December 2014 in Ohio… The cloudiest in ten years.. Well, yesterday 12/29/2014 the sun was out so what a great time to do a little wandering..
“Tar Hollow State Forest is Ohio's third largest state forest, encompassing just over 16,000 acres where Ross, Hocking and Vinton counties meet. It is the closest backpacking destination to the Columbus area. Like many other state forests, a state park lies in the middle of it. Tar Hollow State Park is not as developed as some of Ohio's other state parks, but does offer camping, picnic shelters, a 15-acre lake for fishing and swimming and a general store. Often overlooked by vacationers in favor of the nearby popular Hocking Hills, Tar Hollow State Park and Forest are a real treat for those seeking a destination small in crowds and big on nature.” READ MORE
There was one camper in the whole park when I visited..
The showers and pit toilets are in different buildings and are clean…
Water is available. I stepped on the foot pedal and check out the flowing water in the above photo.
Several camping shelters can be reserved and used for camping. My favorite spot is the Brush Ridge Fire Tower.( photo below)
“The Logan Trail, named for the famous Chief Logan of the Mingo Indian Tribe, is laid out in a distorted figure eight pattern with its north and south loops meeting at the Brush Ridge Fire Tower, plus a short side trail to a backpack camp.”
Looking back at the fire tower:::
Love the fire tower:::
and back down..
I did have a really good hold on the rails.. LOL
The “Buckeye Trail” and the North Country Trail intersect the fire tower.
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