Tar Hollow State Park Campground

Updated: Nov 2


Tar Hollow State Park Campground / Campground in Ohio


Tar Hollow State Park Campground

16396 Tar Hollow Road

Laurelville, OH 43135

"The fire is the main comfort of camp, whether in summer or winter." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Tar Hollow State Forest is Ohio’s third-largest forest. It consists of 16,446 acres. The Tar Hollow State Park borders the State Forest. The campground has recreational activities for everyone including, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, birdwatching and horseback riding. It got its name from the tar that was collected from the pitch pine trees located throughout the area. The tar was an important commodity that was used in the manufacturing of balms and lubricants.



The Tar Hollow region was purchased in the 1930s for conservation purposes. During the Great Depression, the group camp and 15-acre pond were developed thanks to the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the National Youth Administration (NYA). In 1939, management of the land was transferred to the Ohio Division of Forestry. In 1949, the Division of Parks and Watercraft received land from several state agencies and Tar Hollow State Park was developed.


The Ohio Campground

  • 65 electric sites

  • 71 non-electric sites

  • 3 Group Sites

  • 12 Tent Only Sites

  • 3 Large Cabins

  • 2 Small Cabins (1 ADA)

  • 5 Backpack Sites

  • Water (seasonal)

  • Picnic Tables

  • Fire Rings

  • Vault Latrines & Flush Toilets

  • Showers

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Dumpsters

  • Dump station

  • Seasonal General Store

  • Playground

  • Mini Golf

  • Bike Rentals

  • Nature Display

  • Game Room

  • Basket Ball Hoop

  • Amphitheater

  • Plenty of shade when trees have all their leaves.

  • NO Cell Phone Service

  • Ohio campground open year round.

  • Reservations may be made up to six months in advance online at ohiostateparks.gov or by calling (866) 644-6727.



***Due to many Covid shutdowns, some of the amenities may not be available. Call the office at (740) 887-4818 for additional information.***

Click HERE to Find the Tar Hollow State Park Campground Map


RV/Camper/Tent Campsites

Campsites can be reserved on the ODNR website or by calling 866-644-6727. There are both electric and non-electric sites.

  • Fire rings

  • Picnic tables

  • Pit latrines and Flush toilets

  • Showers

  • Laundry facilities

  • Dump station

  • Pets are permitted


Sherman Cabins

There are 2 small cabins that are referred to as the Sherman Cabins. They can accommodate up to 4 people. 1 cabin is ADA compliant.


  • Bunk beds

  • Air conditioning

  • Microwave

  • Refrigerator

  • Grill

  • Fire ring

  • Picnic table

  • No linens, dishware or supplies provided

  • No pets allowed

  • No smoking

  • No housekeeping



Cedar Cabins

There are 3 large cabins that are referred to as the Cedar Cabins. They can accommodate 8 to 12 people.

  • Bunk beds

  • Air conditioning

  • Microwave

  • Refrigerator

  • Grill

  • Fire ring

  • Picnic table

  • No linens, dishware or supplies provided

  • No pets allowed

  • No smoking

  • No housekeeping


Primitive Camping

The primitive campground sites are located along the Logan Backpack Trail near the fire tower. They are first-come, first-serve. Campers must register and pay at the General Store or Tar Hollow State Park Office.




  • Pit latrines

  • Very small parking lot at the fire tower

  • Hike-in only

  • Picnic tables

  • Fire pits


Horseman’s Campground (Tar Hollow State Forest not the Tar Hollow State Campground)

If you are looking for a campground that you can take your horse, the Horseman’s Campground is located at the State Forest. It is very close to the State Campground. However, it is not part of the State Campground.


The Horseman’s Campground has 45-site primitive campground sites. The sites are only available for horse riders. All must register. Reserving sites is prohibited. The Bridle Trail Head is located at 2173 Park Road 8, Londonderry, OH 45647.

  • Pit Latrines

  • Water for horses

  • Horse tie

  • No electricity

  • No drinking water

  • Pets are permitted

You can find the pamphlet for Tar Hollow State Forest Bridle Trail HERE.


Hiking


Hiking Trail Map at Tar Hollow State Park Laurelville Ohio

The trails at Tar Hollow State Park are all natural and rugged.


Boating

  • Electric motors only

  • Boat ramp located near beach

  • Paddleboats, rowboats and canoes are available to rent (call first to make sure they are open)


Fishing


Pine Lake at Tar Hollow State Park Campground Laurelville Ohio

  • 15-acre lake (Pine Lake)

  • A valid Ohio fishing license is required


Birding

According to eBird, there have been 114 species observed at Tar Hollow State Park Campground. And 133 species at Tar Hollow State Forest. They are birding hotspots.



During our early April visit we spotted:



Our Experience at Tar Hollow State Park Campground

We enjoyed our visit to the Tar Hollow State Park Campground, other than having no cell service, TV or internet. We planned on working remotely, and to do so, we had to drive to Adelphi. If you are looking for a campground where you can completely disconnect, this one is great.


For the most part, the Ohio campground was quiet and serene. It rained our first night there. The next morning the small creek that ran behind our trailer was flowing nicely. It was relaxing sitting outside listening to the water flow and the birds sing.


Creek at Trailer RV Park at Tar Hollow State Park Campground


There were quite a few campsites booked, and it was still chilly outside. This campground fills up quickly during the summer months.


The campground is broken up into different sections. This helps make it quieter since you do not have to listen to every single car that drives through the campground.


Fire Tower at Tar Hollow State Park Campground

Additional Notes:

  • The trailer pads are both blacktop and natural.

  • The sites are fairly level.

  • The roads that wind through the campground are a decent width. However, it would be hard for two trailers to pass by each other.

  • Roads are blacktop.

  • Many parks we go to have visitors who let their dogs off their leashes. We only saw one person letting their dog run around freely. And we got to meet a lot of dogs.

  • The campground was well-kept. There was very little trash lying around.

  • Each campsite had a picnic table and fire ring.

  • We walked the Ross Hollow Trail and there wasn’t any seating along the path.

  • There are several shelter houses located throughout the park.

  • Plenty of shade when trees have all their leaves.

  • You cannot climb the fire tower. The bottom steps have been removed.



Tar Hollow State Park / Campground in Laurelville Ohio

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What You Can Expect at Tar Hollow State Park Campground

Please note that Ohio Campground trail rules and regulations can change at any time. The following information was in effect for Tar Hollow State Park Campground as of April 2021.


Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Vault Latrines and flush toilets.



Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Bicycles are prohibited on some of the trails and on in the campground.



Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Is a birding hotspot per eBird.


Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Several foot bridges on paths.



Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Concealed carry is permitted.


Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Dogs are allowed in campground and on trails. They are not permitted in the cabins.



Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Trail surfaces are natural. The trails are steep in places. The trails are easy to mildly difficult.


Shallenberger State Nature Preserve Fairfield County Lancaster Ohio

Campground roads are blacktop. Pads are both blacktop and natural.



Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Each lot has a picnic table and fire ring.


Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Small playground is located near the General Store.



Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

There were not any benches located on the trails.

Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

A lot of shade.


Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Several shelter houses.



Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

Trails are well marked with paint on the trees. In a few areas, trees have fallen and it can be hard to locate the trail.



Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

There are a few dumpsters located throughout the campground.

Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

15 acre lake.



Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Logan Ohio

There are not ADA parking spots. There is one cabin that is ADA complaint.





Locate Tar Hollow State Park HERE




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