Travelers make their way from across the country and globe to enjoy the spectacular natural beauty offered up by Hocking Hills hiking trails. Whether you’re looking to for outdoor fun or are hoping to unwind in a setting that combines the best of peace and tranquility, Hocking Hills has a long been a destination that can deliver on both. With its modern look easily captivates, guests are often thrilled to learn that within the forests and foliage lies a rich history waiting to be discovered. When you’re a person with an interest in the past, make your way to Hope Furnace Trail for a chance to encounter the Hope Iron Furnace face to face.
A Story of Time
Long before the existence of Lake Hope or Hocking Hills as visitors know it today, this area of Appalachia was land dedicated to mining iron in remote conditions. More than a century ago, residents of this area turned parts of Hope Furnace Trail into a massive iron production complex that was fueled by the forest, lakes, and streams that surrounded it. Today, all that remains of this once giant complex is a single towering structure known as the Hope Iron Furnace. It stands complete with a stone façade and iron bars as a reminder of an economic past that has long since faded away. Many visitors to Hope Iron Furnace see it as a simple of progress and transition. The Hocking Hills region has long been a resilient landscape and proves it once again with the preservation of Hope Iron Furnace.
Planning Your Trip
If you’re arriving with a vehicle, plan on parking at the north end lot of Hope Furnace Trail before lacing up and heading out for the 3-mile trek to the Hope Iron Furnace. Placards dot the trail along the way providing insightful details into the history of the area and iron mining facility that once stood on its grounds. When you reach the Hope Iron Furnace, feel free to take pictures and read the remaining information cards at your leisure. There is a large field that stands in front of the furnace and many visitors use this as a place to sit back and relax mid-hike. On your return trip, it’s helpful to note that Hope Furnace Trail links up with Habron Hollow Trail when you’re looking to extend your exciting journey.
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