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Dillon State Park

5265 Dillon Hills Drive

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 2,285-acre Dillon State Park


Much of the history of the Dillon region can be attributed to the effects of transportation through the park. The Licking River provided transportation for Native Americans on their way to Flint Ridge where outcroppings of flint were found. In the Blackhand Gorge, carved by the Licking River, a sandstone cliff bore a soot blackened engraving of a human hand. This mysterious petroglyph is thought to have served as a guide marker for Indians searching for Flint Ridge. Specimens of Flint Ridge flint have been found as far east as the Atlantic seaboard, as far south as Louisiana and as far west as Kansas City.

Other methods of transportation affected the Dillon region. The Old National Road, just south of the park, was partly responsible for the establishment and growth of nearby Zanesville. The Ohio-Erie Canal followed the route of the Licking River for several miles and boosted trade and commerce to surrounding towns. An inter-urban railroad that connected Zanesville and Newark with Columbus passed through Blackhand Gorge. Steamboat traffic was busy through Zanesville on the Muskingum River.

In 1803, Moses Dillon purchased the land bordering the Licking River where the park is located. This industrious, early American built and operated a local iron foundry, founded the village of Dillon Falls and dammed the Licking River to provide water power for the community. Moses Dillon is probably most noted for his contributions toward the design and construction of the world-famous "Y" bridge in Zanesville.

Dillon Reservoir was constructed for flood control by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was completed in 1961. The park was dedicated in August 1968.


Ashley Meadows

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
New to the area. Wouldn't recommend the beach AT ALL. I never take the time to leave a review but I wanted to make sure no one else wastes their time. There is so much goose poop along the beach. It smells horrible. The water is mucky and a dark green/brown. There is no shower house and only a single bathroom. Haven't been around the rest of the park. But if you're looking to swim, go somewhere else. The pool is closed; from what I hear, it has been for a while.

Brice Stanislaw

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
ECOLI IN LAKE!! Should be upfront about on website and when reserving sites. - So bummed we came all the way from Michigan to camp, tube and swim and snorkel in the river and lake only to discover that Dillon Lake has a long history of Ecoli from city sewage overflowing from rain water into the river that feeds Dillon lake So no water activities. :( But campground, showers and bathrooms are clean and modern and well kept

Vince Lupo

Monday, May 28, 2018
Parking was fine. The scenery was nice. The hiking trails were a mess. Too much unlabeled criss cross. You try to follow the yellow hiking trail and end up on the muddy biking trail as a consequence. All trail junctions needed signage. We found a road and walked back to the car instead of trying the next part.

Dawn Coleman

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Very nice cabins. Beautiful woodsy area. A close drive to beach.

Katie Adkins

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Beautiful, nice clean beech area, and it has a pavilion to eat under. Bathrooms aren't bad either, better than portapotties

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