Get out of your house!
What it is: Cedar Hill State Park is a state park in Cedar Hill on Joe Pool Lake. It has everything you could want to do in a state park: hiking, swimming, fishing, camping…everything.
Most Recent Visit: June 2012 (ages 6 and 2)
Address: 1570 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX, 75104
What we did: A group from church sponsored a fishing trip, so we went along to fish. The men from the church brought all their extra rods and bought bait from the Joe Pool Marina. My son caught one fish, my daughter stayed in her stroller, and I tried to keep my anxiety level below 2000. I was terrified the whole time that my kids were going to dive headfirst into the water. I’m not much for water…and I think fishing for fun (but not to eat) is kind of mean. But my son has always wanted to fish so we did it.
And in Texas, you can fish in any state park without a license. Good to know.
Then, we tried our luck at letterboxing. I had never heard of letterboxing until I read about it at A Nature Mom. She writes about letterboxing here. Letterboxing is like geocaching without longitude and latitude and you probably don’t need a compass. I will write more about our letterboxing adventure soon. We were not successful – at all.
We tried to hike a bit, but after all the fishing, we were exhausted, so we drove around to look at the campers. (It’s my son’s favorite thing to do.)
Cost: $7 for anyone 13 or older. Kids are free.
Age: all ages
What to bring: camera, water, sunscreen, bug spray…fishing equipment (although you might be able to rent it from the Joe Pool Marina)
Bathrooms: Several park bathrooms around the park.
Stroller Use: At the crappie house, it’s easy to push a stroller around. Lots of park areas have sidewalks. But for hiking, the trails are rugged and will not accommodate a stroller.
Groups: This would be a great trip for a small group of any size. There is plenty to do and lots of room.