Duck Pond Trail: Pristine Walk in Dallas Metroplex

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One of the many footbridges along the Duck Pond Trail.

A short drive from Texan RV Ranch is the town of Cedar Hill where the popular Duck Pond Trail day hike links together two scenic overlooks in 3.2 easy-going miles.

This trail pierces the heart of Cedar Hill State Park and provides a quick getaway.

From the trailhead on the southeast side of the South Spine Road, 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 side trip to a seldom-visited overlook. Backtrack, continue north and cross the main park road. More wildlife potential ahead: rabbits and deer.

Duck Pond Trail is located on the east side of Joe Pool Lake. Map courtesy of Backpacker magazine.

Duck Pond Trail is located on the east side of Joe Pool Lake. Map courtesy of Backpacker magazine.

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.

Thanks to Backpacker magazine and mapper John Hancock for this insightful information. Learn more about this and other trails in Texas by visiting http://www.backpacker.com/destinations/hikes/56118.

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Texan RV Ranch is a short drive from Cedar Hill State Park and the Duck Pond Trail. Call us at (817) 473-1666 or visit our website to make your RV site or cottage reservation and bring the whole family for hiking fun!

 

 

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