Peninsula to Olds Hollow Trail

Zaleski, Ohio 45698

Peninsula to Olds Hollow Trail

Peninsula to Olds Hollow Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Peninsula to Olds Hollow Trail Reviews

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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!
Great Winter Hike, have been there a few times and its always a fun hike. Watch out for falling icicles in the winter.
Hike this several times a year. Plan your visit during the week during the summer to avoid the crowds. Summer weekends it is like being at disney land with all of the radios, cell phones and bodies. Cedar Falls to Ash cave is less busy and more fun. The winter hike is a lot of fun but busy and muddy. Be prepared to hike in a line for 5 miles. Scenery is fantastic and inspiring, Over use is ruining it. Please stick to the trails.
The Buckeye Trail maps indicate that this is a 6 mile hike. Having done this one a few times and knowing my typical pace, I would have to agree. Not the most challenging of trails, but certainly one filled with great scenery.
My boyfriend and I went there for the first time and we fell in love with it. We plan to go back in the winter
Grandma Gatewood trail was great, as always. The trail segment from Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls is beautiful, and especially appreciated on a hot day. Also try the rim trail for the same segment. It's an easy forest road that goes by Rose Lake. The segment from Cedar Falls to Ash cave is not as interesting. Drought this summer has reduced all falls to a trickle, so don't expect much from that regard.
Absolutely beautiful hike. We had two small boys with us (age 5 and 6) and they did well, especially when we reached the little waterfall and pool area ... they jumped right in. So nice.
This is a great trail, my wife and I hike this all the time in barefeet. The trail is so scenic, you forget the mileage as it goes by!

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
About 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Mid-Apr through mid-Oct
Lake Hope State Park and Zaleski State Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Zaleski
Local Maps