Dillon State Park 'Feathered Friend' © April Reed
This little fella was sitting at the end of the boat ramp, and he was too cute too pass up a photo session
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USA Parks
Southeast Ohio Region
Dillon State Park
5265 Dillon Hills Dr
Nashport, Ohio   43830-9568

Phone: 740-453-4377
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Dillon State Park
'Feathered Friend'
© April Reed Photography

This little fella was sitting at the end of the boat ramp, and he was too cute too pass up a photo session

Dillon State Park
'Race For The Finish'
© April Reed Photography

My kids and I happened to stumble upon boat races, which was our first experience with this entertaining sport.

Dillon State Park
'Thumbs Up'
© April Reed Photography

This boater is proud of a well earned win

Dillon State Park
'Dillon Dam'
© April Reed Photography

This was taken standing at the scenic overlook at Dillon State Park. It has a wonderful covered picnic area and clean restrooms.

Dillon State Park
'In Flight'
© April Reed Photography

Sadly, I startled my feathered friend, which ended our photo session.

Dillon State Park
'Boat Ramp'
© April Reed Photography

I saw this boat ramp at Dillon Lake and fell in love with. I could have sat there all day relaxing

Dillon State Park
'Gathering Nectar'
© April Reed Photography

I am not sure what kind of flower this is, but I thought it was very pretty. The bee was an added bonus

Dillon State Park
'Busy Bee'
© April Reed Photography

This is the same bee as in the photograph Gathering Nectar, and I want to thank him for making my photos more interesting

The wooded hills and scenic valleys of the Dillon area offer a picturesque setting for outdoor adventure. Whether boating the quiet coves and inlets of the lake or hiking the forest trails, Ohio's rural hill country provides an outstanding recreational experience at Dillon State Park.
Nature of the Area
Dillon State Park in Muskingum County is situated in an area of the state that possesses diverse and unique natural features. One of which is the presence of the Black Hand Sandstone. Sand, eroded hundreds of millions of years ago from mountains farther east, accumulated in a vast delta in the sea covering the region. This hard bedrock erodes to form sheer cliffs and supports a hardwood forest.

The rolling, reverting farmland of the Dillon area provides visitors the opportunity to see some of Ohio's most magnificent wildlife. White-tailed deer,ruffed grouse and wild turkey can be seen by quiet observers. During migration, numerous species of waterfowl visit Dillon's waters. Most recently, sightings of bald eagles have been reported.
GeneralLand, acres2285
 Water, acres1560
 Nearby Wildlife Areayes
 Hiking Trail, miles10
 Picnic Shelters, #2
 Swimming Beach, feet1360
 Bridle Trails, miles15
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Seasonal Dock Rental123
 Launch Ramps, #2
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingPrimative, #12
 Electric Sites, #183
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Ice Skatingyes
AccommodationsFamily Cottages, #29
There are 29 family cottages nestled in the woods overlooking the north lakeshore. Each cottage has air conditioning, color cable television, gas heat, two bedrooms, bath, living room with sofa bed, all-electric kitchen, dining area and screened porch. Linens, towels and kitchen utensils are furnished. Please call Dillon State Park for more details: (740) 453-0442
An excellent 1,360-foot swimming beach is located near the park office. Facilities include a bath house, showers, lockers,snack bar and a wading pool for children. A game area is adjacent to the beach offering tennis, horseshoe, paddle ball, volleyball, basketball and shuffleboard as well as a playground area.
Boating with unlimited horsepower is permitted at Dillon. Four boat ramps are provided for access to the lake. A boat concession offers boat/motor rental, fuel, fishing and boating supplies, and snacks. Seventy docks are available for rent on a seasonal basis.

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Picnic areas complete with tables and grills are located at many pleasant and scenic spots throughout the park. Two shelters available on a first-come, first-served basis, are located at the overlook area and beach. A boater's picnic area with well water and vault-type latrines is located on the lake.
Visitors who enjoy nature study will find that Dillon's trails are pathways to discovery. The Ruffed Grouse Nature Trail is approximately 3/4-mile long and introduces the hiker to the varied habitats of the area. This trial is a branch of the 6-mile long Licking Bend Trail which skirts the lakeshore. Three other fascinating trails--Blackberry Ridge Trail (1 mile), King Ridge Loop (1.1 miles) and Hickory Grove Loop ( 1.5 miles) are located very near the camping and cottage area.
Area Attractions
Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve is located ten miles northwest of Dillon State Park on Licking County Road 273. Muskingum River State Park, featuring a hand-operated lock system, is headquartered in nearby Zanesville. Further south, off S.R. 60, lies Blue Rock State Park and State Forest. All are just a short drive from the Dillon area.

