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Lake Hope State Park
Lake Hope Ohio.JPG
Lake Hope
Map showing the location of Lake Hope State Park
Map showing the location of Lake Hope State Park
Location within Ohio
Location Vinton County, Ohio
Nearest town Zaleski
Coordinates 39°20′00″N 82°21′04″W / 39.3334°N 82.3512°W / 39.3334; -82.3512
LAKE HOPE STATE PARK Latitude and Longitude:

39°20′00″N 82°21′04″W / 39.3334°N 82.3512°W / 39.3334; -82.3512
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Area2,983 acres (1,207 ha)
Elevation915 [1]
Established1937 (renamed in 1949)
Website Lake Hope State Park

Lake Hope State Park is a public recreation area encompassing 2,983 acres (1,207 ha) within Zaleski State Forest, located five miles (8.0 km) northeast of Zaleski in Vinton County, Ohio. [2] The state park is centered on Lake Hope, a 120-acre (0.49 km2) lake on Big Sandy Run. [3]

History

The park and lake are named after the former mining village of Hope, Ohio. The original town of Hope still stands under the waters of Lake Hope. The town was flooded up to the side of a cliff, which is now used as the swimming area. There is still one original building standing, The old one-room Hope School still stands nearby, in the state forest, and has been renovated for use as a community meeting place. The Moonville Rail-Trail passes close by. Within the park is the old Hope Furnace, which once smelted iron ore mined out of the area's hills. [4]

Established as Lake Hope Forest Park in 1937, it earned its state park appellation with the creation of the Division of Parks and Recreation in 1949. A new park lodge opened in 2013, seven years after the destruction of the original lodge by fire in 2006. [5]

Activities and amenities

The park features trails for hiking and mountain biking plus boating, fishing and swimming on Lake Hope. The lodge serves locals and tourists with area information, a gift shop, and full service restaurant. Visitors can stay in the large campground or in a number of rentable cottages. There is also a rentable lodge that can sleep up to 22 people. [6]

References

  1. ^ a b "Lake Hope State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Lake Hope State Park". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Lake Hope". Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Lake Hope State Park: History". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Betts, Brandi (January 15, 2013). "Lake Hope Lodge dedication set for Friday". Vinton County Courier. McArthur, Oh. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Lake Hope State Park: Activities". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 16, 2017.

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