Dillon State Park RV & Campground Guide


Sitting on wooded hills with scenic valleys, Dillon State Park offers 2,285 acres of natural wonder in east central Ohio. The nearby Licking River feeds the Dillon Reservoir, created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1961 for flood control. This tract of land boasts summer and winter recreation, nature watching, and a place to gather with your group. Two picnic sites and numerous pavilions and shelterhouses are great for having a meal with friends and family and hosting parties and reunions. Several points of interest in the park, including the archery range and disc golf course, are offered at no charge to visitors thanks to the generosity of local Eagle Scouts.

Nearby Cities

  • Columbus, OH

  • Zanesville, OH

  • Dresden, OH

  • Hanover, OH

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Spring 31-73 F
Summer 59-84 F
Fall 34-76 F
Winter 20-41 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Dillon State Park

Campground Accommodations

Dillon State Park Campground

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 64 feet

  • Other amenities: Showers, flush toilets, dump station, laundromat, camp store with food and supplies, ball courts, inclusive playground, gaga ball court

LA-Z Acres Campground

LA-Z Acres Campground is nestled in the scenic hills of eastern Ohio near Zanesville and just minutes from Route 16. Campers of all ages can enjoy camp activities like fishing, horseshoes, cornhole and live concerts. There are also restaurant options and a general store on-site.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Shower and restroom facilities, swimming pool and a basketball court

Friendly Hills Camp

Friendly Hills Camp features 24 sites that accommodate fifth wheels, small toy haulers and large RVs. The camp offers various opportunities for exploration, recreational activities and easy access to the Muskingum River. RV rates start at $30 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Swimming pool, hot showers and restrooms

National Road Campground

National Road Campground offers a calm, relaxing atmosphere with two gorgeous ponds stocked with various fish. Located less than one mile off I-70 and within two miles of Zanesville, the campground offers wildlife observation, nature walks and fishing opportunities.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Satellite TV, cornhole, restrooms and showers

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What to Do at
Dillon State Park

Multi-use trails offer opportunities for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking around the reservoir and through the hardwood forest area. Bring your bow and arrows for archery target practice, get a group together for gaga ball, or relax in one of the two picnic areas in the park. No matter your activity level or skill, there's certain to be an adventure waiting for you at Dillon State Park.

Boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are all great for getting out on the lake. Fishing is a top sport in the reservoir with several species and big catches reported, and numerous multi-use trails loop through the park for a chance to view nature from beyond the roadside. Be sure to check out the equipment rentals for boating, disc golf, and bicycling at the camp store and marina.

Inside Dillon State Park

You can enjoy a day in the sun at the 1,360-foot swimming beach located near the park office. Launch your boat into the 1,560-acre lake and try your luck at catching largemouth bass, saugeye, catfish, bluegill or hybrid-striped bass. You can also go canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding at the lake; rental opportunities for these recreational boats are available at the camp store. Seven nature trails navigate through the park, presenting a wide range of scenic landscapes for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Other activities you can pursue inside Dillon State Park are disk golf, picnicking, tennis and volleyball. In the winter, you can go sledding near the archery range.

Fishing Fishing

Out on Dillon Reservoir, you'll have a chance at catching largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, saugeye, hybrid striped bass, and catfish. Fish from shore or out on your boat. The area near the dam is a top spot for anglers seeking a prized catch. An Ohio fishing license is required for all people ages 16 and up.

Geocaching Geocaching

A hidden cache is relatively easy to find with a short jaunt over to the sledding hill. Check out the official geocache website for more details, and then grab your GPS, strap on your hiking shoes, and set out on your exploratory venture.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

Birding is popular at Dillon State Park with dozens of songbird species and migratory waterfowl. Bald eagles and owls are also mesmerizing sights to spy in the sky.

Stargazing Stargazing

Look up to the sky on a cloudless night and you'll be able to see an amazing view of stars and lunar objects. Just be sure to get out from under the cover of the trees.

Flora and Fauna

Diverse habitats like hardwood forests, pine plantations, meadows, and wetlands make up the landscape of the park. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, red-tailed hawks, and pileated woodpeckers are some of the wildlife creatures you'll see during your visit. Migratory waterfowl make stops, and mallards, Canada geese, songbirds, owls, and occasional bald eagles make their homes here.

Hiking Hiking

Seven hiking trails for a total of 8.9 miles carve paths through the park, ranging from easy to moderate difficulty levels. The short Storybook Trail is a paved path that tells a story as you walk along, with a Free Little Library for you to borrow and give books.


Dillon Reservoir is a 1,560-acre lake with no limit to horsepower boating. Two boat ramps give visitors access to the water. Canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent at the camp store. Over 90 seasonal docks are available for rent, with four additional docks for overnight rental.

Swimming Swimming

A 1,360-foot public swimming beach sits on the reservoir's shore near the park office. Swimming is unsupervised and allowed in the designated area during daylight hours only. There are two restroom facilities near the beach.


One of Ohio's top-ranked mountain biking areas, Dillon State Park has some of the most challenging trails in the state. Riders can work on their biking skills in the skills area to prepare for the 18 miles of mountain biking trails. These trails are color-coded for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders.

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How to Get to
Dillon State Park

Dillon State Park is an approximate 15-minute drive north and east from Zanesville taking Highway 146. From Highway 146, turn east at Highway 708 to head toward the park office, public beach, and campground.

Entering Dillon State Park

There are parking lots located at the park office, beach, and boat launches. There is some additional parking in the campgrounds for registered guests.

There is no entry fee to visit Dillon State Park. There are also no additional parking fees.

Dillon State Park Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults) : $0.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dillon State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Dillon State Park?

Boating and fishing are very popular in the warmer months at Dillon State Park. During the winter, ice fishing and sledding are fun activities if you can brave the sometimes frigid temperatures.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Dillon State Park?

White-tailed deer, wild turkey, red-tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers, migratory birds, Canada geese, and bald eagles are all seen in the park.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Dillon State Park?

There are 195 RV camping spots at Dillon State Park. Some sites are full hookups, others electric only, and others with no hookups at all.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Dillon State Park and what is the cost?

You must reserve your camping spot before setting up your equipment on the site. You can reserve up to six months in advance online or by phone. The cost of campsites ranges from $21 to $40 per night.

Are pets allowed at Dillon State Park?

Pets are allowed at Dillon State Park so long as they are leashed and supervised. Be aware of certain designated areas that are marked as being off-limits to pets, including the public beach. Pets are welcome in all camping spots.