Lake Hope State Park

4.19 out of 5
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↑ 4,200 ft
↓ 3,400 ft
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Quite possibly the best singletrack in OH. Well maintained trails and very flowy. Low on the technical side, but the flow and speed you can carry, coupled with the relative distance of the loops (25 miles or so of pure singletrack) make it darn near impossible to beat in OH. Have fun!
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (25)


September 11, 2017
Review: The trails here are great. Old school singletrack with nice flow. I recommend getting the nicer map from Little Fish Brewery. It's more accurate than the maps on the trail.

Granny Gear

August 21, 2017
bsmith7853 Granny Gear  
Review: Very fun trail. Several comments from the past refer to downed trees. I ran into only one. I also thought the trail markings were very clear at major intersections. No blazes, but clear signage at the junctions. Mostly fast, flowy single-track, with occasional rocky, rooty sections. Really enjoyed the campground. My wife and I had a whole loop to ourselves. Clean showers. Road Copperhead, Wildcat, Bobcat, Yosemite, all in good shape.

Similar Trail: An easier version of Mohican with more options


May 15, 2017
jdmbird83 Gnarly  
Review: This is my go to trail when I'm willing to drive over an hour to go for a ride. Which, in the summer months is nearly every weekend. Great flowy trails, some technical features. And lots of mileage, with multiple choices to change up your ride each time.

Granny Gear

October 9, 2016
Review: Rode this today for the first time today, did not get too ride the full thing due too time, but trails were in decent shape, up keep seemed good, spoke with a worker on the way in and he stated they had been clearing the trails. My only conplaint is the lack of marking on the trails, once you leave the lot you wont see a sign or mark, even where the trails connect which makes it tricky if you dont know where you are going


August 3, 2016
Review: Was in the area for a family get together and was able to get in here for a few miles. I parked at the old furnace and rode in from there. Biggest complaint which has been noted a few times here are downed trees. Many too large to ride over or completely blocking the trail. If I was from the area I probably wouldn't go back but if your visiting it a decent trail. Probably had better loops but was on a time crunch.

Granny Gear

October 2, 2015
raheem78 Granny Gear  
Review: The trail got the potential, but, some areas in it are ( trashed), sticks everywhere, fallen trees like you won't believe, it's categorized as "loop" , where it's actually a " network " , and for people who consider it to be compared to Mohican, or Great Seal, I say " please, think again"! I ride 33 different trails between 4 states ( Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky) and I'd never drive 3 hours to ride Lake Hope again!! Shame on the club that takes care of it to neglect a great trail like that with a fantastic scenery and potential, have all this debris, sticks, and fallen trees, no Facebook page to acknowledge people like Mohican or Brown County does!! I'm giving it the fair ranking it deserves, not to mention that it's really easy to get lost on the trail, and it's not easy to get back to your car unless you choose to ride backwards what you just did.

Similar Trail: nothing that I can think of!


Granny Gear

March 1, 2017
mongwolf Granny Gear  
Review: I hope to ride here in the future, maybe this fall. In reading the reviews I find the disparity of comments interesting. Even though I haven't been to Lake Hope yet, I'm going to make a hypothesis of why such differences in comments exist. When LH gets a low rating it seems mainly to do with poor trail maintenance, especially for large down trees. Positive reviews speak highly of trail maintenance, beautiful forests, great flow and speed ... high fun factor. So here is my hypothesis. I'm guessing that many of the trails at LH run through old growth forest. Old growth forest in Ohio have a high density of large old trees, and the forests regenerate themselves by windfall of these old trees. In forest ecology we call this gap phase regeneration. An old large trees falls in the forest, leaving a large gap in the forest canopy for sun light to reach the forest floor. In this opening an abundance of new seedlings are established. In the forests at LH there would be potential for an abundance of old trees fallen across the trails. This would require some pretty intense maintenance. It sounds like the trail caretakers can't get out frequently enough to cut up all these large fallen trees. It also sounds like when the caretakers do get out and clean up the trees that they do a good job. Thus it seems that at LH it's either feast or famine. Looking forward to riding at LH soon to see for myself.

Granny Gear

May 27, 2015
kwille Granny Gear  
Review: Nice flowing trails, limited technical. My favorite location in Ohio. Camping & cabins available. Great restaurant in the park.

Similar Trail: Browns, Indiana


May 12, 2015
Brad Urwin Trailblazer  
Review: Lake hope is a fantastic XC ride. Miles of well marked and maintained single track. Fun, flowing and fast with a little bit of technical twists and bumps to keep it all mixed up. Plus camping and a lake. Its easy to spend a weekend there.


December 18, 2014
rsb201 Gnarly  
Review: Great trail system. Tons of flow and well maintained. Easy to navigate with great signage. There is a bit of tech sections but mostly moderate flow. If your near SE Ohio. Check it out for sure

Similar Trail: Sells park


August 24, 2014
khapkaos Gramcounter  
Review: Trails are trashed - at least the 6 miles I rode before I gave up in an unmarked swamp. I've ridden on almost every type of trail in 20 years in the saddle. When built these trails must have been great - maintenance is very poor since then. It was a matter of ride 1/2 mile - climb over/thru a downed tree - and repeat.

Similar Trail: I've ridden on decks better

Lake Hope State Park MTB Trail 4.19 out of 5 based on 25 ratings. 25 user reviews.
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