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“Favorite State Park”

Lake Hope State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in McArthur
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Beautiful Lake & many, many trails- both foot & mt. bike, though some are not maintained as they should be. Lots of wildlife (sometimes Beaver) & migratory birds as well as countless plant species. The swimming beach area is wonderful, but it can get pretty crowded on hot days. Nice sandy beach & swimming area (no mucky bottom as some have), but there are little fish who may nibble at you. They cause no harm, but may freak you out a bit. I have travelled all around Ohio & this is my Fave State Park.

7  Thank BtrflyBlueStar
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"nature center"
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"hiking trails"
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"hocking hills"
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"fire pit"
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"dining lodge"
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"looking forward to going back"
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"the cottages"
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"iron furnace"
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"view of the lake"
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"tent camping"
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"great weekend"
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

We visited the park as a group for a retreat. The cabin was spacious and the dining lodge is beautiful and the food was wonderful! Park Naturalist Pat Quackenbush is an asset to the Statepark!

2  Thank Mac_Mama80
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

My wife and I first discovered the Lake Hope State Park in 1991 when a friend recommended the restaurant in the dining lodge there. During our first visit that Autumn we saw the cabins and thought that it might be fun to rent one sometime. After a few more visits to the restaurant over the years, we finally rented a cabin in October 2002, and have done so nearly every October since then.
The cabins are definitely "rustic", so don't expect anything upscale. Some are in better condition that others, with newer furniture, appliances, etc, but still rustic. Our favorite cabins are the "iron furnace" cabins because of their tall stone fireplace and vaulted ceiling in the "great room". The disadvantage is that the furnace cabins are not near the dining lodge, but are on the ridge on the opposite side of the lake.The Forest cottages also have fireplaces, and are within walking distance of the lodge, but have no vaulted ceiling (at least in the ones we have stayed in). Three of them, cabins 22-24, also have a fireplace in the main bedroom. A nice touch! The Wildlife cottages are more modern, with no wood-burning fireplace, and have a 1970s-era appearance about them. There are wildlife cottages on both sides of the lake.

The original dining lodge burned to the ground in Feb. 2006, but was finally rebuilt in 2011/2012 and opened for business in early Autumn 2012. The chef has created a great menu that includes hickory-smoked meats, great steaks and sandwiches, salads, and some vegan dishes. I really enjoyed the full rack of hickory-smoked ribs. My mother enjoyed the vegetarian platter, my daughter the pulled-pork platter (enough to two people!), my nephew loved his steak, and my wife and father enjoyed the lake-Erie perch. There is something for everyone on the menu, and it is well worth a visit, even if you aren't staying in a cabin.
The lake has a beach that we've never visited. Hiking trails abound in the area, including a trail on the former B&O RR right-of-way that passes very nearby. Speaking of that, the supposedly haunted Moonville RR tunnel is just a 10-minute drive away on a beautiful, secluded road. If you enjoy horseback riding, then visit Uncle Bucks Stable, which is on the same road as the tunnel, but on farther out (stay to the left at every fork in the road). I have posted a separate review of Uncle Bucks here on Tripadvisor.
Overall, the Lake Hope area offers something for everyone and is well-worth a couple of days (or more) of your time!

9  Thank aaron c
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Lake Hope is in my backyardd so we go swimming there and picnic ing, camping. There is a goose problem though and the park is getting run down. The new lodge will help a lot when it opens.

2  Thank Kay B
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Nice scenery, good hiking trails, a neat iron furnace relic. Good place to enjoy a day outdoors by oneself or with family and friends.

2  Thank TjDzik
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