This dayhike links together two scenic overlooks in 3.2 easy-going miles. From the trailhead, climb gentle stairs to a tree-shrouded pond where turtles, blue herons, egrets and—of course—ducks make regular visits. At mile 1, after a shaded section under pines, oaks, and cedars, turn right for a 10-minute sidetrip to a seldom-visited overlook. Backtrack, continue north, and cross the main park road. More wildlife potential ahead: rabbits and deer.
After passing by a few of Cedar Hills’ 355 campsites, hike west to the more popular overlook above Joe Pool Lake, a welcome respite for Dallas dwellers looking to cool off from the hot sun. Retrace steps to trailhead, and make a day by exploring nearby perch ponds.
- Mapped by John Hancock