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Bigfoot in Ohio
If you live in Ohio you probably think Bigfoot is the last guy you’re going to see while out for a walk in the woods, but sightings of the elusive beast are on the rise in your state. Ohio is allegedly a favorite haunt of the big hairy guy. In fact, according to the BFRO Geographical Database, Ohio is right up there with notorious Bigfoot hotspots such as California, Oregon, Washington, and Florida in reported sightings.
This might be surprising to some, but as we’ll see there are some good explanations for how a large creature like Bigfoot may be lurking in Ohio. Like any wild animal, Bigfoot would require food, shelter, and safety, and he would be able to find these things in abundance in the Buckeye State.
Bigfoot is also allegedly spotted in many other eastern states such as Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. This brings up more than a few questions about how the creature remains hidden, evades capture, and has dodged the bullets of hunters for so long.
It turns out Bigfoot sightings occur all around North America. Believers say this creature is smarter, stealthier, and more resourceful than we ever imagined, and he may be hiding right in our backyards. Here’s a look at how Bigfoot may be getting by in the state of Ohio.
The Grassman Legend
For almost 150 years Ohio residents have reported a creature called the Grassman lurking about rural farms and fields. The Grassman is a monster alleged to inhabit Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, and looking back at reports it is almost certainly a Sasquatch. The first sightings occurred in 1869, where witnesses described it as a large, hairy, bipedal creature up to nine feet tall.
The beast allegedly eats wheat and other tall grasses, hence the name, but this is a food source we would expect an omnivore like Bigfoot to take advantage of if given the chance. Some researchers theorize that the Bigfoot population in more agricultural areas of Ohio may have adapted to consuming cereal crops. This too would make sense, as planted crops would provide an easy source of food for an enterprising Sasquatch.
The Grassman has been reported to share many characteristics similar to Bigfoot, but the grass-eating thing is not the only difference. For instance, the Grassman has also been spotted in groups, where most Bigfoot sightings are of a single individual. And, like the Skunk Ape in the south, the Grassman is reported to give off a strong odor.
But there are traditional Bigfoot reports from the state as well. If Bigfoot is as abundant in Ohio as many experts believe we have to assume it’s not because of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the state’s strong college football tradition. Bigfoot needs food, water, and shelter, as well as a certain amount of security from us meddling humans. Even a creature as large as a Sasquatch can find such things in Ohio, and the history of the region makes the state even more Bigfoot friendly.
How Did Bigfoot Get to Ohio?
We may think of Ohio as an Eastern state, but really it was part of the Northwest Territory established in the late 18th century. The population of Ohio in 1800 consisted of only 34,000 European citizens. (New York City alone had over 60,000, and Philadelphia over 40,000.)
Even the Native American populations in Ohio were in decline prior to this. In the 17th century, a combination of disease and war with Iroquois tribes from the east had decimated much of the indigenous population. Eventually, they would begin to recover.
So, while the eastern part of the country was flourishing, Ohio was largely populated by Native American tribes who had fled west to avoid the European invasion, and the remnants of battered tribes indigenous to the area.
Ohio was also beyond the Proclamation Line established in 1763 as a promise between the Native Americans and English to limit colonial expansion. This would hold off the population boom for a few more years.
What does all of this have to do with Bigfoot? It adds up to a longer period of time before the European population began to explode, and allowed more time for Bigfoot to adapt to the presence of a large number of people in his territory. Where big animals such as the black bear and eastern cougar were under pressure from the new colonists, Bigfoot would have enjoyed a relative period of peace in the Ohio territory.
In later decades the population of Ohio grew many times over, but even though the current census is over eleven million much of the population is clustered around major cities. There are still a whole lot of woods and farmland in Ohio where a creature like Bigfoot might live.
The Appalachian Plateau
In the eastern part of the United State, the forests extend from the Appalachian Mountains into eastern Ohio. The Appalachian Mountains and the associated Appalachian Trail are thought by some researchers to be a kind of Bigfoot superhighway, enabling Sasquatches to migrate up and down the east coast in relative obscurity.
On the western edge of the Appalachians there is the Appalachian plateau, which branches into Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and West Virginia, and up into the eastern part of Ohio. Bigfoot is sighted in all of these states.
This southeastern area of Ohio features a large amount of wooded area within the Appalachian Plateau geography. Here a great number of Bigfoot sightings have been reported through the years, so much so that the Animal Planet show Finding Bigfoot did an investigation in this region.
