One of the most beloved fall traditions in Vinton County is Lake Hope’s R.O.A.R. Day. Short for Rural Ohio Appalachia Revisited, R.O.A.R. Day is all about Appalachian food, crafts, music, games, the outdoors and family fun.

This year it will be held at the park’s shelterhouse and at the Hope School on Saturday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Many local artisans are showcased as they demonstrate their talents and offer their products for sale. This is the largest one-day event held at Lake Hope and attracts about 1000 each year. Changing leaf color and cooler temperatures provide a wonderful backdrop for this event.


I personally love this event because it feels like the last hoorah for perfect fall days and outdoor fun. They usually have an array of incredibly talented people who sell a number of handmade items including carved wooden items, baskets, candles, corn husk dolls and woven items. There’s always lots of good stuff to eat and even some things to take home for later including baked goods, jams and jellies.

Flint knapping, atl=atl (primitive spear throwing), pony rides and antique tractors can also be found here.

For families with kiddies, they host some Halloween activities including pumpkin rolling, Appalachian games, pumpkin carving and trick or treat.

Later in the evening, a spooky night hike will take place at the Nature Center from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visitors can walk through at their own pace and be visited by friends of the forest.

Want more information on this event or on camping/cottage reservations? Contact them at 740-596-3030 or visit them on the web at

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