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Cedar Hill Parks and Recreation Centers


The business climate in Cedar Hill is ideal for economic development – with some of the best business opportunities in Texas. But the culture of Cedar Hill and the recreational opportunities available also make the city a great place for major industries in Texas considering business relocation.

If you’re looking for fun things to do around Dallas, the City of Cedar Hill has you covered. The great outdoors dominates the list of activities to enjoy in Cedar Hill – but the excitement does not stop there.

Cedar Hill is widely known for having some of the best hiking trails in Dallas, and the city’s ties to nature are fully intertwined with the culture of local residents. Here is a look at some of the many recreational opportunities available.

In 1854, John Anderson Penn settled in the rugged cedar-covered hills of Southwest Dallas County - an area known as the Cedar Mountains. Today, remnants of the original Penn Farm have been preserved in the confines of Cedar Hill State Park, one of the most visited state parks in Texas.

The Cedar Hill State Park is nearly 2,000 acres of scenic land, classified as an urban nature preserve located on the 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake. The ruggedness and scenic beauty of the area combined with over 100 miles of shoreline and water-based recreation activities on Joe Pool Lake make the park a major attraction for people from all over – an urban oasis that features camping, hiking, swimming, fishing and more.

Cedar Hill State Park includes:

  • Penn Farm Agricultural Historical Center
  • 355 R/V campsites with amenities
  • 30 primitive campsites
  • 15-mile Premier North Texas Mountain Bike trail
  • Over 200 species of birds
  • Joe Pool Marina
  • Fishing and Water Sports
  • Group Picnic Facilities
  • Bait Shop
  • Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
  • Children's and Family Programs

The City of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill Economic Development have long recognized the value of sustainability, nature learning and nature tourism. And, nowhere in North Texas can one find a greater opportunity than in Cedar Hill's Dogwood Canyon. Located on a 270-acre site along FM 1382 between Cedar Ridge Preserve and Cedar Hill State Park, Dogwood Canyon offers a unique juxtaposition of east and west Texas flora and fauna. It was named for the extraordinary occurrence of flowering dogwood trees on the chalky limestone slopes.

Sustainably built for LEED certification, the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill is situated on 205 acres of Dogwood Canyon, which contains the widest variety of rare species in North Texas as plants and animals from east, west and central Texas converge there. Located 16 miles south of Downtown Dallas, the Center is a partnership between the City of Cedar Hill and the National Audubon Society.

Now open, the center is expected to attract 30,000-40,000 visitors annually from all across the country, including 10,000 schoolchildren. The buildings include classrooms, visitors’ center and meeting space and were built using “sustainable” design and construction techniques.

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The Cedar Hill Parks and Recreation Department maintains 29 parks, totaling 672 acres, with many amenities:

  • Municipal Swimming Pool
  • Baseball and Softball Diamonds
  • Tennis Courts
  • Soccer Fields
  • Picnic Tables & Benches
  • Football Fields
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Community Center
  • Creative Playground
  • Walking Trails
  • Picnic Pavilion

Recreational activity programs include athletics, fitness, swimming, arts, games, education and more.

Valley Ridge Park provides organized playing fields for softball, soccer, and football, three playgrounds, hike and bike trails, and an outdoor amphitheater that seats 2,000 people. Lester Lorch Park features a challenging 36-hole disc golf course among 86 acres of trees, meadows and creeks. Crawford Park Pool offers an escape from the summer heat, along with swim lessons, pool rentals and special events.

The Alan E. Sims Cedar Hill Recreation Center is a 54,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility providing a broad range of activities and services for all ages. The versatile facility includes a gym, fitness and weight area, indoor track, specialized rooms, childcare area, and 5,400 square feet of meeting space. The meeting space has access to a commercial kitchen and LCD projectors, and can also be divided into four rooms.

The Zula B. Wylie Public Library provides more than 65,000 recreational reading materials, audiobooks and other media items, as well as access to more than 70 online research databases. Other services include access to the internet, downloadable digital video, children's programming and a free meeting room.

Tangle Ridge Golf Club lies on the edge of Cedar Hill's Lakeridge subdivision, overlooking beautiful Joe Pool Lake. This 18-hole championship public golf course features exciting elevation changes, Champions Bermuda Greens, tree-lined fairways, and water and sand hazards. This course caters to every player with each hole varying in length, bunkering and style, and it is ranked as one of the 50 Best Municipal Courses in America by Golfweek Magazine.

For more information and to schedule a tee time:

Tangle Ridge Golf Club

818 Tangle Ridge Drive

Grand Prairie, TX 75052