Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Cedar Hill: Cedar Hill State Park

Penn Farm, Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Hill, TX

The park's proximity to major metropolitan cities makes it an ideal destination for families who want to enjoy the great outdoors without spending precious time driving. The ruggedness and scenic beauty of the area, combined with over 100 miles of shoreline and opportunities for water-based recreation, make the park a popular attraction. Located within the park is the Penn Farm Agricultural History Center paying tribute to the disappearing Texas family farm. The center affords a glimpse into agrarian history when farm machinery took the place of the horse and mule almost a century ago. The Farm is open seven days a week to self-guided tours. There are reconstructed and historic buildings from the mid 1800s through the mid 1900s.  Other activities include camping, mountain biking, birdwatching, picknicking, fishing, swimming (unsupervised), and boating,


  • 1570 West FM 1382
  • Cedar Hill, Texas
  • 75104


Hours & Fees

  • Open 7 days a week year-round, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

    The Penn Farm Agricultural History Center is open daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Adults: $7, Children 12 and under Free.


Things to Do

Camping - The park features 355 mostly wooded campsites with a shade shelter over some of the picnic tables. Each site has water, electricity, a fire ring, a lantern pole and a picnic table. All campsites are within walking distance of restrooms with hot showers. Additionally, there are 30 primitive campsites.

Mountain Biking - 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 1,200 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.

Birdwatching - Birdwatching is a popular activity year-round at Cedar Hill State Park. The most sought after bird at the park is the painted bunting. Painted buntings abound in the park from the first week of May through August each year. The park is home to other Neotropical migrants, including the yellow-billed cuckoo, the indigo bunting, the chuck-will's widow and many others. Fall and winter brings the ruby-crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped warbler, goldfinch, American kestrel and cedar waxwing. Resident birds include the Eastern bluebird, the greater roadrunner, the loggerhead shrike, the red-tailed hawk, the great horned owl, both the turkey and black vulture, and the Bewick's wren. The park's bird list contains almost 200 species!

Picnicking - The park offers more than 200 picnic tables with waist-high grills, and most have a view of the lake.

Fishing - The park features two lighted fishing jetties and a perch pond for youngsters. Lake fishing includes largemouth black bass, crappie and catfish. The slot limit on Joe Pool is five largemouth bass under 14 inches or over 21 inches, with only one being 21 inches or greater. Crappie must be over 10 inches and the limit is 25 fish.

Swimming beach - The park has a gravel swimming beach surrounded by picnic tables with grills. There are no lifeguards on duty; therefore, swimming is at your own risk.

Playgrounds - Three playgrounds are conveniently located within the park.

Boating - Two concrete, four-lane boat ramps welcome boating enthusiasts. There is also ample lighted boat trailer parking. One- and two-person kayak rentals are available through a concessionaire from March through October.