Stretching across 2,285 acres of land in central Ohio, the Dillon State Park welcomes humans and their furry companions to explore its forests, hills and the Dillon Reservoir. Named for the founder of Dillon Falls, this furbulous area nestled near the Licking River is pupular for outdoor fun year round.
For those pups who need to stretch their legs, the park offers 7 trails that traverse the park. With a couple of trails just for the hikers, a mountain bike trail and several multi-use trails, you and your pup are sure to find the pawfect route for an afternoon trek. Trails range from a paved 0.5 mile path to 9 miles for walkers, and some even allow horses too. Watch the signage, as some portions of the trails prohibit hikers.
Mainly comprised of picturesque valleys and wooded hills that offer a scenic setting for your adventure, this woofderful park features many day use areas. Picnic areas with tables and grills and 3 shelters make for pawtastic places to relax, enjoy a snack or meal, or plan a get together. A playground and several sports courts are great for entertaining the two legged members of your pack, and include a disc golf course.
Get your water fun on at the Dillon Reservoir, which offers boating off its two ramps, a marina, and canoe or kayak rentals at the camp store. If you prefer to try your hand at catching dinner, grab your fishing license and pick a spot to snag largemouth bass, bluegill, or crappie. If you'd prefer to get in a swim at the beach, note that your pup is prohibited from any designated beach or bathing areas.
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. Hunting is also permitted in certain areas, and there's an archery range on site. In the winter, you can also enjoy sledding and ice skating.
Stay overnight with up to two dogs at designated campsites that range from electric to primitive, and feature showers and dump toilets. Or live it up at one of the cabins that allow pets in the woods. Admission is free at this puptastic park, but overnight stays do require some fees.
Be sure to bring all the essentials for a pawrific day out with your pup, including water to share. Have clean-up bags on hand, and always pick up after your dog. Wherever you travel in the park, keep your dog on a leash no longer than 6 feet long at all times.
For a furtastic adventure with your furry bestie, head to the Dillon State Park with your pup today!