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Hope Furnace Trail is one of the park's most popular hikes due to wonderful viewscapes.

Of the 15 miles of trails found within Lake Hope State Park, perhaps Hope Furnace Trail is most traveled. The hike winds for 3 miles along the north and west shores of sparkling Lake Hope. Beginning in a large open picnic area, the trail passes a scenic backwater wetland. Once you make your way up a slight ascent, the trail levels out much of the route. However, several dips to low-lying creekbeds that tend to be tricky - expect wet feet during times of high rainfall. Noteworthy nature along the trail includes lovely hemlocks and signs of beaver activity.

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

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Distance: 3 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Lake Hope State Park, Ohio

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