Dillon State Park
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Introduction

Come explore beautiful rural Ohio by paying a visit to Dillon State park. This large RV friendly campground nestled in the rolling hills and valleys near Zanesville, OH is an outdoor lover's dream.

Founded on land purchased by bridge designer Moses Dillon in 1083, the area around what is now Dillon State Park began to grow due to the construction of the first federally funded road in the US. The Dillon Reservoir was formed in 1961 for flood control.

Easily park your rig on one of the 173 paved year round campsites and enjoy the over 46 miles of trails throughout the park. Rent a boat or stand up paddle board to explore the reservoir. Be on the lookout for migratory birds and the occasional Bald Eagle on a leisurely trail ride.

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Transportation in Dillon State Park

Driving

To get to Dillon State Park, take the State Street exit off of I-70 and head north until you reach SR 146 west. Follow SR 146 west for eight miles and turn left onto Clay Littick Rd which is the entrance to the park. The area offers some elevation change, but it caters to large RVs.

Parking

Dillon State Park offers paved roads and concrete campsite pads. Additional parking can be found at the camp store. A maximum of two vehicles, including your RV, are allowed per campsite. Please note that there are no pull-through sites within this campground.

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Campgrounds and parking in Dillon State Park

Campsites in Dillon State Park

Reservations camping

Coshocton KOA

If you’re looking for a vacation full of fun and excitement, you’ve come to the right place! Set up camp at Coshocton KOA and enjoy the beautiful countryside. Visit the neat little canal town of Roscoe Village, or embark on a wine-tasting adventure along the Three Rivers Wine Trail. At Coshocton KOA, you can participate in fun games like giant jenga and cornhole. In the fall, you can test your skills in the corn maze. Splash into the swimming pool, go see a movie, and kick back and relax with the Wi-Fi.

Buckeye Lake / Columbus East KOA

Near the scenic banks of Buckeye Lake, the 40-acre Buckeye Lake/Columbus East KOA is a serene, family-friendly campground that provides the perfect blend of recreation and relaxation. With pull-through sites and primitive camping areas available, you can customize your camping experience. Amenities include a seasonal pool, a massive jumping pad, basketball and volleyball courts, shower facilities, Wi-Fi, cable TV access, and sites with 50-amp hookups. Deluxe sites include patio furniture, a fire pit, and a large concrete patio. Conveniently situated just 1.5 miles from I-70, the Buckeye Lake/Columbus East KOA allows easy access to the surrounding cities and sites, while providing a quiet, comfortable space to experience the Buckeye Lake region.

Dillon State Park Campground

Dillon State Park offers year round RV camping in a three loop campground with 161 electric only sites. There are also 12 full hook up sites available.

For those that choose an electric only site, water is available in some areas of the park to fill your water tanks. You may want to plan trips to the water spigot at low traffic times, as you will most likely block traffic while you top off.

The campground consists of paved roads and concrete campsite pads. Bring leveling blocks just in case you need them. There is additional parking at the camp store, which also has a free WIFI hotspot for paid campers.

Shower, restroom facilities, and a playground are available on site. When the time comes, the park dump station is located near the entrance to the campground.

Reservations can be made during peak months of April through October. Non-peak camping is available on a first come first served basis.

First-come first-served

Equesterian Camp

Feel free to bring your horse with you to explore the trails as Dillon State Park offers 20 non-electric equestrian campsites.

Located near the entrance of the park, the horseman's area has easy access to parking and the trail head. As with other campsites in the park there is no water available within the campsite. Plan to fill up your water tanks prior to setting up camp. There is also one latrine located in this area.

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Dillon State Park

In-Season

Boating

Be sure to bring your boat with you to Dillon State Park. Use the two boat ramps to launch your watercraft into the 1,560-acre lake.

If you are thinking of sticking around for awhile, there are 95 docks available for seasonal lease in the state park marina.

No boat, no worries. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards are available for rent.

Swimming

Come enjoy the over 1,000 of beach access within the park. Swimming in the wading pool or lake is only permitted at Dillon State Park during daylight hours.

The beach area includes two restrooms and an ADA accessible facility. There are also picnic tables and a basketball court for use in those rare times you are not in the water.

Hiking

Dillon State Park offers nine miles of hiking on seven different trails. Navigate the beautiful landscape and views of the lake while hiking one of the moderate level dirt trails, or take a nice stroll on the half mile paved trail all while enjoying the diverse wildlife.

Deer and turkey frequent this area as well as several migratory bird species. Be sure to be on the lookout for Bald Eagles.

Off-Season

Sledding

Don't worry if you can't make it here during peak season as Dillon State Park is open year around.

When the conditions are just right, you can enjoy a ride down sled hill. Be sure to bring your best sled, tube, or disc to get the most out of the cold weather months.

The sled hill is also located close to a skating pond.

Shooting Sports

Built and maintained by a local Boy Scout Troop, Dillon State Park offers an archery range. Whether you are new to the sport, or a seasoned veteran this range offers the opportunity for all skill levels to feel comfortable.

Get ready for bow season by practicing on the 10-, 20-, 30, and 40-yard environmentally friendly targets.

If your hunting tool of choice doesn't involve a quiver, a full-featured shooting facility is located at the nearby Dillon Sportsman Center. Rifle, pistol, skeet, trap shooting, as well as firearm instruction is available.

Horseback riding

Saddle up to explore Dillon State Park's 19 miles of wooded equestrian trails the easy way. Trails throughout the park are marked to ensure hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders remain in their designated areas. There is one multi-use trail that allows all activities.

Equestrian facilities and parking are located close to the entrance of the park.

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