If you’ve lived in Ohio for more than a couple years or so, by now you’ve probably heard a “cry baby bridge” story or two.
All throughout Ohio there are haunted bridges with urban legends that are downright bone-chilling. Some of these bridges have been abandoned for several years, while others are still in use and you’re able to drive through them. (If you dare to, that is.) The following nine bridges are what we consider to be some of the most haunted bridges in Ohio—and their stories aren’t for the faint of heart.
1. Station Road Bridge (Brecksville)
This historic bridge tucked away in Cuyahoga Valley National Park is often referred to as "Crazy Man's Hollow." Built in 1881, this steel bridge is located near a hillside that was supposedly once used to store ammunition, and locals said "you would be crazy to live there."
2. Jaite Railroad Bridge (Jaite)
What was once the town of Jaite is now just a lone abandoned railroad bridge. The Jaite Paper Mill, which opened in the early 1900s, closed in 1948. Many of the residents left, and today the town of Jaite also sits in the middle of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Former paper mill workers and residents of the town are thought to haunt the bridge.
3. Y-Bridge (Zanesville)
Legend has it, the Licking River Ghost haunts the area surrounding the bridge by rattling the windows of nearby homes and businesses. The ghost of Dr. Isaac Fowler also supposedly haunts the bridge ever since his horse missed the bridgeway and carried him into the river one foggy night.
4. Egypt Road "Cry Baby Bridge" (Salem)
The Egypt Road "Cry Baby Bridge" (pictured) isn't actually located on Egypt Road, but on an old, unusual road right off of Egypt Road in Salem near the Mahoning County line. This road and bridge is associated with a couple who once lost their child along this road while stopped at the bridge. Some say the child drowned beneath the bridge, while others say it just wandered off. Whatever the story, many say you can still hear the child's cries at night.
5. Everett Road Covered Bridge (Peninsula)
While this covered bridge is a charming sight to see in the daylight, it's rumored to actually be haunted by the ghost of a farmer from the 1800s who drowned in the water below the bridge while trying to cross it one night. The bridge was also allegedly built over an ancient burial mound. Whatever its backstory, this bridge certainly has a lengthy history and is the lone remaining covered bridge in Summit County.
6. Moonville Tunnel (McArthur)
Little remains of the abandoned coal mining town of Moonville except for a few foundations, a nearby cemetery and an old railroad tunnel—a tunnel supposedly haunted by ghosts of locals who died from being struck by passing trains. Piers just outside of the tunnel along Raccoon Creek also remain. The railroad once ran along a bridge over top of them—a dangerous bridge that created another accident-prone area where multiple people died over the years as well.
7. Walhalla Road Bridge (Columbus)
Within a unique geographical niche in north Columbus winds Walhalla Road, where it is said that passerby are haunted by a man who killed his wife before committing suicide beneath the road's bridge.
8. "Helltown" Crybaby Bridge (Boston Township)
The former town of Boston Mills, more commonly known as "Helltown" has a questionable backstory or two. Its bridge is supposedly haunted by a baby that was thrown over the bridge and drowned in the Cuyahoga River. Today, this bridge also sits in the middle of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
9. Schrader Road Tunnel (Chillicothe)
Part of this road, located in Chillicothe, goes through a railroad tunnel where you can supposedly hear a baby crying if you drive through the tunnel at night with your lights off and windows down. (Something I will not try, thank you very much.)
Would you cross (or visit) any of these haunted bridges? What other haunted bridges are there in Ohio? Share your stories and experiences with us and be sure to check out our previous article,
Here Are The 16 Best Places To Spot A Ghost In Ohio.