Cedar Hill State Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 7.2

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Cedar Hill State Park Overview:

Cedar Hill State Park is located on Joe Pool lake which is about 10 miles southwest of Dallas in Cedar Hill. Cedar Hill is set among the rolling well treed hills on 1826 acres. and a number of sites are on the water. You can read Texas Outside's review of Joe Pool Lake to learn more about the lake.
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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Cedar Hill State Park has 355 sites with water and electricity plus 45 premium sites on the water. There are 30 primitave sites that are a quarter of a mile hike. Most of the sites are spacious, somewhat level, and treed. All have picnic tables, some are covered, grills, and fire pits. If you have a big rig, check with the rangers to make sure that the site you want will accomodate your rig because some of the sites are very short.

Some of the other amenities at Cedar Hill include: restrooms and showers, dump stations, lots of picnic areas, swimming area and beach, sand volleyball court, snack bar, small store, 5 fishing piers (two are lighted), 210 picnic tables, 2 multi-lane boat ramps with ample parking, and 4 playgrounds.

Joe Pool Marina has a small ships store, concession, gas, ice, and they rent watercraft.

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. Click here to see a trail map. There are also 5.5 miles of good hiking trails to the primitive camping and beyond.

Within the Park is the Penn Farm Agricultural History Center which was an 1100 farm from the 1850's and includes restored buildings built in 1859, examples of construction techniques and materials common to North Texas in the 1850's, and examples of how the original Penn family availed themselves of existing resources.


A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

A typical day at Cedar Hill Park includes enjoying the lake for skiing, anchoring and swimming, or heading over to Lynn Creek Marina and the floating restaurant the Oasis for food, drinks, and live music.

If you are into hiking, Joe Pool has a good hiking trail. We always bring the bikes and hit the trails which are fun and challenging.

Occasionally we will camp at Joe Pool and go to the horse races at Lone Star Park. Check their schedule, they usually have some great music for the price of entrance to the track (around $3). We have seen Pat Green, Jack Ingram, and some other great bands.

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Cool Nearby Activities:

Here are a few of the fun things to see and do that are nearby Cedar Hill Park:

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: 328, 328, 332, 106, and 54

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more