Near Lake Hope State Park, about 30 minutes from Hocking Hills State Park.
Three Loop Trails:
Zaleski South Loop Trail is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked loop - Trailhead at Hope Schoolhouse
Zaleski West Loops is 8.7 miles long - Trailhead at Hope Schoolhouse
Zaleski North Loop Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail -Trailhead at Hope Schoolhouse
The entire backpack loop (starting and returning from Hope Schoolhouse) is 28.8 miles long.
There is a large kiosk at the trailhead (39.315993, -82.351596). The trail starts in the mown grass area to the right. It follows around to Wheelabout Road (the road you entered to park at Hope Schoolhouse). You make a right and cross the bridge and then cross Moonville Rail Trail. Follow the road to the stop sign at Shea Road. Make a left on Shea Road. You will see a slump of ground on the road. Before the slump, is a tree with an orange trail marker on the right, which denotes the trail's beginning.
Arrow marking beginning of the trail near the slump and orange X on the tree.
Along the backpack trail.
View from trailhead parking and kiosk. Trail: (39.330919, -82.341049). Hike out of parking lot (not the parking lot in front of the furnace, but across the street where the kiosk stands as in the image) and take a left along State Route 278. Cross the bridge, and the trail is on the left.
There are seven major hiking areas in Hocking Hills State Park - All are one-way trail systems.
Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell 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.