Overall this is a nice place to go for a quiet camping experience. We were there over a weekend and it was quiet the entire time. Lots of trails for hiking and riding. But, very tight for motorhomes. Although their website says 40' MH are allowed, the sites are narrow and barely long enough. Additionally, most of the sites are 90 degrees off the road making for a difficult time maneuvering into the spot. It was also hard finding a level spot. We enjoyed it for the quiet, the forest and the proximity to all the Hocking Hills activities, but may reconsider another visit due the tight spaces. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is unusual for Ohio SP campgrounds. It's laid out along some old roads. The distance from a given campsite to the showers, the nature center, or the playground can be quite large depending on where your specific site is located. There are a few sites with electric, but they tend to be smaller. Also the sites near the playground are quite small. There are many sites that are good for tent camping. Be prepared for sloped and hilly sites. There are some level ones too, but most are not. We had a fairly level site that was large, but it was directly under some power lines. Ironic, considering the site didn't have electric. It's not a very good campground for children biking, unless the children are older. The hills are too steep for small children to handle. There is quite a lot of excellent hiking in the state park and the Zaleski State Forest that the state park is embedded in. Mountain bikes are permitted on most trails, but be careful. Trail maintenance is not very good, so there are downed trees and other obstacles to watch out for. The nature center is excellent, offering a fair number of programs and activities, including hummingbird feeding. This is the thing here that tends to bring us back. The pit toilets were clean and well-maintained while we were there. The showers were also clean and had plenty of hot water, but are old style like what all Ohio parks had when I was a kid. A row of shower stalls with a single common changing area. Overall, not bad, but some other parks, like Old Man's Cave, are better. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The recreational resources get a "10"! However, the campground is old, built in the 60's. The electrics have been upgraded to 50amp, but that seems to be the extent of work. The pit toilets and shower house are dirty and in need of repair or replacement. This park is disappointing after visiting other Ohio parks that have state of the art facilities. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Lake Hope SP is a very rustic campground with a lot of sloping, set into mature woods and very few level pads. This is probably not a good campground for large units. We only saw one large motorhome and it was the camphost. This is great for tent camping (the non-electric areas were sparsely populated on a summer weekend) or tent trailers. Our site #77 was fairly level, backed up against the woods however, the sites were narrow so we were hemmed in quite closely with our neighbors. I recommend site #78 which was next to us but did not have any other site right nearby on their living side. It allows for a buffer from having neighbors on both sides of you. The only drawback of our cul-de-sac area is the pit toilet is right there (and water is convenient) and sometimes the odor would blow into our campsite. There are only pit toilets in this campground. The shower houses are not well maintained though we did have plenty of hot water. Only a cursory cleaning was done and the showers also do not have a changing room area with your shower (more like a gym shower area where everyone is out in the open). Mold was living in the grout of the showers also and the water seemed very hard. Fairly quiet campground though the sites again are narrow. On Sunday night, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. There is a lot of large trees around the campsites and after a storm on our second night, we heard a large tree branch fall. The next morning we saw that the branch had come just feet from smashing into a tenting group. We probably won't stay here again unless they upgraded the showers (and did better job cleaning) and added flush toilets at least at the shower houses. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.