Lake Hope Mountain Bike Trail
If you own a mountain bike, Lake Hope State Park is a great destination to test your skills. With more than 25 miles of singletrack open to mountain bikes, there are plenty of riding options at Lake Hope. Eight biking trails cross hills and ravines, offering challenges suited to intermediate and advanced cyclists:
- Copperhead Trail (7.2 miles)
- Little Sandy Trail (4.5 miles)
- Wildcat Trail (3.5 miles)
- Sidewinder Trail (2.5 miles)
- Yosemite Falls Trail (3.5 miles)
- Yosemite Trail (1.5 miles)
- Bobcat Trail (2 miles)
- Red Oak Trail (1/2 mile)
Lake Hope loop suggestions are courtesy of Athens Bicycle Club. Additional biking loops may be found on their website.
Moonville Rail Trail
The 16-mile Moonville Rail Trail takes visitors through the beautiful woodlands of southeast Ohio, including Zaleski State Forest; the communities of Zaleski and Mineral; and the Lake Hope State Park wetland areas. The corridor holds water on both sides of the trail, creating a wetland area that is home to numerous species of flora and fauna.
Additional points of interest along this trail are two unique and historic tunnels. King’s Hollow Tunnel (also known as King Switch Tunnel) is a 120-foot structure carved through the rock and lined by a series of 12×12 wooden beams. The Moonville Tunnel is brick-lined and has a long history of train accidents, earning the tunnel a reputation for being haunted.
Because the rail trail is a work-in-progress, its rugged surface is only suitable for mountain bikes. Some bridges are still missing, requiring hikers and bicyclists to find alternative routes.
Lake Alma State Park
Although only one mile in length, Lake Alma State Park features a paved walkway/bicycle loop that begins at the park entrance and ends at the park exit. The loop takes visitors around the scenic lake and its island, under the shade of large trees. Wildlife is abundant. The park is especially beautiful in the late afternoon and fall months.