Located deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Lake Hope is a unique natural wonder that has enthralled visitors and fascinated local communities for generations. The pristine beauty of the lake combined with its unique ecosystem and abundant wildlife has long made it an ideal destination for visitors and nature enthusiasts. Its unique and secluded location makes it hard to access, however, threatening to limit its potential for human enjoyment and recreational activities. Recent efforts to help address this issue have resulted in the completion of a Lake Hope Scoping Study. The study, conducted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) identified two potential projects which could make the area more accessible: the construction of a road and a bridge to the island. The study outlines the engineering specifications that would need to be met in order to achieve the required access. It also provides an assessment of the area’s environment and its surrounding wildlife in order to determine the potential impacts of either project. The study estimated that the construction of a road would cost around $15 million and would involve extensive grading and rerouting of major highways. In addition to construction costs, the road would also impact local businesses and tourism opportunities. The construction of a bridge, on the other hand, was determined to cost just $4 million and would only impact the island itself, keeping local businesses and tourism opportunities intact. The scoping study successfully highlighted the challenges and opportunities that a potential project would bring, and the study itself is now being used by local and state authorities to develop the plan for the future of Lake Hope. As a result of this study, authorities are now able to make more informed decisions about the potential impact of either project to the local environment, wildlife and community, whilst also exploring the potential for economic and recreational growth in the area. Ultimately, the success of the Lake Hope scoping study has paves the way for the area to become both a unique and accessible natural wonder that can be enjoyed both by visitors and local communities.