Hocking HillsWhere all the best roads lead . . .HIKE. STAY. PLAY. YOUR HOCKING HILLS ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE!

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.

Cedar Falls - Hocking Hills State Park in Southern Ohio.

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

Cedar Falls - The Steps - Hocking Hills State Park in Southern Ohio.

Trail follows lake through the forest.

Cedar Falls - Hocking Hills State Park in Southern Ohio Bridge.

Hope Furnace- 1800s iron furnace. Pit latrines.

The trail is not blazed (does not have blaze markers on trees). However, on the map, the trail is the red line.

Click on the QR Code for a map of the trail!


Boch Hollow - Hocking Hills Nature Preserve



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.