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Hocking Hills State  Park - Upper Falls

Hope Furnace Trail - Lake Hope State Park

Parking/Trailhead (39.324996, -82.355115) Folow signs to the beach/marina/shelterhouse. Pass the beach parking lot and turn into the lot at the main shelter. Gravel drive ends at a small parking area.

3.1 miles, one way. Out and back. Hikers follow a dirt path along the lake and through forest to Hope Furnace. Seasonally, watch for the bald eagles nesting in the area. About a half hour from Old Man's Cave.

Lake Hope State Park in Southern Ohio. Furnace Trail.

Hope Furnace Trail. 6.2 miles total, out and back.

Lake Hope State Park in Southern Ohio. Furnace Trail.

Trail follows lake through the forest.

Lake Hope State Park in Southern Ohio. Furnace Trail.

Hope Furnace. Pit latrines.



Lake Hope State Park Furnace Trail



Enjoying Cedar Falls near Old Man's Cave.

Trail systems within Ohio's Hocking Hills Region



Waterfall during rains.


There are seven major hiking areas in Hocking Hills State Park - All are one-way trail systems.  

Ash CaveOld Man's CaveRock House, Conkle's HollowCedar FallsCantwell Cliffs, and Whispering Cave Trail. These park areas offer a unique experience for those who walk its paths no matter what season (the park is open year-round from dawn to dusk)—located on the southern edge of Hocking County. But those are just a handful. There are many hiking trails in the Hocking Hills include those at Wayne National Forest, Clear Creek Metro Parks, Lake Hope State Park, Vinton County Park District's Moonville Tunnel, and Hocking College's Robbins Crossing (with park programs) and the Athens Hock-Hocking Adena Rail Trail bikeway.