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Lake Hope State Park, McArthur

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#20 of 61 in Nature in Ohio
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  • We camped at one of the campsites. It was beautiful where we stayed. Be prepared however for sleeping on a slant because the campgrounds are on the side of the Hocking Hills. We hiked the trails aroun...  more »
  • We vacationed here in the cottages years ago when the girls were little (before the old lodge burned down). We came back this last weekend to hike - on the trails around the lake for 9 miles for 3 of ...  more »
  • Lake Hope is a fairly small state park but it seems bigger. Most facilities are on a ridge that the lake curves around but they are not all on one road. The campground and nature center with its anima...  more »
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  • We stayed at one of the primitive camp sites with no electric, a fire pit and a picnic table. The campground has a good mix of camp sites that are close together and secluded sites. I liked being able to choose our own campsite. Firewood is $5 and by Saturday evening they had nearly run out of firewood, so get there early. We didn't make a reservation and we had no problems. I'd go back to this campground and recommend it.
  • This park is a gem. We stayed here in December of 2014 and we are going back in a couple days (August 2016) to experience it in a different season. We live in Akron and did not know what to expect, but it did not disappoint! First of all, it's really in the middle of nowhere which makes for a serene and beautiful trip. No gas station for 13 miles (in downtown McArthur). Also little to no cell phone service. The hiking trails are winding and take you near the lake and to an awesome old furnace called Hope Furnace. The trails we hiked were pretty strenuous. I am not sure if there are more handicapped friendly ones. Everything about the park is hilly and thick with trees. The lodge is beautiful and has excellent pizza. We had the white lizard. Haven't tried anything else but people rave about it. The cabin was small and old-school. No issues and its very cozy. You can burn wood in the furnace, we didn't do that but it sounds nice. Look at the different types of cabins, they vary in size and price. All of them come with all the stuff you need for cooking and eating. One thing I would recommend is bring soap to wash your hands. They don't supply that. Our two nights there were fantastic and we look forward to using the beach this time in the warm weather!
  • Feeding the hummingbirds was a great experience.
  • Best cabins in the Ohio park system because fireplaces! The cabins are very well appointed. The park itself isn't the best park in Ohio, but if you don't mind a bit of a drive Hocking Hills isn't too far. The brunch at the lodge is amazing so be sure to book your stay to coincide with a Sunday morning.
  • Very scenic! Loved hiking these hills.

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