A natural paradise, 2,983-acre Lake Hope State Park lies entirely within the 26,824-acre Zaleski State Forest in the valley of Big Sandy Run It is a rugged, heavily forested region traversed by steep gorges and narrow ridges Remnants of abandoned mining and iron producing industries amid the beautiful scenery provide interest and pleasure for hikers, photographers, nature lovers and historians alike at one of Ohio's most historic and scenic state parks
We hiked this trail in December 2014, shortly after Christmas. There wasn't any snow, but it was brisk. The upside was the trail was serene and we didn't pass any other hikers! It really is a pretty trail, and it was cool to see the furnaces. We walked back along the highway to make this a loop. There's a nice cluster of trails in this park, and we checked out several others, though this was our favorite.
Scott D. on Hope Furnace Trail
Summer hiking is tough around here because of all the growth and bugs. The Lodge has fantastic food, but if you don't bring your bug spray you will make a good meal for the bugs.
I camped in the lake hope campground at a primitive site. Many of the hiking trails intersect the primitive areas which made it nice for my family and to camp and hike. The Lake Hope Lodge is within hiking distance and well worth the stop as it has some of the best pit BBQ's brisket in Ohio. Fun trails and very pretty for Ohio. The Furnace itself is cool for about 2 minutes and then you're ready to move on. Overall I've been there 3 times in the last 4 months. Cell phone reception can be poor in this area.