Dillon State Park encompasses a total area of 2,285 acres of land and 1,560 acres of water near Zanesville City, Muskingum County, Ohio. To get to the park, drive to 5265 Dillon Hills Drive, Nashport, OH 43830-9568. The park gets its name from Moses Dillon who in 1803 purchased land next to Licking River where the park is now located. Moses Dillon founded the village of Dillon Falls, operated a local iron foundry and dammed the Licking River to provide water power to the village. He is also known for his contributions for the design and construction of the world famous ‘Y’ bridge in Zanesville.
The topography at the park is mainly comprised of picturesque valleys and wooded hills that offer a scenic setting for lots of outdoors fun. When at the park you might catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife including wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and white-tailed deer. In the migration season, you may also get to see different species of waterfowl and get to see the bald eagle.
Besides observing the flora and fauna at the park, you can participate in several other activities including sledding, fishing, boating, ice skating, camping, hunting, swimming, trap shooting, horseback riding, and hiking. Some of the amenities available at the park to facilitate these activities include several campsites, picnic shelters, picnic areas, cottages, teepee, food concession, trails, playground, shooting range, game courts, flush toilets, showers, fuel dock, marina, swimming beach, boat rentals, laundry, and boat ramps.
Like all other Ohio State Parks, you are allowed to bring your dog with you at no extra cost. Additionally, you are also expected to follow standard Ohio State Park rules. Some of the relevant rules with regard to your dog are as follows. First, your dog must always be on a leash no longer than six feet long. Secondly, dogs are not permitted into park buildings including lodges and lodge areas, wildlife display areas, swimming pool, cabins and cabin areas, beach, and camping areas that are not designated as being pet-friendly.
That said, like all other Ohio State Parks, you can bring a maximum of two pets/dogs per campsite. Unlike most other Ohio State parks, Dillon State Park additionally offers pet/dog-friendly facilities including cabins and lodge rentals.