The Duck Pond Trail at Cedar Hill State Park is the perfect short hike for families. Kids love this short nature walk and it’s dog friendly too just be sure your pooch is on leash. Several wooden foot bridges are built over uneven terrain allowing you a pleasant easy walk through the woods. This 1/2 mile well maintained trail is mostly light gravel. Wide steps of rail road ties set into the slightly hilly landscape make for a fun easy ascent under the shaded canopy of trees. Half way into the walk you pass the duck pond and then continue on to a fork in the trail where you can bear left back to the parking area and your vehicle or right towards the primitive campground and the connecting path to the Talala Trail. The Duck Pond trail and the Talala Trail may be hiked together if you have time for the 5 1/2 mile jaunt. Cedar Hill State Park is one of the few places in the Dallas/Forth Worth area where native tall grass prairie, waving at you in the breeze, has been protected against spreading development. Just 10 miles southwest of downtown Dallas Texas Cedar Hill State Park is a pocket of wilderness in this otherwise busy urban area. The trails will close for wet conditions due to the fragile nature of the black land prairie. Call Cedar Hill State Park 972-281-3900*2 for current trail conditions. The hiking trails are free however state park admission applies.