Campsite Reviews: Cedar Hill State Park, TX

Cedar Hill State Park is a beautiful park only 20-30 minutes south of downtown Dallas. We stayed during a cold part of January 2019, so the park wasn’t too crowded. No matter when you visit, Cedar Hill RV spaces are spread out and there is plenty of privacy. We stayed in the loop with full hookups, which is always nice to have when it’s cold out.

Cedar Hill State Park picture of lake at sunset
Sunset at Cedar Hill State Park -Joe Pool Lake

What to Expect

Cedar Hill is situated in the southwest corner of Dallas 25 minutes from downtown and only 5 minutes from a large shopping center with gas, groceries, restaurants and entertainment. The park is home to the 7,500 acre Joe Pool Lake where you can swim, boat or fish. Each RV lot is spacious and wooded with a firepit and table. We loved our spot with views of the lake, especially at sunset.

We paid $180 for six nights, this included the Texas State Park Pass that we would suggest purchasing if you plan to spend more than 2 weeks staying at Texas State Parks.

Verizon and Sprint both had great LTE service.

BOBB-e resting after our drive from Wichita Falls, TX

Many reviewers warned of disruptive ants in the area. We bought Ortho Home Defense before we arrived and sprayed our exterior just in case. Perhaps due to the cold weather, we did not see many insects at all so ants were not a problem for us.


In the loop where we stayed, we had water, electric, and sewer. There are other parts of the park more remote for dry camping. There was also a bathroom with shower and tiolets although we never used the nearby facility.


We love staying at State Parks and Cedar Hill was no exception. With plenty of room at each site we enjoyed the privacy and surrounding nature. We love setting up campfires and spending as much time outside. Even without taking advantage of all the amenities such as swimming, fishing and boating, we enjoyed everything else the park had to offer.

Nearby Attractions

With downtown Dallas only 15 miles away, it was no problem at all to leave the park for a quick venture into the city. We spent some time driving up I-35 for some errands and dinners out. Brad picked up dinner at Winners BBQ, some of the best ribs and macaroni and cheese we’ve ever had!

Delicious food from Winners BBQ

Kyra spent some time in the Bishops Arts District enjoying brunch with friends and the local shops nearby. This area is exceedingly cute, plenty of local shops and goods, a great place to find gifts and souvenirs.

Final Thoughts

We loved Cedar Hills State Park especially for its convenience to downtown Dallas. Absolutely enjoyable in the dead of winter, we would even be curious to come back at another time of year and see what a different season has to offer.

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