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.
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.
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!