Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Tar Hollow State Forest website
Tar Hollow State Forest brochure and map
Tar Hollow State Forest bridle trail brochure and map
Tar Hollow trail map
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Tar Hollow State Forest Trails
Tar Hollow State Forest offers 22 miles of hiking trails through the wilds of Ohio’s third largest state forest.
Buckeye Trail (blue blazes)
Bridle Trail (white blazes)
Logan Trail (red blazes)
Homestead Trail (multi-use)
Ross Hollow Trail (yellow blazes)
The best hike here is the Logan Trail, perfect for those intermediate hikers looking for something a bit more rugged. Set up to be a figure eight with double loops roughly eight miles each in length, this path stays largely in the beautiful forests and meets up with the Buckeye Trail.
From 6 Amazing Day Hikes on the Buckeye Trail
Park at the Fire Tower on South Ridge Road. This is the center of the Logan Trail figure eight. For a 4.5 mile hike, go south on the Buckeye Trail. Follow the Buckeye Trail across Park Road 2 and continue until you reach the junction with the Logan Trail. Turn right (west) on the Logan Trail and follow it back to the Fire Tower.
There are a variety of circuit hikes you can take in this area using the Buckeye Trail and the Logan Trail loops.
Tips for birding Tar Hollow State Forest
From Ohio Ornithological Society website
About Tar Hollow State Forest
Tar Hollow State Forest originated from the Ross-Hocking Land Utilization project of the 1930s. The purpose of the program was to locate families to more productive land, thereby enabling them to better sustain a living. Following termination of the project, the land was leased to the Division of Forestry and finally transferred to the State in 1958. Tar Hollow is Ohio’s third largest state forest, containing 16,120 acres.
A wealth of recreational activities are available at Tar Hollow State Forest. A 46-site primitive horse camp is located at the south end of the forest on Poe Run Road. Latrines are provided at the camp, but electricity and drinking water are not available. Radiating from the horse camp are 26 miles of bridle trails. All bridle trails are south of the fire tower.
A 22-mile network of hiking trails is located in the northern half of the forest.
Seventeen miles of paved forest roads and 14 miles of gravel forest roads provide a great opportunity for a scenic drive and allow good access to all areas of the forest.
From Tar Hollow State Forest website