.

Area Attractions

Cedar Hill State Park is in the City of Cedar Hill, where you will find restaurants and shopping; we are 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.

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1570 West FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104

Latitude: 32.621721

Longitude: -96.979087

(972) 291-3900

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.


We often reach capacity and highly recommend reservations for both camping and day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.


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