South Loop of the Logan Trail

Chillicothe, Ohio

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Tar Hollow State Forest, deep in the Appalachian foothills, is the setting for this long circuit that dares hikers with 3,600 feet of elevation changes stretched out over 8-plus miles. But you will be well rewarded on this major hike. Start at the state forest ?re tower, then work your way west into the mountain scenery of Butcher Hollow. Cruise along the serpentine course of Piney Run before rising to high, lonely hardwood ridges. Next, drop into Clark Hollow and the Pike Run watershed. Make a long, slow ascent in a gorgeous valley, aiming for the ?re tower. Your hike ends with a bang as you rise very steeply to reach the trailhead.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Tar Hollow State Forest, deep in the Appalachian foothills, is the setting for this long circuit that dares hikers with 3,600 feet of elevation changes stretched out over 8-plus miles. But you will be well rewarded on this major hike. Start at the state forest ?re tower, then work your way west into the mountain scenery of Butcher Hollow.

Cruise along the serpentine course of Piney Run before rising to high, lonely hardwood ridges. Next, drop into Clark Hollow and the Pike Run watershed. Make a long, slow ascent in a gorgeous valley, aiming for the ?re tower. Your hike ends with a bang as you rise very steeply to reach the trailhead.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chillicothe
Distance: 8.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5-6 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tar Hollow State Forest, 2731 Stoney Creek Rd., Chillicothe, OH 45601; (740) 6632538; www.ohiodnr.com/forestry. Tar Hollow State Park, 16396 Tar Hollow Rd., Laurelville, OH 43135; (740) 887-4818. www.dnr.state.ohio.us
Local Maps: Logan Trail; USGS Hallsville, Londonderry, Ratcliffburg
Driving Directions: Directions to South Loop of the Logan Trail

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