WELCOME to the Tar Hollow State Park Website!
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.
- Tar Hollow State Forest is open to visitors between the
hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily. Legal campers, hunters and
anglers may be present during other hours.
- Operation of motor vehicles is restricted to roads provided
for such travel. The speed limit on state forest roads is 30 mph
unless otherwise posted. Vehicles may not be parked where
traffic or access to division service roads or trails will be
- Horses may be ridden only along forest roads or on
designated bridle trails.
- Fires are not permitted except in grills or fire rings
provided or in portable stoves. Fires must be attended at all
- Litter must be disposed of in receptacles provided.
- Camping is permitted only in areas provided and designated
for such use.
- Public display or consumption of any alcoholic beverage is
- Disturbance, defacement or destruction of any property,
material, natural feature or vegetation is prohibited. Berries,
nuts and mushrooms may be gathered and removed except from tree
seed orchards or posted areas.
General visitation guidelines