by Mary Reed (Falcon Guides)
Lake Hope is a dammed, salamander-shaped body of water that’s the central feature of this state park, which is adjacent to Zaleski State Forest. Begin a 4.2-mile day hike from the Hope Furnace, a leftover from the region’s bygone iron-smelting days. Walk along the lakeshore in a nice second-growth oak-hickory forest. Then head into the forest and walk by a recess cave and a pioneer cemetery and into a mini gorge before returning in a wetland area.
Begin and end your hike at Lake Hope State Park at the namesake Hope Furnace, built in the nineteenth century as an iron ore smelter. Ohio was once one of the nation's leading ore producers, and some of the items made from the ore in this area included munitions for the Union Army during the Civil War.
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