A beacon for historians and outdoorsmen/women, Hope Lake State Park Campground is ironed with history and landscaped with three-thousand-acres of pristine forest, all nestled within the comfy confines of Zaleski State Forest. Aside from the iron produced here that armed the Union Army during the Civil War, the campgrounds are all within a skipping rock of the one-hundred-and-twenty-acre like-named lake―just make sure you're not toting around a combustion engine. The only motors allowed on the lake are ones powered by electricity, not petroleum.
Lodging provided
25 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Lake Hope Campground.

Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Sheryl
Sheryl C.
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June 26th, 2020

We spent a quiet, restful night at a Lake Hope, a few weeks after campgrounds reopened in Ohio following COVID closures. The area is great for road cycling although hills are steep compared to much of Ohio. As others noted, a lot of slope but we have a small tent and enough of the site was flat. There are pit toilets and a couple of flush toilets available. Showers were clean with good water pressure. The beach area is just so so which is a shame because it was a lot nicer, I think, when I visited as a kid in the 70s. Campers and staff were all friendly. The noisiest thing was a persistent Whippoorwill. I will definitely be back. If you like simple, quiet camping with some amenities but not a carnival atmosphere, this is a good choice.

Hipcamper Patrice
Patrice M.
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June 23rd, 2018

Spent two nights at site 59. Heavily wooded with picnic table and fire ring, quite large of a site, and yes...there is a slope so we moved things around, it was a small loop and no flush bathrooms at the end of loop with sites behind it (sort of weird). Showers were hot and short walk (or drive) up hill. Very hilly campground and quiet. Ice and firewood sold at park check in, Hiking in area is great and less crowded than nearby Hocking Hills. Will camp here again

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Jess W.
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February 18th, 2018

Most sites are on a slope, choose carefully for tent spots.

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Lake Hope State Park
United States
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39.337° N, 82.34° W
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Cabin & Lodging: 25 Sites
(Up to 5 people per site)