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Lake Hope
Coordinates: 39.3206204, -82.3558331
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Lake Hope State Park Trails

About Lake Hope
There are two trails which give views of birds on Lake Hope.
+ The Hope Furnace Trail, 3.2 miles, leaves from Hope Furnace on the east side of the lake then goes north and then turns west along the north side of Lake Hope.
+ The Peninsula Trail, 3 miles, is along the south side of Lake Hope.

About Lake Hope State Park
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.

Although most of the forest was cut to fuel the iron smelting industry that once flourished here, the land has recovered and supports a magnificent, second-growth forest. Oak and hickory are the dominant trees while the woodland floor harbors a fascinating assemblage of shrubs and wildflowers. The yellow lady’s slipper, one of the rarest and most showy orchids, blooms in secluded hollows. Other spring wildflowers such as blue-eyed mary, bloodroot, and wild geranium can be found in abundance.

Deer and wild turkeys are often seen in a number of park locations. Of the many animals inhabiting the park, none is as popular as the beaver. As nature’s dam builders, the beavers are found in numbers and can be observed near the quiet inlets of the lake.
From Lake Hope State Park webpage

Restrooms at locations identified on Lake Hope State Park map.