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Lake Hope State Park

27331 State Route 278
McArthur, Ohio 45651
Phone: 740-596-3030
Overview
Lake Hope State Park is truly a nature lover's dream. In the forest-draped hills, the observant visitor can discover the abundant natural resources of this wild and scenic park.

A natural paradise, 2983-acre Lake Hope State Park lies entirely within the 26,824-acre Zaleski State Forest in the Big Sandy run. It is a rugged, heavily forested region traversed by steep gorges and narrow ridges.

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Calendar of Events
Rural Ohio Appalachia Revisited - ROAR Day
Sat Oct 28

10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Celebrate the Appalachia s - enjoy regional crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, food, and music.

ROAR Day will feature a wide variety of local crafters demonstrating their skills of Appalachian culture and heritage. Guests can expect to see pottery being turned, wool spun into soft yearn, and artistic drawings on slate.

Visitors also can enjoy the sound of local musicians as they play tunes from long ago. Vendors will set up throughout the park, including the old one-room Hope School House, shelter house in the main area, as well as at the beautiful new Lake Hope Dining Lodge.

The parks nature center will be hosting events for the younger crowd. Kids are encouraged to participate in a nature-themed costume contest, decorate pumpkins or join the fun of jumping into a pile of straw to find hidden treasures.

Cost: Free

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-5253

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film, Historical,
Full Moon Hike - Lake Hope
Sun Nov 5

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Come stroll through the moonlight on a 3-mile hike.

Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.

Meet at the Shelter House.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Yosemit Loop Hike - Lake Hope
Sat Nov 11

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come join the naturalist on a moderately strenuous 5-mile hike.

Caravan from the nature center to the trail head.

Bring water, dress in layers and please wear sturdy footwear.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Nature On Display
Sun Nov 12

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at the Lake Hope Dining Lodge.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Gobble, Gobble at Lake Hope
Sat Nov 18

2:00 - 3:00 pm

It is Turkey Time at the nature center. Learn all about the life of a turkey including how they use their creatively named body parts.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Birdseed Basics at Lake Hope
Sun Nov 19

10:00 - 11:00 am

We will help you use the right foods to keep your backyard birds healthy and happy all winter long. Learn how to attract specific species and make your own take-home bird feeder. Meet at the nature center.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Wildcat Cave Hike - Lake Hope
Wed Nov 22

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Join us for a .75-mile hike to see one of Lake Hopes hidden gems, a large recess cave. Discover the geological process at work. Meet the naturalist at Grouse Point. Wear study shoes and dress in layers.

Recreation programs and activities can be inherently dangerous. Participants accept and acknowledge that any injury or property damage that occurs during any program or activity is not the responsibility of ODNR or its naturalist educators.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Oh, Deer... at Lake Hope
Fri Nov 24

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Join us to catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer on a 2-mile walk. Learn about their natural history and ways to attract them in for a closer look. Meet at the Hope Furnace.

Recreation programs and activities can be inherently dangerous. Participants accept and acknowledge that any injury or property damage that occurs during any program or activity is not the responsibility of ODNR or its naturalist educators.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Built By Beaver
Fri Dec 1

5:00 - 6:00 pm.

Some industrious little fur-bearers have been - busy beavers - along one of our trails. check out a dam and lodge up close and maybe even hear that slap of their tail. Prepare for muddy conditions. The walk is less than .5 miles. Meet at the Beach House to caravan to the location.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Christmas at Lake Hope
Sat Dec 16

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Join Santa for cookies, hot chocolate, and even a horse-drawn wagon ride.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Website: www.stateparks.com/lake_hope_state_park_in_ohio.html
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