Around Zanesville, there are a number of attractions that reflect the cultural history of the Dillon region. A ride on the Lorena Sternwheeler docked at the Zanesville Riverside Park is a floating trip into the past. The National Road/Zane Grey Museum in Norwich offers a nostalgic look at life on the early Ohio frontier. Muskingum County is a leader in the production of pottery items, and several potteries offer tours of their facilities.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 21 Nice Park Helping Staff Quiet Campground by Ron Gaydis
Several weeks ago, I made my first trip to Dillion State Park. Not knowing what to expect a welcoming helpful staff of ranger's, hosts and employees greeted me. I had the opportunity to make new friends while staying at the spacious, quiet campground. I had the pleasure of sharing rides in my Yellow Amphicar and making memories for all my passengers that experienced Vehicular Buoyancy. Thank you to everyone and especially the park officers for welcoming me to their beautiful park and lake.
August 6 family man
I love this park. i take three kids ages 5, 10 and 12. I always worry about them getting bored. there was plenty for them to do. I tent camp so the heat worried me but 90% of the sites were shaded. The bathrooms were clean (have a 5yr old girl so that matters). I will be be back. Already looking into my next stay.
March 1 by rollingrock
this park is ok i stayed in the cabin for two nights and i found a pack of cig,and some food in the fridge and the beds look like its been sleped in so the cabin wasnt that good the park it self was ok there should be swings in the cabin area for the kids
February 8 Still lovin this Park by Gloria Sommers
Have came here for years with my parents and now after all these years we are still coming Love this park
July 2 MaMa & PaPa Love Dillon Lake by Cherie Lebrun
Hi! My two farm collies LOVE Dillon Lake. I did a video with a song for kids and music for adults. Hope you enjoy it! We try to go once per week. Cherie Lebrun Search, Dillon Lake, Zanesville Ohio in Google or paste this to browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rdJM8IzB1k
June 30 family camping trip by the bobb family
this was our first time camping there it was very nice nd was quiet alot of campgrounds are very noisy but we enjoyed our self
August 9 Wonderful Get Away is Waiting for You by Scout Master Rick
I am local and go to this park many times a year. I am a local boy scout scout master and have had opportunity to walk the back trails and have seen the horse trails. Fishing is always fun and the lake has plenty of room for those who bring their boats to fish or ski and tube. We stay in tents when we camp and the camp sites are nicely laid out. Hope to see you there!
June 11 go here all the time by falloutboygrl981
my family and i go here about 3 times a year. its a nice little get away. it isnt top of the line but for the price its worth it!
May 3 great family camping
My family stayed 8/07 at Dillon State Park and totally enjoyed it. Lake was wonderful to swim. Saw lots of wildlife. Bath houses were clean.

Area Campgrounds

National Road Campground
2850 S. Pleasant Grove Rd.
Zanesville, OH

Wolfies Campground
101 Buckeye Drive
Zanesville, OH

Area Fishing Related Businesses
Sportsmans One Stop Inc
3587 Newark Rd
Zanesville, OH
(740) 452-6140

Dillon Falls Store
2980 Dillon School Dr
Zanesville, OH
(740) 453-5930

Area Cabins and Lodges
Center Sanctum The
1204 Brandywine Blvd # C
Zanesville, OH
(740) 450-1600

Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
The Ohio Outback Lodge - McConnelsville, OHCottages and Cabins
In the heart of Ohio the Outback Lodge is located in Southeast Ohio, just minutes from the beautiful Muskingum River. The 2,200 square foot Lodge is constructed of Pine Logs, full basement, beautiful rural setting. It has wooded area as well as a creek and pond. This is a beautiful outdoor vacation spot.
Web Site: theohiooutbacklodge.com
32.5 miles from park*
Rose's Vacation Cabin - Glouster, OHCottages and Cabins
Burr Oak State Park - Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. Rose's Vacation Cabin Rental is a special place to make your Honeymoon, Anniversary, or Family Getaway a relaxing experience.
Web Site: rosesvacationcabinrental.com
37.3 miles from park*
The Grand Bentley Lodge - Rockbridge, OHCottages and Cabins
A spectacular, one-of-a-kind log home in the scenic Hocking Hills. Stunning solid walnut flooring. A grand great room with huge windows and a two-story stone fireplace. A spectacular recreation area with pool table, home theater, and a large hot tub right outside.
Web Site: grandbentleylodge.com
38.3 miles from park*
Area Resources
Hocking Hills Internet Guide - hockinghills.com - ROCKBRIDGE, OHTourism
Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
Web Site: hockinghills.com
50.1 miles from park*
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