Salt Fork State Park, in particular, is known as a great place to spot Bigfoot. It is the largest State Park in Ohio, with over 17,000 acres of land area and abundant rivers, streams, and lakes. It seems like the perfect place for a Sasquatch to make his home.
The Appalachian Trail and the Appalachians, in general, are known for alleged Bigfoot sightings. Might this mountain range be a sort of connection between the eastern states, and a solid explanation for how a population of Sasquatch could thrive in the east?
The Finding Bigfoot Crew Investigates Salt Fork State Park
If Bigfoot eats grasses that's fine in the summer, but the climate in Ohio can be tough in the winter. Many skeptics believe there simply isn’t enough food throughout much of the year to sustain a population of large creatures such as Sasquatch.
But Bigfoot researchers disagree, and they believe the creature is perfectly capable of finding food even through the worst weather.
If Bigfoot hunts there is certainly enough game in Ohio. Since we know little about the beast’s physiology it’s hard to speculate on its caloric needs, but can assume they are significant. The state has a strong population of whitetail deer along with smaller mammals such as beavers, otters, weasels, and groundhogs.
All of this might be fair game for a hungry Sasquatch. Bigfoot may even be able to go long periods without food, and taking down a single deer may provide enough sustenance for several days.
There are plenty of water sources nearby. The state is bordered in the south by the Ohio River, and in the north by Lake Erie. Dozens of smaller rivers and tributaries run to each. This makes for great fishing and abundant food for a creature like Sasquatch.
And, there is always the possibility that Bigfoot has found other ways to bolster his food supply, such as caching food in the fall to make it through a rough winter. Of course, we have no proof of this, but it is just as sound an idea as anything else.
The Minerva Monster and Other Sightings
In 1978 a family living near Minerva, Ohio, witnessed a 7-foot, hairy monster outside their home. Minerva, incidentally, is in eastern Ohio where many Bigfoot encounters have been reported. The family notified the local sheriff, and the legend of the Minerva monster was born.
The police investigated the claims but could find proof of the creature. But sightings by the family continued, some in broad daylight. Some strange creature was stalking their property, and the police could find no evidence aside from some questionable footprints.
The family was swarmed by media for several weeks, but the sightings died off with the increased exposure. No definitive evidence of the Minerva Monster was ever found.
The Minerva Monster, or monsters, is considered by many researchers the best eyewitness accounts of Bigfoot in Ohio on record. The family and other witnesses were reliable, and the involvement of the police lends to credibility.
The fact that the creatures were observed at length in the daylight makes it hard to argue a case of mistaken identity of a known animal. In the end, there are only two possibilities: The witnesses engaged in an elaborate and extremely well-rehearsed hoax, or Bigfoot really was stalking their property.
Bigfoot Is Loose in the East!
With increasing numbers of reports from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and even the New England states, it appears there is a significant Bigfoot population in this part of the country. The Appalachians may provide a central area of security from which a relatively large population of Sasquatch could branch out into other adjacent states.
For a state like Ohio in particular, which appears to have the perfect combination of woodlands, water sources, and wildlife, it seems almost impossible to imagine Bigfoot wouldn’t be present. After all, while Ohio isn’t nearly as remote, these are the same qualities of the habitat in the Pacific Northwest.
If you live in Ohio and have spotted Bigfoot tell us your story in the comments section below. More importantly, make sure you report it on the BFRO website. The more data legitimate researchers like the BFRO can collect the closer we’ll all be to understanding if Bigfoot really exists, in Ohio or anywhere else!
Have You Seen Bigfoot in the Buckeye State?
Fallon on August 16, 2020:
Big foot is not my cup of tea hes not real he is make believe and the fact is he is fake and he does not live in ohio
slin on July 08, 2020:
This is to Jim. I also lived in Lima Ohio, in a rural area towards Van Wert. We heard them frequently at night. Do you know where the small town of Ohio city is ? Saw one in the backyard. He did not threatnen me. Noticed some of older graveyards had water. Thats where I think some might have made their home. My mother also saw him, so it wasnt just me. And something strange, this seems to happen when you see a UFO there.
Johnny l campbell on July 07, 2020:
I do believe there is plenty of big foot around my sister and her husband saw one across our property in jackson oh about 5 years ago now if i didnt know them i may not believe there story they never reported it because of non believers
Carolyn Raike on June 10, 2020:
At northern edge of wayne national forest. More than 8 of them over 1 1/2 years. For those that dont believe, i'm sorry, time will tell....
