Cedar Hill sits in the heart of the bustling Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. You’ll find an oasis of natural beauty, breathtaking views, and natural attractions unlike anywhere in North Texas. That’s why it’s called the Hill Country of Dallas/Fort Worth. Our list of seven fun things to do in Cedar Hill should open your eyes to the amazing opportunity on the south side DFW.

Nature is the main attraction in Cedar Hill. It’s a preferred destination for nature enthusiasts, hikers, cyclists, mountain bikers, boaters, campers, and adventure competitors of all types.

Year-round outdoor adventure is available in Cedar Hill. This Dallas suburb hosts special interest MEET UP groups from across Texas. Nature attractions, awesome sports, and outdoor recreation opportunities are all a part of the mix. If you’re in a Texas MEET UP group for hiking, camping, mountain biking, disc golf, or outdoor adventure, the Cedar Hill Tourism Department can help organize your adventure in Cedar Hill.

Visit the Cedar Hill Website to learn more.

5 Fun Things Involving Nature In Cedar Hill

Without further ado, we’ll give you our list of top 7 fun things to do in Cedar Hill, Texas.

fun things to do in cedar hill state park
  1. Cedar Hill State Park – Cedar Hill State Park celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. The park features beaches, two boat ramps, 355 mostly wooded campsites, and miles of biking/hiking trails. These range from easy to challenging. The park is located on Joe Pool Lake. It’s one of the most fun things to do in Cedar Hill, Texas.
  2. Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill – Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is a LEED Gold-certified activity center registered with the National Audubon Society. It sits on 200+ acres of pristine forest offering a look at both East and West Texas flora and fauna. Named for the extraordinary occurrence of dogwood trees on chalky limestone slopes, it serves as a hub for miles of trails through an avian habitat. You’ll love the rare plant life.
  3. Hiking and Biking – On 45 miles of multi-purpose natural trails, Cedar Hill has more than 3,000 acres of protected natural space within the city. That’s the highest percentage of preserved open space of any city in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Trails are everywhere in Cedar Hill. You’ll find them at Cedar Hill State Park, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, and in the Lester Lorch, Cedar Mountain, and Calabria nature preserves.
  4. Joe Pool Lake offers 7,500 acres of sailing, fishing, and all forms of water recreation. Read our article on rental cabins at Joe Pool Lake. You’ll never have as much fun in Cedar Hill as you will at Joe Pool Lake.
  5. Lester Lorch Nature Preserve & Disc Golf Course – Lester Lorch Nature Preserve attracts disc golf enthusiasts from all over Texas and surrounding states. Its 36 holes are integrated into the nature preserve with beautiful views and excellent elevation changes. It is often referred to as the “Augusta National” of disc golf courses.
Dogwood Canyon Auduborn Center
Joe Pool Lake
Hiking in Cedar Hill

2 More Fun Things To Do In Cedar Hill

Of course, there’s more to Cedar Hill than nature trails, Joe Pool Lake, and bike riding. You’ll also enjoy these fun past times.

  1. Shopping/Dining – Cedar Hill is the region’s premier shopping and dining destination. There are national retailers, one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, and a large outdoor lifestyle shopping center. Plus, there are more than 75 dining options from haute cuisine to family-owned cafes. And let’s not forget the chain restaurants that offer a plate for every taste. At the outdoor Hillside Village, shopping feels like a nature trip! It’s one of many premier shopping, dining, and entertainment attractions in Cedar Hill.
  2. Historic Downtown Cedar Hill – The historic 2.2-mile walking tour of old Downtown Cedar Hill provides a unique perspective on the history of Cedar Hill and showcases many of the city’s original homes and businesses. Enjoy unique dining and shopping in downtown Cedar Hill. Also, be sure to take in one of the many outdoor festivals the city hosts in its popular downtown area.
cedar hill historic walking tour

The next time you’re in Cedar Hill, Texas, try one of these seven favorite fun things to do in one of the DFW’s best communities.

Mike Sharp
Author: Mike Sharp

I have a passion for travel and outdoor activities, and now I'm enjoying retired life. I will continue my traveling, golfing, boating, and enjoying life all across the great state of Texas.

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