Dayton State Park is full of a rich history dating back to the 1800s when this area was part of a booming mining community. There are remains of several old structures here, most notably Rock Point Mill, which was originally built in 1861. Nowadays only a few stone walls remain, but it is still fun to wander what is left of this area's historic past.
Camping is what most people gravitate to when visiting Dayton State Park. Sites are limited, with only 25 total areas available to rent. Most of these sites cater more to "glamping," or camping with recreational vehicles. These sites fill up exceptionally fast, especially for individuals with RVs so make sure to reserve early. Canines are allowed on the campsite grounds provided they stay on a six-foot leash or shorter, but are prohibited from any indoor structures.
There are three miles of trails in total if hiking is what you're looking for. These trails take you into the woods following the Carson River and are generally quite easy to navigate. Dogs are allowed on these trails, provided you clean up after any messes they might make. Leashes must be six feet or shorter for any visiting canines.
There are two group areas available for rental throughout the summer months. These are shaded concrete pavilions with picnic tables, restrooms, and full grill facilities. Free parking is included in these rentals and is immediately adjacent to the pavilions themselves. Canines are not allowed inside of the pavilions, as well as any of the indoor structures.
If you are looking to bring your little ones, there are free educational programs offered throughout the year. These tend to be fairly nature-centric and provide a great, broader understanding of the scenery that surrounds you inside of Dayton State Park. Canines can accompany guests to these programs, provided they stay leashed up and aren't distracting for other guests.