Tar Hollow State Forest

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Most of Tar Hollow State Forest is in Ross County. Sections of the east side of the forest are in Hocking and Vinton Counties. (See the map below for the location of the county lines.)

Hocking County

Tar Hollow SP (Hocking Co.)
Coordinates: 39.3826807, -82.7471137
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Ross County

Tar Hollow State Forest (Ross Co.)
Coordinates: 39.4023245, -82.7651343
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Tar Hollow State Forest–Logan Trail
Coordinates: 39.374924, -82.762646
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Tar Hollow SP (Ross Co.)
Coordinates: 39.3889753, -82.7497637
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Tar Hollow SP–Sheep Pasture Shelter
Coordinates: 39.3942293, -82.7675723
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Vinton County

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Ohio Birding Day Hike

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)

Logan Trail
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
Tar Hollow State Forest is Ohio’s third largest state forest, at 16,120 acres. Although active logging operations are usually ongoing, the vast majority of the forest is wooded with a variety of forest communities. There is a network of 22 miles of hiking trails, primarily in the northern half of the forest. A total of 31 miles of forest roads, 17 paved and 14 gravel, make for easy access via automobile. Maps of roads and trails should be available from the headquarters, located on OH-327.

Open year round, 6 am to 11 pm daily.

Parking generally not a problem anywhere, forest roads are lightly traveled and there is normally ample room to pull off.
From Ohio Ornithological Society

Birds of Interest by Season
Winter
All of our common winter woodland species, including good chances for half-hardy species like Eastern Phoebe and Hermit Thrush. Wild Turkey and Ruffed Grouse can often be found. Native stands of Virginia and Pitch pines often harbor winter irruptives such as Red-breasted Nuthatch and Pine Siskins, and Evening Grosbeaks and crossbills are sometimes recorded.
Spring
Good numbers and diversity of neotropical migrants.
Summer
A great diversity of woodland species, many of which require larger unfragmented forests, including Cerulean, Hooded, Kentucky, Black-and-white and Worm-eating warblers, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Wood Thrushes, and Broad-winged Hawks. Riparian areas harbor Northern Parulas, Yellow-throated Warblers, and Louisiana Waterthrushes. Pine stands often have Pine Warblers, and in 1973, Ohio’s only confirmed nesting record of Red Crossbill occurred here. All in all, summer birding for breeders can be fantastic.
Fall
Good numbers and diversity of neotropical migrants.

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