With the fall season in full swing, countless October events coming up and Halloween on your mind, you might be wondering what kind of local haunted places there are to explore. Ohio is actually one of the most haunted states in America, full of restless spirits and wandering
ghosts. From haunted hotels to creepy cemeteries, the following road trip takes you to some of the most haunted places in Ohio.
The total trip takes about 11 hours of drive time. We’ve included a link to the Google Map
Plan now for a long-weekend road trip of four days and three (or even four) nights to explore some of Ohio’s most haunted destinations—if you dare. Start at the location nearest you. (Just don’t go alone!)
1. The campus of Ohio University and The Ridges (Athens)
We recommend starting your journey at Ohio University in Athens, if you can. It is arguably one of America's most haunted college campuses, (probably because it's located in one of Ohio's most haunted cities.) Several residence hall rooms and other buildings on campus are said to be haunted. Wilson Hall, Washington Hall and Jefferson Hall are some of the most haunted buildings on campus.
What was once the Athens Lunatic Asylum is now owned by (and a neighbor to) Ohio University, but parts of the facility still hold shadows, stains and spirits of former mental patients who often suffered from violent treatments such as lobotomies. The grounds of the former asylum are still home to a few unusual—and extremely eerie—cemeteries. Patients of the former insane asylum were buried on the facility's grounds, and their restless spirits are left to wander to property. Most of the graves are without names, and merely display the number of the former mental patient buried beneath.
2. Moonville Tunnel (McArthur)
The abandoned coal mining town of Moonville in southeastern Ohio (Vinton County) was founded in 1856, when the Marietta and Cincinnati railroad ran through the area's woods. One structure of the town that remains today is the Moonville Tunnel; a haunted tunnel where legend has it the ghost of a man who was killed instantly by a train passing through the tunnel wanders along the track bed near the old tunnel at night.
3. The Buxton Inn (Granville)
After a day of exploring southeast Ohio's hauntings, drive to Granville and rest up for the night at one of the state's most historic (and haunted) inns. Founded in 1812, this historic hotel is reportedly haunted by former innkeepers—and rooms 7 and 9 are popular with guests seeking paranormal happenings.
4. The Ohio State Reformatory (Mansfield)
Begin day two of your journey with one of the state's most popular haunted attractions. Formerly known as the Mansfield Reformatory, this historic prison is home to the state's most violent ghosts. Spirits of rioting inmates who often fought each other to the death in overcrowded isolation cells haunt the halls and cells of this former prison. Visitors can explore the reformatory via formal tours, ghost hunts and Paranormal Penitentiary: Monster Lockdown, this October.
5. Spitzer House Bed and Breakfast (Medina)
After a long of day exploring prison hauntings, rest up for the night at a charming (yet haunted) inn. At 504 West Liberty Street in Medina, a former servant girl of this 19th-century Victorian home is rumored to haunt the halls of this beautiful bed and breakfast. Guests and employees have even reported hearing her play the piano.
6. Franklin Castle (Cleveland)
Head up to Cleveland to observe Ohio's most haunted house from the outside, (which is unfortunately not open to public tours at this time.) Partly hidden behind trees at 4308 Franklin Boulevard, the recently renovated and infamous Franklin Castle (also known as the Hannes Tiedemann House) still houses a dark past. Built in the late 1880s for German immigrant Hannes Tiedemann, the historic home still stands four stories high with more than 20 rooms. The house is full of secret passageways and hidden rooms, and has seen its fair share of death and tragedies.
7. Lake View Cemetery (Cleveland)
While you're in the area, stop by Cleveland's creepiest cemetery, which is home to more than 100,000 graves and occupies 285 acres. Many notable individuals are buried here, including John D. Rockefeller, James A. Garfield and Eliot Ness (who modernized Cleveland's police force but was unable to catch the infamous Torso Killer.) The Haserot Angel (pictured above) is another famous statue in the graveyard for its eerie representation of "The Angel of Death Victorious."
8. Lockkeepers (Cleveland)
(Are you hungry for some lunch?) Located at 8001 Rockside Road in Cleveland, this beautiful upscale eatery is said to be haunted by the ghost of Sophie Sarnacki, who was the owner of a former tavern across the street from Lockkeepers. She was murdered in Zimmerman's Tavern in the 1950s and supposedly stops by Lockkeepers frequently, today.
9. Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn (Hanoverton)
Rest up at the Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn. This historic inn was originally built in 1837 in the Federalist style by masons of the canal boom. Throughout the years, it has been frequented by a handful of U.S. presidents. Today, its rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who hanged herself from a third-story bedroom window. The Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn is located at 10150 Historic Plymouth St., Hanoverton, OH 44423.
End your haunted Ohio journey with an optional overnight stay in the state's oldest town—which is bound to host a haunting or two. Restaurants, hotels and even certain streets are haunted here. At Hotel Lafayette (pictured), guests have reported unexplained oddities for years. Missing items, suitcases turned upside-down and emptied shampoo bottles are just a few of the reported occurrences. The third floor is also supposedly haunted by a former owner of the hotel.