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 the many creepy ghost towns in Ohio. (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. If an area looks like it is private property, be mindful and please do not trespass.)
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
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 here.
What do you think? Are you up for this road trip to creepy ghost towns in Ohio? Tell us your thoughts and your past ghost town experiences in the comments!
Address: Hope-Moonville Rd, McArthur, OH 45651, USA
Address: Utopia, OH 45121, USA
Address: 2000 US-40, Vandalia, OH 45377, USA
Address: 10630 Co Rd 40, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
Address: Peninsula, OH 44264, USA
The OIYS Visitor Center
Creepy Ghost Towns In Ohio
June 28, 2020
Can I visit any abandoned places in Ohio?
Ohio is a vast state, with nearly 45,000 square miles of landscape awaiting exploration. It’s also an old state, the seventeenth to be admitted to the Union… and, of course, boasting a history of indigenous tribes that spans centuries. Combine that vast history with such a significant landscape and you are sure to find an abandoned place or two. You can visit some abandoned places in Ohio to this very day, including the Mansfield Reformatory and Squire’s Castle. The latter, you’ll find, is more beautiful than spooky.
Are there any urban legends in Ohio?
One can’t explore haunted places in Ohio without wondering about local legends. Visitors and locals alike can’t help but encounter urban legends in Ohio, as this state is full of them! The Circleville Letter Writer is an infamous tale that lovers of true crime speculate about to this very day, and Gore Orphanage is a story nobody in Northern Ohio can grow up without hearing. There is, however, a bit of history behind most urban legends. In the legend of the Melon Heads, children with inflated skulls, more creature than human, tormented the local community. History can’t ignore, however, that there was a local boy with an enlarged skull that had a passion for sneaking up and scaring people.
Are there any haunted restaurants or bars in Ohio?
As you’re exploring the wonderful world of weird Ohio, you can’t help but indulge in a few of our haunts. There are many haunted restaurants in Ohio, but none are quite as unsuspecting as The Golden Lamb. Also operating as an inn, this haunted destination is luxurious and warm. No wonder spirits like Sarah Stubbs have chosen to hang around!
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.
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