6 of the Best Reasons You’ll Love Lake Hope State Park

It’s no secret that Hocking Hills boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the nation! Of all the places to explore in southeastern Ohio, one of our favorites is Lake Hope State Park. Located approximately 30 minutes from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, this stunning state park is an ideal place to immerse in the local scenery and enjoy the great outdoors. If you love more private and quiet hiking trails, this is the place for you! 

Find more local parks like Lake Hope State Park when you request your free copy of our Hocking Hills Vacation Guide! You’ll also find lists of the best local activities and attractions to experience during your visit.

About Lake Hope State Park

Located within Zaleski State Forest, Lake Hope State Park is a natural paradise in the valley of Big Sandy Run. The 2,983-acre park is a heavily forested region with an abundance of steep gorges, narrow ridges, and remnants of the mining industries. Its breathtaking scenery makes it a popular destination for nature lovers, photographers, and hikers. Foodies will be able to indulge in delicious food made from scratch at the Lake Hope Lodge restaurant. With so many things to see and do, visiting the park a must for any Ohio vacation!

6 of the Most Fun Things to Do at Lake Hope State Park

  1. Boating

The 120-acre lake provides plenty of opportunities to have fun in the sun. Motor boats are allowed access into Lake Hope by the launch ramp. Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, rowboats, and paddleboards may all be rented at the park.

  1. Swimming

A 600-foot swimming beach is located near the Lake Hope dam. In addition to a warm, sandy shoreline, you will find a shower house with a deck, restrooms, and concessions.

  1.  Lake Hope Fishing

The waters of Lake Hope are teeming with a variety of freshwater fish including bluegill, catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass. Cast your line and reel in your next big catch! Be sure you are familiar with the Lake Hope fishing regulations and possess an Ohio fishing license.

  1. Picnicking

There is nothing quite like enjoying a delicious meal surrounded by the beauty of nature. There are 9 picnic areas scattered throughout the park, many of which provide grills and scenic areas. For larger groups, the shelter house may be rented. Don’t forget to order a brown bag lunch from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls to take with you! 

  1. Hiking

Lake Hope State Park is home to 7 hiking trails, including a 29-mile backpack trail! The trails are considered to be at a moderate level and are perfect for those eager to explore the historic land.

  • Habron Hollow Trail (1.5 miles)
  • White Oak Trail (¼ mile)
  • Buzzard Cave Trail  (½ mile)
  • Greenbriar Trail  (½ mile)
  • Peninsula Trail  (3 miles)
  • Olds Hollow Trail  (1.5 Miles)
  • Hope Furnace Trail (3.2 miles)
  1. Biking

Eight biking trails weave their way throughout the park. The steep hills create challenging courses for even the most avid bikers. In fact, Lake Hope’s 23-mile singletrack trail was rated the top bike trail in Ohio by Mountain Bike Magazine! Here are more trails to blaze in Lake Hope State Park.

  • Copperhead Trail (7.2 miles)
  • Little Sandy Trail  (4.5 Miles)
  • Wildcat Trail  (3.5 Miles)
  • Sidewinder Trail (2.5 Miles)
  • Yosemite Falls Trail (3.5 Miles)
  • Yosemite Trail (1.5 Miles)
  • Bobcat Trail (2 Miles)
  • Red Oak Trail (1/2 Mile)

Stay With Us at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Lake Hope State ParkBefore you plan your trip to Lake Hope State Park, be sure to book your stay with us! Our bed and breakfast is surrounded by Hocking Hills State Park and is just minutes from all of the destinations listed above. Our guest rooms, cottages, and cabins will keep you comfortable throughout your stay, and our onsite restaurant, Kindred Spirits, serves lunch, dinner, and a full complimentary breakfast for overnight guests. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day in the wilderness! We look forward to having you.