Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tar Hollow State Park holding Fall fest campout

COLUMBUS  – To celebrate the advent of Fall, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is sponsoring a Mountain Heritage Campout at Tar Hollow State Park Sept. 20-21.

Activities include several competition events in a cross-cut saw, horseshoes and black powder shooting contests. There will also be children’s games, crafts and a square dance.

For information on the campout call (740) 887-4818.

The ODNR will be featuring other opportunities to help people find the best locations to see fall color this year. For many Ohioans, autumn represents pumpkin-carving, the harvest season, bonfires and corn mazes. Spotting the first glimpse of fall color – seeing the leaves changing to strong reds, vivid yellows and bold oranges – is a favorite fall activity.

Autumn is a great time to explore the outdoors and experience everything Ohio has to offer,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “Fall provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to explore our beautiful state while enjoying the colors of the season.”

Ohio is expected to once again enjoy a beautifully colored fall season. Currently, ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick expects northern Ohio leaves to reach their peak color the second week of October, central Ohio the third week and southern Ohio the fourth week.

People interested in finding out where the most captivating leaves will be throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out, ODNR’s premier guide to Ohio’s fall color season.

This website includes:
  • Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
  • Weekly videos from Burdick that will highlight color hot spots around the state and provide information about some of Ohio’s 100-plus tree species.
Tar Hollow State Forest  is unique in the state park system. According to the ODNR, the forest was developed from the Ross-Hocking Land Utilization project of the 1930s. The purpose of the program was to locate families to more productive land, thereby enabling them to better sustain a living.

Following termination of the project, the land was leased to the Division of Forestry, and finally transferred to the State in 1958. Tar Hollow is Ohio's third largest state forest, containing 16,120 acres.

A wealth of recreational activities are available at Tar Hollow State Forest. A 46-site primitive horse camp is located at the south end of the forest on Poe Run Road. Latrines are provided at the camp, but electricity and drinking water are not available. Radiating from the horse camp are 26 miles of bridle trails. All bridle trails are south of the fire tower.

A 22-mile network of hiking trails is located in the northern half of the forest. The park’s 17 miles of paved forest roads and 14 miles of gravel forest roads provide a great opportunity for a scenic drive and allow good access to all areas of the forest.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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