Lake Hope State Park
Lake Hope State Park is located in
Vinton County and features a beach, fishing lake and plenty of trails
to keep even the avid hiker busy for days.
bike trails at Lake Hope State Park also traverse
the park along with backpacking trails and unique historic features.
A park naturalist provides nature
programs year-around including hand-feeding of hummingbirds during the
summer months. Programs are offered 5 days a week during the summer
months and weekends throughout the rest of the year.
Lake Hope State
Park program schedules are posted monthly
during the summer and weekly during the off-season. Over 26,000 acres
of the rugged Zaleski State Forest surrounds the park.
The land in and around Lake Hope State
Park was once an iron furnace community. Remnants of an old
cemetery, an iron furnace and hints of a ghost town still linger along
the trails thick with trees and wildlife. Local legend states the iron
furnace is haunted by the
spirit of a watchman who fell into the fiery furnace over a hundred
years ago. He is said to be seen with an orange lantern strolling
across the top of the furnace on rainy evenings.