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Dillon State Park, about 50 miles east of Columbus, is a popular place for four-season fun. There's sledding, ice skating, archery, hiking, fishing, disc golf, swimming and boating on the giant lake that gives the park its name.

Dillon State Park 5265 Dillon Hills Dr., Nashport 740-453-4377 Park homepage Mountain bike info

Me, I go for the 12 miles or so of quality, demanding off-road biking. (Columbus riders: This is the best place to go once you've graduated from Alum Creek's Phase 1 but aren't yet sure about Phase 2.)

Full trail review after the jump...

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Dillon State Park, about 50 miles east of Columbus, is a popular place for four-season fun. There's sledding, ice skating, archery, hiking, fishing, disc golf, swimming and boating on the giant lake that gives the park its name.

Dillon State Park 5265 Dillon Hills Dr., Nashport 740-453-4377 Park homepage Mountain bike info

Me, I go for the 12 miles or so of quality, demanding off-road biking. (Columbus riders: This is the best place to go once you've graduated from Alum Creek's Phase 1 but aren't yet sure about Phase 2.)

Full trail review after the jump...

First of all, the trail map you'll find at the park homepage is not useful. Take THIS MAP instead. It's provided by the wonderful people at Appalachia Outdoor Adventures, who maintain the trail.

When entering Dillon from State Rt. 146, turn onto Clay Littick Drive, turn left on Dillon Hills Drive and make your first right. The best trailhead will be on your left in a field. When you park, you should be able to see the lake.

View larger image This grassy section is nice, but it's just a quick warm-up

View larger image Deep woods define nearly all of Dillon's trail network. Some of the twists are really tight

View larger image A fun drop midway through your morning. Controlling your speed will help you keep momentum through ups and downs, a must at Dillon

View larger image There are a few steep climbs at Dillon, but the real work comes from shorter, quicker elevation changes along the way

View larger image Lush greenery in summer can be a pain, since it wreaks havoc on chainrings, but riding through this carpet of green is one of the best mountain-biking experiences in Ohio

View larger image Parts of the trail bring you next to the lake that give the park its name

View larger image When you're finished, head to a wide beach at the other end of the parking lot for a swim. There are showers and changing facilities nearby