Looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer? Escape the busy city when you visit Cedar Hill, the city within a park. Discover 3,000 acres of green space and 33 protected reserves, preserves and parks by hiking or biking along the numerous trails, enjoying a picnic lakeside, exploring limestone rock formations, and playing in pockets of the wide-open prairie. See beautiful views of Dallas, only 20 miles in the distance, and ask yourself where this treasured town, full of outdoor adventure, has been hiding? Here are 5 unforgettable outdoor adventures you can experience this summer only in Cedar Hill, Texas.
Begin your adventure at Cedar Hill State Park on Joe Pool Lake, the second most visited, largest urban park in Texas. Grab your rod and reel and see if the fish are biting in Joe Pool Lake. Get your exercise game on when you take a scenic nature walk, hike the trails or swim in the lake. Mountain bikers flock to over 30 miles of trails and bikeways that vary in levels of difficulty, including the DORBA trail that crosses 1,200 acres. Grab a park pass that gets the pass holder and everyone else inside the vehicle into the park for only $70 for the entire year.
Embark on a geocaching journey to wind down, and when hunger strikes, enjoy a picnic lunch on the furnished picnic tables under a shady pavilion while the little ones play on the playground. Wish you could stay longer? You can! Pitch your tent at one of 350 campsites, all near restrooms with hot showers, water and electricity, or hike to a primitive campsite to get a little closer to nature. Make your reservations today and get the Interactive Trail Map to bring along.
Extra energy, anyone? Get your fitness on at Calf Pasture Park, featuring the only National Fitness Campaign Outdoor Court® in South Dallas County. Cedar Hill aims to make world-class fitness free for everyone. With seven functional training zones, thousands of bodyweight exercises, and digital programming for adults of all ages, you can get that much closer to your fitness goals! Download the free mobile app, then prepare to join one of the free classes or clinics to start you on a path to healthier habits.
Slow down and get up close and personal to nature’s beautifully feathered friends when you experience the best birding in these parts at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, along the Dogwood Canyon Trails. Work on your disc throwing accuracy and enjoy some friendly competition playing the 36-hole disc golf course at Lester Lorch Nature Preserve. So much green space, so much to do, and so little time! One thing is certain: you will enjoy time well spent outdoors at Cedar Hill so much that you will wish you had stayed longer.
In addition to Cedar Hill State Park and Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Cedar Hill also has over 32 local parks with amazing playgrounds for the kids to enjoy. When the heat is too much, head to the fun and interactive fountain at Hillside Village where they can make a splash. Or visit Crawford Park’s swimming pool for the ultimate cooldown and utilize the grills and the picnic tables for a memorable meal outdoors. Cedar
Hill’s parks are accessible and safe for everyone, including the ADA compliant playground at Virginia Weaver Park and the remodeled parks at Liberty, Longhorn, and Kingswood. Click here for a complete list of parks.
Have some fun in the sun and shop until you drop in charming and Historic Downtown Cedar Hill, the perfect mix of suburban and urban-style offerings in a natural, open, walkable place. Encounter eclectic specialty shops where you will find antiques, quilts, clothing fashions, jewelry and everything in between, along with plenty of unique dining options.
While you’re downtown, be sure to pay a visit to the popular brewery, Ash & Ember Brewing, nestled only a stone’s throw from historic downtown. Sample some fresh, quality beers on tap or grab a to-go crawler or growler if you’re on the move. You will be made to feel right at home in this family-owned establishment built on a foundation of friendship, community and tradition.
Saviana Winery is another box to check off on your list of must-do experiences near Historic Downtown Cedar Hill. You can enjoy live music every weekend on the best patio in Cedar Hill. Into red wines? Try the Tempranillo, a Gold Medal winner at the 2020 Lonestar International Wine Competition! One of the nine noble grapes of the world, you can really appreciate the plum, black cherry and tobacco notes as you sip a glass while relaxing and unwinding.
If you prefer white, one of the most popular is the 2019 Albarino, a silver medal winner at the 2020 Lonestar International Wine Competition. The fruity notes of kumquat, kiwi and melon are perfect on a hot Texas summer day. Enjoy karaoke nights as well, but be sure to make a reservation for their events, as they are often sold out!
Visit Cedar Hill to discover the charm of a small town nestled within an enormous park, with unlimited outdoor adventure, friendly locals, fabulous shops, amazing eateries, and the chance to unplug and connect with nature. Download the Visit Cedar Hill TX app to assist you with planning the perfect vacation, trip, or weekend getaway by matching you with your interests. Welcome to Cedar Hill. Plan your adventure today.