Ohio June 22, 2016
This Haunting Road Trip Through Ohio Ghost Towns Is One You Won’t Forget
If exploring abandoned, long-forgotten places is your thing, then you’ll definitely want to discover some of Ohio’s ghost towns. (Be sure to check out our
previous articles for even more abandoned places in Ohio.) From abandoned coal mining towns to intentional ghost towns, Ohio has its fair share of eerie, empty towns that will bring out the explorer in you.
(Please note: Trespassing may be prohibited in some of these areas, so proceed at your own risk and always use caution.)
Grab a friend or two, start at the ghost town nearest you and work your way to the others. To view the Google Map of the trip (complete with exact locations and addresses of the destinations) in a separate tab or window, click
1. Boston Mills (Peninsula)
The people of the former town of Boston Mills (located in northern Summit County and now more commonly referred to as "Hell Town,") were mysteriously ordered by the U.S. government to leave the town in the early 70s. Whether Satanic activity, government conspiracy or mutated citizens led to the town's sudden evacuation, the abandoned homes, buildings and streets are said to be haunted today by the spirits of those who didn't want to leave. (Others speculate that the establishment of Cuyahoga Valley National Park was the reason why residents were ordered to leave.)
2. Ghost Town (Findlay)
(OK, so this isn't exactly the kind of ghost town you're probably thinking of.) Created by the Galitza family, this unique roadside attraction in Findlay features a replica of an 1880s-era ghost town that was first open to the public in the 1950s. Today, the ghost town has been restored after a period of abandonment and even features arts and crafts vendors and antique and flea market vendors on select dates.
3. Tadmor (Vandalia)
Within Taylorsville MetroPark near Dayton you can hike (via the Buckeye Trail) to remnants of what was once an important transportation town until the flood of 1913. The canals that were once used as part of the Miami Erie Canal in the 1800s became obsolete, and the railroad was moved to higher ground after the flood.
Along the banks of the Ohio River in Clermont County you'll find what some consider to be a ghost town, although the town is still home to some residents. RoadsideAmerica.com refers to the small unincorporated community as one of the "phalanxes" (or social communes) established in America in the mid-19th century. Drive through the dead-end street town yourself and see if it really is an authentic ghost town —or haunted, as many claim it to be.
5. Moonville (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.
6. Carpenter’s Mill (Delaware)
Very little is left of this early 1800s mill town in Delaware County. Stone bridge pillars and the skeleton of Bieber's Mill are all that remain of this long forgotten town. The ruins of the old mill, which was built in 1840, (pictured) sit along the Olentangy River in Delaware near the Ohio Wesleyan University.
What do you think? Are you up for this road trip?
To check out some other creepy sites in Ohio, be sure to also take our
Ultimate Terrifying Ohio Road Trip.