In January we visited Cedar Hill Stare Park for a morning of much needed hiking. This is a state park just south of Dallas, Texas on the shore of Joe Pool Lake. For adults the entrance fee is $7 for day use. Children 12 and under are free. The park was not particularly busy the day we visited but to be on the safe side we did pre-purchase an entrance pass for the park.
We took the Talala Trail to the Plum Valley Trail to the Duck Pond Trail. This route was just under 5 miles. On our previous trip we hiked the Medium DORBA Trail (8 mile loop). The shortest DORBA trail is a 3 mile loop and the longest is 12 mile loop. Be prepared to share the trail with bikers. Check out the trail map here.
There is not really any elevation gain at Cedar Hill State Park. These are easy trails but a lot of the trail is in the sun and in the summer these trails do get hot. Be safe and wear sun protection. Winter hikes aren’t the prettiest. There is a lot of grays and browns but any day on the trail is better than one off of it.
Bear was a good boy on this hike and carried his pack like a champ. It does wear him out to carry it so we up the weight slowly over a series of hikes. I mostly do this by filling his water packs up a bit more each time. When he drinks water on the trail I do my best to keep his pack balanced by alternating watering him from one side of the pack at a time.
This was a wonderful, if short hike. Do you winter hike? Let me know in the comments. Remember to leave no trace and safe travels.
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