Tar Hollow State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Tar Hollow State Park

covers 604 acres in south-central Ohio, including the 15 acres that make up Pine Lake. Pioneers dubbed the area “Tar Hollow” because of its vast pine forests that yielded tar that they used for their buildings and tools. Unfortunately, the area was not agriculturally viable for any other crops, and once pine tar was no longer a necessary ingredient of life, the land lay unused. The federal government originally purchased the park as a reclamation effort during the 1930s, and Ohio took over management in 1939 and adapted the area for park use. The nearest community is Laurelville, OH, which is 10 miles north of the park, and the closest major urban area is Columbus, OH, which is 42 miles north of Laurelville. Cincinnati, OH, is 125 miles to the west.

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Spring 29-75 F
Summer 57-84 F
Fall 32-75 F
Winter 22-47 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Tar Hollow State Park

Since Tar Hollow State Park is one of the most visited state parks in Ohio, its campground is often full. There are many other RV campgrounds in the area from which you can visit the park. Most find it comfortable to use an RV while camping in the area. If you do not own an RV, check out options on RVshare to find one to rent.

Tar Hollow State Park Campground

Tar Hollow State Park Campground offers 71 RV campsites with access to electricity. Ohio is reluctant to make high-tech renovations to the park, making for a certain level of primitive attraction. Fresh drinking water is available at centralized hand pumps. Pit latrines are separate from the showers and laundry facilities and the building that houses the office and camp store. The camping area is close to Pine Lake and its long sandy beach. A dump station is located close to the park entrance. Motorized vehicles are only allowed on the roads provided.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: 50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $20-$27 per night
  • Office hours: 6:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sun Valley Campground

Sun Valley Campground sits 29 miles west of Tar Hollow State Park, just outside of Chillicothe, OH. The park offers 18 RV campsites with electric and water hookups, 14 of which include sewer access. Campsites at this park have spacious spots that are 20 feet by 90 feet in length. They are perfectly accommodating for even the largest RVs available. Visitors find additional facilities such as restrooms with flush toilets, showers, an on-site RV repair service, a game room, a fishing pond, and a playground. You can visit this park anytime during the year.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30 or 50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $38-$42 per night
  • Office hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Forest Haven

Forest Haven is a peaceful campground located in Chillicothe, OH. It offers 60 RV campsites with electric and water hookups, and eight of the sites also have sewer hookups. Campsites can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet in length. Facilities include a game room, camp store, restrooms with flush toilets, showers, a laundry facility, and a swimming pool.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $44-$58 per night
  • Office hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 to November 1

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What to Do at
Tar Hollow State Park

Inside Tar Hollow State Park

Boating, fishing, and hunting are just a few of the activities that draw people to Tar Hollow State Park. In addition to those sporting activities, the park offers two hiking trails: the five-mile Ross Hollow Hiking Trail and the 21-mile Logan Boy Scout Trail. Both routes begin near the campground and enter the forest where several species of animal can be seen like the five-lined skink, painted turtles, wild turkeys, and rarely, bobcats. Children and adults are welcome to swim in the bluegill-rich Pine Lake. 

Outside Tar Hollow State Park

Tar Hollow State Park lies near several small to medium cities. Restaurants and shopping opportunities abound in the area and there are several places to visit that provide unique and exciting opportunities for families to learn about the area’s history. 

Restaurants

Steve's Pizza

When you are looking to refuel quickly after hiking the park, visit Steve’s Pizza. The pizza selection is impressive, with new crusts baked daily. Massive toppings add flavor and texture and fill you up in order to continue exploring. Other choices, like sandwiches, pasta, and calzones, are on the menu.

Type: Pizzeria

Location: 19186 Concord Street, Laurelville, OH 43135

Glenlaurel: A Scottish Inn and Cottages

Sometimes, you want to splurge and find a unique dining experience. You will find what you are looking for just 19 miles northwest of Laurelville at Glenlaurel. Here, you discover the herbs and spices only found in Scottish cooking. Every evening, a different entrée is featured with meats such as pork, chicken, beef, and seafood as the central focus.

Type: Scottish

Location: 14940 Mount Olive Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149

Village Inn

For a traditional American meal, visit the Village Inn. Located 13 miles east of Laurelville, OH, this restaurant offers enjoyable breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. Their slow-roasted and hand-carved turkey or their savory pot roast cannot be matched anywhere else in Ohio.

Type: American

Location: 30 North Main Street, Kingston, OH 45644

Shopping

Wittich’s Candy Shop

A visit to this area of Ohio is not complete without a stop at the Wittich’s Candy Shop. The shop is the oldest candy store in the United States, with over 180 years of continuous service. Stop by and get some of their hand-dipped chocolates or a hand-made soda with ice cream on the side.

Location: 117 West High Street, Circleville, OH 43113

Chillicothe Craft Mall

When taking a vacation, always look for local gift shops, like Chillicothe Craft Mall, that feature local artists and crafters. This store began servicing the community and its artists in 2004 and has seen a surge in popularity over the years. Perhaps that is due to the high-quality baby clothes, kid’s games, wall and floor decorations, and ornaments.

Location: 674 North High Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Ruby’s Country Cupboard

For a truly eclectic shopping experience, stop at Ruby’s Country Cupboard. This store has some of the most interesting finds you will discover while on vacation in the southern Ohio region. Stop and pick up some homemade honey, homemade fudge, candies, or Native American art pieces.

Location: 16754 State Route 374, Laurelville, OH 43135

Sightseeing

Ohio Glass Museum and Glass Blowing Studio

If you want to see an artist in action, travel 19 miles north to Lancaster, OH, to visit the Ohio Glass Museum and Glass Blowing Studio. You can purchase various glass products, but the main feature is the training courses in glass blowing that your kids will love. Along with the training is an entertaining and informative film on the evolution of the art.

Location: 124 West Main Street, Lancaster, OH 43130

Hocking County Historical Society and Museum

For information on the Hocking Hills area, visit the Hocking County Historical Society and Museum. This museum offers information on the people of the area, from the original Native Americans to the pioneers, and progresses through the Industrial Age's effects on the region. The 19th-century home where the museum is housed is filled with artifacts, implements, and the era's distinctive furniture.

Location: 64 North Culver Street, Logan, OH 43138

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

The Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is the first zip-line attraction built in Ohio. Besides the thrill of these extensive ziplines, your kids get a new perspective of the area. A visit to this nationally recognized facility is both informative and exciting for kids as well as adults.

Location: 10714 Jackson Street, Rockbridge, OH 43149

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How to Get to
Tar Hollow State Park

Visitors to the park typically come from one of two urban centers: Columbus, OH, or Cincinnati, OH. 

To approach Tar Hollow State Park from Columbus, Ohio, take United States Highway 23 South (US-23 S) through Circleville to Portsmouth. Take the exit onto United States Highway 22/Ohio Highway 56 (US-22/OH-56) to Laurelville. When you get off In Laurelville, you will be on Water Street. Continue to drive through Laurelville until you reach the turnoff for Ohio Highway 180 (OH 180). Take OH-180 until it merges onto State Route 327. Drive seven miles to Tar Hollow Road. Turn right onto the road, and travel 10 miles to the park.

To get to Tar Hollow from Cincinnati, Ohio, take United States Highway 50 East (US-50 E) to Chillicothe, OH. Pass through Chillicothe into Londonderry. Once you are in Londonderry, follow the park signs to Tar Hollow Road. Turn left onto Tar Hollow Road, and travel 10 miles to the park.

Entering Tar Hollow State Park

Tar Hollow State Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Entry fee : $0

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