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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Please note that no eBird hotspots have been established for Tar Hollow State Forest in Hocking or Vinton Counties. Please suggest hotspots for these sections of the state forest if you visit and submit checklists.
Ohio Birding Day Hike: Tar Hollow State Forest Trails
Tar Hollow State Forest and the Buckeye Trail
Tar Hollow State Forest offers 22 miles of hiking trails through the wilds of Ohio’s third largest state forest. 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
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