Hope Furnace Trail

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Hope Furnace Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near New Plymouth, Ohio that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles
295 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers

Directions from Zaleski, OH: Travel north on State Route 278 about 5 miles to reach the park. Park office provides trail maps.

3 days ago

Really a fun trail. Out and back. We were lucky that the pink lotus blossoms were in bloom and carpeted the lake. It was so beautiful.

11 months ago

This trail is well maintained and follows a part of the lake. The views are not that spectacular but it's an easy trail and pretty in autumn. I see lots of kids and families on this hike. Good for birding.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Great trail!! Had an awesome time with the family. Well marked.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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.

11 months ago

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sunday, November 08, 2015