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Dallas, TX: Duck Pond Trail

Escape busy Dallas. This 3.2-mile out-and-back pierces the heart of Cedar Hills State Park and provides a quick getaway into Texas hill country.

Rating

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

To Trailhead

From Dallas, take I-20 W to exit 457. Turn left at FM-1382 and drive 3.8 miles to Cedar Hills State Park. Turn right into the park entrance continue 200 ft. past park headquarters turning left at the 4-way stop sign. Continue 1.5 miles past campgrounds M, N and the Talala trailhead to the Duck Pond trailhead (located on the left).

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