Tar Hollow State Park - Laurelville, OH - Ohio State Parks



16396 Tar Hollow Rd
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Welcome to Tar Hollow State Park
Twisting park and forest roads pass through 604 acres of deep ravines and dense woodlands. Scattered shortleaf and pitch pines growing on the ridges were once a source of pine tar for early settlers, hence the name Tar Hollow. Dogwoods, redbuds and a variety of wildflowers color the hillsides in the springtime. Fall's pageant of color is spectacular.

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Within Facility
Sunny and shady sites to suit every camper
71 electric sites
11 non-electric sites
12 walk-in sites
5 primitive sites along the backpack trail
Campground equipped with showers, laundry facilities, pit latrines and a dump station
Beach is close by
General Store offers camping supplies, souvenirs and snacks
Registered campers may borrow game and sporting equipment from the General Store
Pet camping is permitted on all sites

Boating with electric motors only permitted on the 15-acre Pine Lake. The lake is perfect for canoes and rowboats. A launch ramp is located near the beach.


Bluegill and other panfish provide good sport on the 15-acre Pine Lake. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.

Hunting is not permitted in the state park, but the adjacent state forest provides excellent hunting opportunities for squirrel, deer, grouse and turkey. A valid Ohio hunting license is required.

Four picnic areas offer excellent scenery and a peaceful setting. The Big Shelterhouse can be reserved online. Seven additional shelters can be reserved by calling the park office at (740) 887-4818 on the first business day of each calendar month. Camping is permitted at these shelters.

Pine Lake offers a 500-foot unguarded beach, which is within walking distance of the campgrounds. Swimming is permitted during daylight hours only. Swim at your own risk. Pets are NOT allowed on swimming beaches.

Ross Hollow Hiking Trail is 3.5 miles (yellow blazes), located near the camp, and provides foot access to the hills of Tar Hollow.
The 21-mile Logan Backpack Trail (red blazes) traverses the park and forest. Parking and the trailhead are located near the dam spillway at Pine Lake. Organized groups can camp by reservation in the group area. Camping for backpackers is also available at the Logan Hollow campground. Registration and payment of the regular camping fee are required. A backpack camp at the fire tower on south loop is available by reservation through the ODNR Division of Forestry.
A section of Ohio's Buckeye Trail (blue blazes) also passes through the area.
Twenty-five miles of bridle trails (white blazes) and a horse camp are located on the forest land.
The 2.5-mile Pine Run mountain bike trail begins at the general store.

More to Do
Playground and basketball court are located near the campgrounds
General Store, open seasonally, offers an 18 hole miniature golf course, bike and boat rentals, as well as a game room, which features a ping pong table, air hockey and fooseball
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