Covid-19 Note: Dogwood Canyon is currently closed, including trails. Visit the main page for details and updates. Visit our virtual education page to learn more about our center and the surrounding flora and fauna.
Tuesday through Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.
Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays (including the day after Thanksgiving and several days around Christmas and New Years).
Please contact the center for holiday closures that are not yet posted.
When our center is closed, our trails are closed.
Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome on Saturdays. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after dogs. We reserve the right to ask that any pet be removed from our property.
Admission is donation-based to allow everyone in our community the opportunity to visit this ecosystem. While we do not have a set admission fee, 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.
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. To access our hiking trails: follow the granite pathway to the ramp which leads to the C.E. Doolin building. Please sign in at the Gift Shop (double doors on the right side of the breezeway), obtain a map and other information. The trails are behind the building. Please sign out when you leave.
We share the larger parking lot next to FM 1382 with Cedar Mountain Preserve (which is a different property than Cedar Ridge Preserve in Duncanville) and the City of Cedar Hill. Cedar Mountain 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.
When open, Cedar Mountain Preserve is accessed via the paved path on the north side of the large parking lot. This preserve is currently closed due to the construction of Cedar Hill's Hike and Bike Trail. 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 as this disturbs habitat for plants and wildlife. The trails on Cedar Mountain Preserve do not connect to Audubon's trails. Please do not follow any flagging or attempt to connect trails. You risk crossing neighboring private property and you contribute to erosion of natural areas that are not maintained for public access. This is at a detriment to the flora and fauna of the canyon area.
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, research, 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 trespass on neighboring private property. It is not uncommon for those who have ventured off-trail to become lost in a large unfamiliar wilderness. Most importantly, 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
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.