Located just 10 miles southwest of Dallas , Cedar Hill State Park (1570 FM 1382 in Cedar Hill, 972/291-3900, www.tpwd.state.tx.us ) is a 1,826-acre urban nature preserve on the 7,500-acre Joe Pool Reservoir. The 355 rural wooded have water and electricity, and the park’s facilities include restrooms with showers, four miles of hiking/backpacking trails, and 10 miles of mountain bike trails.
Other nearby camping options include Dallas Hi-Ho Campground (18 miles south of town in Glenn Heights, 877/619-3900, www.campingfriend.com ), which offers full hookups for motor homes, and spots for trailers, “fifth wheels,” campers, and tents. With limited natural space in such an urban area, one of the only other options is a KOA campground, including Dallas Metro KOA (2715 S. Cooper, 817/277-6600) and Dallas Northeast (903/527-3615, http://koa.com/where/tx/43166 ) in Caddo Mills. Both offer RV hookups, cabins, and swimming.