The best view of the entire hike! But extremely muddy. Potentially dangerous if you’re not wearing proper hiking boots and/or are careless while hiking around this area.

Great trail to hike. Not a whole lot to look at other than a “waterfall” near the beginning of the trail. It was a relatively dry day so the waterfall was anti-climactic but still nice seeing a trickle come down. Lots of hills and slopes, but moderate only because of the distance. Almost entirely shaded with a few spots of direct sunlight. Enjoy!

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blowdown
9 days ago

Great trail for the family and dog if you make the adjustment to just do the first mile or so and turn back. Wasn’t very muddy after a couple days dry out from week of rain. Couple of minor blow downs. Not highly trafficked. Beautiful old forest canopy. At the trailhead there’s a canoe launch where the kids and dog can go for a quick swim if you’re not in the mood for the beach nearby.

Beautiful little trail by the water. Somewhat challenging inclines on portions of the trail but doable for most. It was a nice starter hike for our long weekend in Hocking Hills.

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blowdown
muddy
10 days ago

very wet trail with a lot of mud, beautiful scenery and had a nice rest at a cute bridge.

Really nice trail with great views. Generally in good shape but there were some narrow areas that were also slightly overgrown so it was a little tough to navigate in some places. There were a few places that looked to stay muddy where stepping stones or something could be utilized, but overall it is still a very nice trail.

Discovered this trail for the first time yesterday. One of loveliest trails I’ve hiked in a long time. A few trees down in places but easy to navigate over. The trailhead/parking lot was pure mud/wetland but the rest of the trail was easy to navigate.

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1 month ago

Fun trail. Pretty much a ridge line with many bikers

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2 months ago

Some muddy areas but nice undulations and views of the lake!

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icy
muddy
3 months ago

Trail is maintained. The coolest part of the trail is the huge iron furnace at the trailhead.

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muddy
3 months ago

A little muddy in the winter... but what trail around here isn't!? No bugs thankfully. This trail was great for my 5-year-old. Just long enough to wear her out. Pro-tip = if you walk clockwise, you can have your kiddo and wife wait at the furnace trailhead while you finish the hike to get the car, thus avoiding the large uphill section!

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blowdown
muddy
4 months ago

Heavy rains a few days earlier pretty much wiped evidence of the trail away in a few places. Just follow the ribbons and they'll keep you on track until the trail gets beat back in. Not a whole lot to see on this trail but having to pay attention to figure out the right to go made it more challenging and fun to me. Four decent size trees down across the trail but they're easy enough to get around or over. A few creek crossings that on this day were over tennis shoe deep.

A fun hike overall. Trying to figure out the AllTrails map not so much. The loop part of the hike is nowhere close to the AllTrails map. Easy enough to find your way just don't plan on matching up. Shortened the loop since I started too close to dark. I would rate this trail on the easy side of intermediate.

on Hope Furnace Trail

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6 months ago

Hikes this in November with my wife. Some slick spots but still nice. Just need to pay a bit More attention. Lots of birds and ran I some deer on the back side of the lake. Would like to go back.

Perfect little challenge if you are looking for a little push in your hike with many other trails that intersect to add miles to your hiking day.

on Sidewinder Trail

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blowdown
off trail
washed out
7 months ago

Great trail but a bit tricky. AllTrails map not 100% accurate. Download Lake Hope State park map. Park entrance trail head only indicates bike trail but a half mile in you find split between Sandy and Sidewinder. At bottom of hill sign indicates left or right. Left takes you 0.4 mile to end at 278. Go right. About a mile further trail is lost to a swamp likely the result of a busy beaver who damned the creek. Lots of felled trees with beaver evidence. Thanks to someone, follow the ribbons along adjacent hillside for a work around. Trail ends at Sidewinder which takes you back to point of beginning. Great 6.5 day hike in the woods.

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7 months ago

Been hiking this for years! Easy and beautiful trail!

Good trail with surprisingly rolling hills and ups

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bugs
over grown
9 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail, but my friend had trouble in her shorts with so much overgrown vegetation. To each’s own :)

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10 months ago

Trail was overgrown in spots and it was buggy.

Decent trail but not much in the way of scenery. It was a hot 90 degree day and I didn't see another soul on the trail. Not much mud despite all the recent rain and rain earlier in the day. There are small streams throughout which my allowed my pup to drink all he wanted and to cool off a little. The Yosemite Falls trail both had no falls (that I could see) and is completely incorrect on this map. If you go around counterclockwise as I did, there is a point where several trails converge at the top. I took the one with the sign that said "Yosemite Falls" and from that point the GPS never lined up with the map in AllTrails. It's probably a good 1.5 miles longer than indicated here and this portion has several downed trees that I had to go over, under or around. It also looks here like this part connects off the Yosemite trail but I didn't see anything like another trail connecting to the Falls trail. The trails have signs with arrows but not maps, which I found a little confusing when paired with the AllTrails map which has different names for parts. This led me to go the wrong direction for a few minutes before realizing my error. In all this "5.6 mile" trail was 8.4 miles according to my phone. Not a big deal but it was unexpected.

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