Though not far from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Cedar Hill State Park offers a great place to spend the day or a weekend relaxing by the lake, picnicking, biking, geocaching, swimming, fishing, or boating. The park offers 350 campsites, all near restrooms with hot showers and fully equipped with water and electricity. Some are equipped with sewer hookups, and several are even ADA-accessible. Alternatively, visitors can hike to more primitive campgrounds.
The park is currently experiencing some closures due to the recent flooding in Texas. The pavilion, some camping areas, and the J-loop day-use area are all currently closed. The marina is permanently closed and bait is no longer available for purchase. Additionally, there has been an issue with Argentine ants, an invasive species. They do not sting, but consult park staff if you find ants in your camping gear or RV for advice on treating them. You can contact the park by phone to inquire about current status of park closures.
Cedar Hill State Park does not allow pets inside any buildings. If you’re hiking with your dog, always bring enough water for yourself and your pet and be aware of any trail hazards. And for the safety of your pet and the protection of local wildlife, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times. You should come prepared with your own waste bags, and always be sure to clean up after yourself and your pet. Be respectful of park rules and of other park visitors; never bring aggressive dogs or unvaccinated puppies, or allow your dog to be a nuisance to others.
Day use fees are $7 for adults and $5 for overnight visits. Children under 12 years old are free. The park is open 6 AM to 10 PM Friday and Saturday, and 8 AM to 6 PM Sunday through Thursday. If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and you’re looking to get out for the day or a weekend camping trip, Cedar Hill State Park is a great place to visit. Bring your family and your dog!