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Lake Hope State Park

Lake Hope State Park is located in Vinton Co., 20 mi. west of Athens. The nature center and nature programs celebrate the area's colorful past & interesting natural history. Try hand-feeding hummingbirds. 

Hike 17 mi. of nature trails, or the 26 mi. backpack trail in Zaleski State Forest. A 14 mi. mountain bike trail challenges experienced bikers. Horseback ride 6 mi. of bridle trails in the park or 33 mi. of trails in the state forest. Picnic areas have tables & grills, w/reservable shelters.

120-acre Lake Hope offers a sand beach and boating is limited to boats w/electric motors only. Boat rental is available. Enjoy fishing from shore. Hunting is permitted in adjacent state forest.

Vacation Cottages available year-round have 2 or 3 bedrooms, kitchens, bathroom w/shower, living room, porch, heat & A/C. Some cottages have woodburning fireplaces. Several cottages are pet friendly. 

The campground offers 46 campsites with electric hookups, and 141 non-electric sites. Campground amenities include hot showers, laundry facilities and vault latrines. Try hassle-free camping in a Rent-A-Camp or Camper Cabin.  
The Laurel Lodge offers 8 bedrooms with dorm style sleeping accommodations for as many as 22 guests, along with a large kitchen, bathrooms with showers, and a meeting/living area furnished with a large screen TV and woodburning fireplace.
Camping rates (weekends) range from $19/night to $23/night for non-electric/electric sites. Camper cabins are $35/night, and Rent-a-Camps are $30/night. Cottages range from $75 to $95/night. Laurel Lodge is $350/night. Call 1-866-644-6727 for reservations.

Lake Hope State Park
27331 State Route 278

McArthur, Ohio 45651

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (740) 596-5253
Fax: (740) 596-4860
Reservations: (866) 644-6727


Sunday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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  • Mountain Bike Ohio
    by Partner Author

    Ohio has over 29 designated mountain bike areas with over 300 miles of trails.  These are my 4 favorites.
    Starting in the southeast section of the state is Lake Hope State Park.  One of Ohio’s best, Lake Hope offers 4 different trails with varying degrees of difficulty.  25 miles of total trail available.
    Stop #2 is at Dillon State Park. This trail is hard packed and fast, no killer climbs here.  The Downhill’s range from straight and very fast to steep and technically challenging. This trail demands your attention. 12-miles
    Stop #3 is at Alum Creek Phase 1.  Alum has enough technical stuff for the experienced rider yet is easy enough for the first timer. There are no real hills to speak of and there is always something new with the continued trail work. 6-miles
    Stop #4 at Mohican State Park provides the state’s longest continuous mountain bike trail.  Situated in north central part of the state the Mohican State Park trail is 25 miles of mountain biking goodness.  Everything the experienced cyclist needs; long climbs, fast downhill’s and enough technical sections to make your arms hurt as much as your legs.
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