Peninsula to Olds Hollow Trail

Zaleski, Ohio

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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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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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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Zaleski
Distance: 4.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: About 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Season: Mid-Apr through mid-Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lake Hope State Park and Zaleski State Forest
Local Maps: USGS: Zaleski
Topo Map: Peninsula to Olds Hollow Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Ohio Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

12/16/2012

Fun day hike! Went with a friend and our dogs early on a cold and wet Saturday morning. I was worried the trail was going to be loaded with people given the popularity of the area but we lucked out do to the conditions that morning. Probably saw a total of 12 people the entire day we were out, so not bad. I am not convinced that the 2.5 - 3.5 hour hiking time is accurate, at least it wasn't in our experience. If you add in time for stopping to enjoy some of the sites such as cedar falls and the caves it will add a significant amount of time to your trip. We we out for probably 6 hours hiking and checking out the scenery, including the fire tower. The trail is very unclear when connecting from cedar falls to the trail leading to Ash Cave, it took us a while to find the correct route. Overall it was a great hike, enjoyed it very much for a day hike and getting out to enjoy nature!

12/27/2010

Great Winter Hike, have been there a few times and its always a fun hike. Watch out for falling icicles in the winter.

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