Cedar Hill State Park Duck Pond Trail

Dallas, Texas

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This popular state park combines limestone bluffs and forests of dark green cedars along the shores of Joe Pool Lake. It’s only minutes from downtown Dallas, making it a popular weekend retreat. This 1-mile hike is an easy jaunt through the woods and along a tranquil pond. It’s also a great way to introduce young children to hiking and to please those eager to enjoy nature without tackling a long, arduous trail. In late spring and early summer, the trail can get overgrown with grasses and weeds, so wear long pants. The pond attracts wildlife, including possums, bobcats, coyote, and foxes, and features a series of informative markers describing the various tracks these animals leave on the muddy bottoms. The trail can be combined with the nearby Talala Trail for a more challenging full day of hiking or simply add the 1-mile side trail up the hill to take in a panoramic view of the park. Combined with a picnic, this trail is hard to beat.
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by Kathryn Hopper (Falcon Guides)

This popular state park combines limestone bluffs and forests of dark green cedars along the shores of Joe Pool Lake. It’s only minutes from downtown Dallas, making it a popular weekend retreat. This 1-mile hike is an easy jaunt through the woods and along a tranquil pond. It’s also a great way to introduce young children to hiking and to please those eager to enjoy nature without tackling a long, arduous trail.

In late spring and early summer, the trail can get overgrown with grasses and weeds, so wear long pants. The pond attracts wildlife, including possums, bobcats, coyote, and foxes, and features a series of informative markers describing the various tracks these animals leave on the muddy bottoms. The trail can be combined with the nearby Talala Trail for a more challenging full day of hiking or simply add the 1-mile side trail up the hill to take in a panoramic view of the park. Combined with a picnic, this trail is hard to beat.

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Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Dallas
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Best Times: Nov through Apr
Local Contacts: Cedar Hill State Park
Local Maps: National Geographic TOPO! Texas; entrance gate has park maps with designated trails
Driving Directions: Directions to Cedar Hill State Park Duck Pond Trail

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May 2018