Lake Hope State Park

McArthur, Ohio

27331 State Route 278
McArthur, Ohio 45651
Phone: (740) 596-5253

Sites: 187
Recent Rate: $20 10/2016

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Latitude: 39.333055264586
Longitude: -82.35096299259
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

7 Reviews

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This site along with many others are poorly designed and built. Site 175 is slopped down hill and while the pad was paved there was a sharp 45 degree drop off off of the payment. Unless you have a front of the axle door you have a 1' to 3 1/2' drop (with a rear door) from your steps. The lot is all downhill from there. There is not even a level spot for a tent. The neighbor, two lots down have 3' posts under the rear stabilizer jacks of this AirStream. To level my 5th wheel the pin was about 3' from the ground, normally when level about 4' This site needs a patio on the right side and steps down the hillside. Raising the back of the site to level with the road would be too much at this point, but a patio on this site and others would make this campgrounds a lot better. We camped at Lake Hope State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Horse rides at Uncle Bucks and a visit to the Moonville tunnel are a must.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Lots are incredibly small and not private at all. You are on top of your neighbors. No bathrooms but there is a shower house. No place to change in the shower house. We camped at Lake Hope State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Still close to Hocking Hills and all it has to offer. We stayed here because we couldn't get into Hocking Hills. Moonville Tunnel is fun to discover. Nelsonville is close by.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground, very isolated. Great for hikers. Good fishing. Very quiet and peaceful. We camped at Lake Hope State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Lake Hope State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Lake Hope State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Lake Hope State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Lake Hope State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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