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Hours, Pets, Admission, Location, Parking, Trail Access and Directions

Hours

Tuesday through Saturday 9am – 5pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays
When our center is closed, our trails are closed.

Pets

Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome on Saturdays. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after dogs. 

Admission

While we do not charge an entry fee, donations are appreciated. Your donations enable us to maintain the trails and facility as well as staff the front desk, which determines our open hours. Remember, when the center is closed, the trails are also closed.

Donations can be made at our front desk and the metal donation box near the trailhead. Donations can also be made online.

Location

We are located on FM 1382 in Cedar Hill, Texas between Cedar Hill State Park and Newman International Academy (formerly Northwood University) at:

1206 W. FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Map & Directions

View our Contact Us page for contact information

Parking and Trail Access

The parking lot is split into two areas. Visitors are welcome to park in either area, but avoid parking in the bus parking area during school days. Our hiking trails are accessed by coming up the ramp to the building and first signing in at the Gift Shop (double doors on the right side of the breezeway). The trails are behind the building. Please sign out when you leave.

We share the larger parking lot with Cedar Mountain Nature Preserve (which is a different property than Cedar Ridge Preserve in Duncanville). Cedar Mountain Nature Preserve is owned by the County of Dallas and managed by the City of Cedar Hill. Cedar Ridge Preserve is owned by the City of Dallas and managed by the Audubon Dallas Chapter, a separate entity under the National Audubon Society umbrella.

The City of Cedar Hill's Hike and Bike Trail is currently under construction. This is the paved sidewalk crossing the front of Audubon's property between the two parking areas and extending to the north and south of the parking area.

Cedar Mountain Nature Preserve is accessed via the paved path on the north side of the large parking lot. The kiosk closest to FM 1382 marks the trailhead. This 1.5-mile trail leads through a small wooded area, across a meadow next to FM 1382, and then turns left into the forest where it completes a loop and then returns to the point at which it entered the forest. The correct turn into the forest is well-marked. Please do not enter other areas of the forest. The trails on Cedar Mountain Preserve do not connect to Audubon's trails. 

Stay On The Trail

While hiking on any trails, stay on the trail. Flagging that may appear along the trail often leads to nowhere and is used for several purposes that are not intended to lead visitors off-trail. Trails you see leading off the established trail may be used by wildlife, maintenance crew, or individuals that own neighboring properties. By following any flagging or unmarked/unestablished trails, you are leaving the trails for which visitors are granted access. Doing so increases the risk of encountering poisonous plants and venomous snakes that may be hidden from view. These false leads may also cause visitors to illegally trespass on neighboring private property. It is not uncommon for those who have ventured off-trail to become dangerously lost in a large unfamiliar wilderness with no access to water. Finally, leaving the trail damages the delicate ecosystems these preserves have been established to protect.

While there is a lovely view of Joe Pool Lake from Audubon's West Loop Trail, none of the trails accessed from Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center reach Joe Pool Lake. In order to access Joe Pool Lake, visit Cedar Hill State Park, the Dam at Joe Pool Lake, or parks on the Grand Prairie and Mansfield side of the lake.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace principles when hiking. Our Trail Rules are based on Leave No Trace principles.

Directions

From the West: Take I-20 eastbound to the Beltline Rd (FM 1382) exit. Turn right on FM 1382/Beltline Rd.  Pass the entrance to Cedar Hill State Park. The center entrance is 1/2-mile further on the right. If you get to Newman International Academy, you have just missed us.

From Dallas: Take I-35 south to Hwy 67 south; proceed on Hwy 67 a few miles south of the I-20 intersection and take the FM 1382 exit. Turn right on FM 1382. After passing through the traffic light at New Clark Rd, you'll soon pass Newman International Academy on the left. The next left turn lane in the center median strip will be for Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center.

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