Hope Furnace Trail is a 2.8 mile point-to-point trail located near New Plymouth, OH that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Zaleski, OH: Travel north on State Route 278 about 5 miles to reach the park. Park office provides trail maps.
Great trail!! Had an awesome time with the family. Well marked.
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.
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.