Take A Thrilling Road Trip To The 9 Most Abandoned Places In Ohio
Exploring the creepy and long-forgotten abandoned places in Ohio can be fun — if you like that sort of thing, anyway. From deserted amusement parks to old factories being reclaimed by nature, Ohio certainly has an interesting mix of abandoned places. The following road trip takes you to nine of those places, with a total drive time of just under 9.5 hours.
(Please note: Trespassing may be prohibited in some of these areas, so proceed at your own risk. Remember to observe from afar and always use caution to ensure you don’t stroll onto private property.)
Grab a friend or two, start at the abandoned destination nearest you and work your way to the others. Check out the Google Map of the trip (complete with exact locations and addresses of the destinations) in a separate tab or window.
What do you think? Are you up for this road trip to abandoned places in Ohio?
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January 12, 2020
What is the most famous abandoned place in Ohio?
Welcome to The Buckeye State, arguably one of the most haunted and spooky places in the nation. Sure, we don’t have famous cemeteries like those in New Orleans or Savannah, but we have plenty of interesting and disturbing history – like the Cleveland Torso Murderer and the infamous Kirtland Cult Killings. One infamously haunted place is abandoned, for the most part. Tours and events still take place at the Mansfield Reformatory, which hasn’t housed prisoners since it closed in 1990. While the Mansfield Reformatory is one of our most famous abandoned sites, we also have one ghost town: Mineral, Ohio.
What is the most haunted place in Ohio?
When it comes to the creepiest places in Ohio, the aforementioned Mansfield Reformatory is a favorite of paranormal aficionados. It’s only natural, many would argue, that paranormal happenings are more likely to occur in a place where emotions run high. However, this destination is just one of many purportedly haunted places in Ohio. Road trip to places like The Buxton Inn, Spitzer House Bed and Breakfast, and other spooky places for an opportunity to come face-to-face with a phantom. Ohio is overflowing with local lore, so don’t be afraid to ask around about legends in your own community.
Can I go ghost hunting in Ohio?
Of course you can! There are many incredible institutions and local landmarks that actually offer ghost hunting tours. One of the best ghost hunting tours is offered at the Mansfield Reformatory. However, you may find that some of the most unexpectedly ominous places are hiding in plain sight. Our state is overflowing with haunted history, so there are places worthy of visiting from Cleveland to Cincinnati.
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April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.