Dillon Lake - Member Hike

Hike Name: Dillon Lake
Country: United States
State: Ohio
Nearby Town: Nashport
Rating: 2 stars
Directions: From Downtown Zanesville:
1. Head west on Adair Ave/OH-146 toward Ashland Ave
Continue to follow OH-146 12.0 mi
2. Turn left at Old Newark Rd 361 ft
3. Continue on Forest Ln
Destination will be on the right
Total Hike Distance: 1.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Bridle Trail Staging Area Parking Lot
Trails Used: Ruffed Grouse Nature Trail
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: None
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: Dillon State Park
5265 Dillon Hills Drive
Nashport, OH 43830-9568

740-453-4377 Park Office
740-452-1083 Camp Office
866-644-6727 Cottage & camping reservations
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Bikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: Dillon State Park is located in in Muskingum County, a short distance from Zanesville, Ohio. The area possesses diverse and interesting natural features resulting from the unique properties of the Black Hand Sandstone. Sand, which eroded hundreds of millions of years ago from the mountains farther east, accumulated in a vast delta in the sea covering this region. The hard bedrock eroded to form sheer cliffs and supports a lush, hardwood forest in this area of East Central Ohio.

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, then creatd the village of Dillon Falls. Moses dammed the Licking River to provide water power for the community, and is probably most noted for his contributions toward the design and construction of the world-famous "Y" bridge in Zanesville. In 1961, construction on Dillon Reservoir was completed for flood control by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers . Dillon State Park was dedicated a few years later in August 1968.

The Ruffed Grouse Nature Trail is approximately 0.75-mile long and introduces the hiker to the varied habitats of the area. It starts at a parking area on the western side of the park, and this trail is a branch of the 6-mile long Licking Bend Trail which skirts the lakeshore.




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