Dayton State Park is one of the easier parks to visit in Northern Nevada. The park is right off HWY 50 as you are going through Dayton. We find ourselves in Dayton regularly as we have friends who live there. We had a little time to spare before visiting our friends one weekend so we made a quick detour. Dayton State Park is a small park but definitely worth a visit.
The park has plenty of parking and some picnic areas. The picnic areas would be nice for a BBQ lunch and there is plenty of space for the kids to run around. The group use area was particularly impressive. It has a large covered area with picnic tables and an impressive BBQ and food prep area. I see us reserving the spot for group gatherings in the warmer seasons.
Dayton State Park Highlights
- Large group use area
- Easy paths for kids
- Close to home
On our adventure to Dayton State Park, we had some time to take the kids for a walk. One of the trails we found led to a tunnel under HWY 50. I had no idea this was here and was pretty excited to explore the old mill buildings on the other side of the highway. Unfortunately, the tunnel was filled with water and it was too sketchy for me to walk through let alone the kiddos. I’m hopping this will be cleared out this spring, because it would be fun to walk around.
We continued our hike into the small campground. They are nice spots even if there is a lot of road noise. It would be a great campground for those passing through or a quick overnighter for those of us more local.
We finished the hike following another short trail to the Carson River. Our whole impromptu visit was probably no more than an hour but we were able to get some wiggles out of Oliver and enjoy some needed sunshine. Sometimes an adventure doesn’t need a lot of planning or a lot of time to be memorable. Now, when we drive through Dayton, Oliver points out Dayton State Park. “Hey, I go there before!”