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Ohio is a treasure trove of fantastic state parks and an excellent place to camp in an RV. Tar Hollow State Park, just outside of Laurelville, may only be about 600 acres, but it's full of deep ravines and dense forest. The park’s name comes from its early history when settlers would use the pitch pines along the ridges for pine tar. Now, the trees are left untouched and standing majestically for visitors to admire.
Since there are so many wonderful parks within Ohio, book an RV in Hocking County and spend time traveling through the state. The bustling metropolis of Columbus is just over an hour north of Tar Hollow State Park. Chillicothe is about 30 minutes to the southwest of the park and offers many great attractions for visitors to enjoy.
Tar Hollow State Park campers have the opportunity to enjoy so many different activities throughout the park and on Pine Lake. The 500-foot beach along the lake is excellent for swimming and relaxing in the sun. Areas designated for swimming are clearly marked. There are no lifeguards on duty at Pine Lake, so swimmers should use caution and be aware of their surroundings when in the water.
Explore the trails that twist and curve through Tar Hollow State Park. Trails range in difficulty from moderate to difficult. Inexperienced hikers should bring a hiking buddy before setting out on any of the trails. Logan Backpack Trail is a popular 21-mile trail that takes hikers over difficult terrain through the park and adjoining forest. Backpack campsites are available along the trail. A portion of Ohio’s Buckeye Trail also overlaps a part of the Logan Trail and is marked for hikers. There are also about 25 miles of equestrian and biking trails for visitors to explore.
Pine Lake is a great place for boating; however, only boats and watercraft with electric motors are allowed. Canoes and rowboats are a favorite for many visitors. The park has a boat launch ramp near the beach. While RV camping at Tar Hollow State Park, be sure to bring along your canoe, kayak, or boat for some fun on the water. Visitors can also cast their lines into Pine Lake in hopes of catching bluegill or other panfish.
State park RV camping is a great way to unwind from a busy week. Tar Hollow State Park offers 70 campsites with electric hookups as well as 23 primitive campsites. The park's general store stocks snacks, souvenirs, and supplies. Laundry facilities and showers are centrally located. Pit toilets are within walking distance of most campsites.
If Tar Hollow State Park’s RV campgrounds are already booked, check out the Hocking River RV Park in Logan. This RV park has campsites that sit next to the Hocking River. Each campsite has a fire ring, a picnic table, and 30-amp electric hookups. A modern shower house is near the middle of the campgrounds. Potable water is available for campers.
Lakeview RV Park in Lancaster is a great place to camp near Tar Hollow State Park. Campsites have either 30 or 50-amp electric hookups and potable water is available on-site. A dump station is also available for campers. Lakeview RV Park offers seasonal campsites as well as daily or weekly sites.
While in the area, you should also check out Hocking Hills State Park, only about 30 minutes to the east of Tar Hollow State Park. Visitors flock to Hocking Hills State Park during all four seasons, but especially during the spring and fall to view spectacular wildflowers and vivid fall foliage. Waterfalls and cliffs make great backdrops for photos, and hikers can test their endurance through deep gorges and over rocky terrain.
Head over to Rockbridge and check out Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve. Hikers love testing their abilities along the Rim Trail and the Gorge Trail. The Rim Trail is a more strenuous trail with steep drop-offs and is not suitable for children. The Gorge Trail is a shorter hike that ends at a waterfall and is a very pleasant hike during the heat of the summer since the trail is mostly shaded.
An absolute oddity, but also an absolute must-see, the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum houses hundreds of pencil sharpeners dating back to the very first sharpener. During your Tar Hollow State Park camping trip, stop into Logan and visit this unique museum and learn about the humble pencil sharpener. It's one of those places you'll never forget once you have seen it in person.