BB on March 22, 2020:
Big Foot is NOT a wild animal. NOT.
2 broke girls on December 20, 2019:
In 2018 me and my husband's cousin were driving down a road in meigs county ohio it was around October we had my 9 year old daughter with us and her 4 year old son it was almost dark the sky was light blue still id say maybe 6 or 7pm the bigfoot was crossing the road in front of us and it was to the edge on my side probably 20 feet or less from my car it was walking upright and it was like it didnt register in our heads neither of us even said a word until we got about a mile down the road shes like uhh did u see anything back their ? Im like um yeah like a damn giant gorilla she looked freaked out and said yeah like that lol and no one ever believes us the thing looked right at us and didnt run just walked swinging its arms at its sides like people do when they walk and it was getting ready to cross a creek. Been scared of woods alone now. Used to take kids hiking...not anymore.
Jeremiah on October 07, 2019:
I just had an encounter, from what I believe, in Hampton Hills park. Out here in CVNP (Cuyahoga Valley National Park) around the Kendall Ledges area they are supposed to have been spotted and heard multiple times over the years. I was hiking and it got too dark to see so i had to take out my flashlight to finish the trail. I had just come by a stream when i heard what sounded like a rock fall behind me. I didnt think nothing of it cause i figured a walnut or something had fallen out of a tree, but then i got this super erie feeling. Almost instantly after the feeling, about 20 or 30 ft to my 7 o'clock i heard something give out a gutteral growl that froze me in my steps. I slowly turned around trying to make out where it was coming from, and when i felt like my eyes had gone where the growl came from it instantly stopped...there was no trail off or huff...it was instant, and it was like no animal sound that i have ever heard in my life. It terrified me and i ran the rest of the way out of the forest. I ended up getting a migraine and was puking after the fact, but i know what i heard and whatever made that sound sounded huge...especially for the area i was in.
Steve on October 05, 2019:
I go looking for them in atwater area ,west branch and berlin dam areas.bfro.
Nathan on September 16, 2019:
I think I saw one in Atwater, Ohio 30 years ago.
Jim on August 06, 2019:
About 20 years ago my family lived in a mostly rural area of Lima, Ohio. One evening my Mom drove up into our driveway shortly after dusk. Just before she exited her car she looked up and standing between the hood of her car and the garage door was what she described as a 7-8 foot creature, very dark and covered with hair. It started at her for a moment then jumped over the hood of her car and ran through the back yard into a wheat field behind our house. This shook her up intensely. In another area of the surrounding rural farmland, I listed to a farmer recount his experiences with these creatures as they would sometimes inhabit and old barn that stood a few hundred yards away from his home. He had pictures of a door that had been splintered and thrown to the side of the building after he made a spring-loaded contraption to close the door in an attempt to capture one inside. He described the creature as being about 8 get tall, dark hair and skinny. What made his story interesting was that he also described a younger, shorter creature in-tow, which he surmised was the creature's offspring.
Lenny on July 12, 2019:
While walking to tree stand off brushy fork rd off us 22. We heard series of howls we could not identify. Very spooky in the dark.
Cathy on May 21, 2019:
My finance and I were at The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, OH today. We were at a pavilion that looked over a decently sized pond. He was sitting on one of the benches with his back turned to the pond, and i was standing in front of him observing the pond as he lit a cigar. I noticed some movement next to a pine tree, so i watched (we were the only ones there, mind you). The animal (sasuatch) came out from under the pine tree enough for me to see it, so i made my fiance look as well. He decided to walk on the path briefly, when next thing we knew we heard this loud, guttural scream/yell and movement in the woods. We ran back to the car, and we looked back as we were getting back in our car and we saw it yet again in the tree line just watching us. Then as we were pulling out of the parking lot (there is a lot across the street for the Amish community to park their buggies that has a locked gate on it after a certain time), i had seen one over in the buggie parking lot by a tree with long reddish brown hair, studying us, and it was only about 15 or 20 feet from us. I got out of there as quick as i could!
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on January 20, 2019:
@Benny - Thanks for sharing this fascinating story!
Benny Lexi on January 11, 2019:
Date: May 1971
Time: Between 5-6 PM
Location: Pomeroy, Ohio (Meigs County)
I have only shared this event with family and very close friends. A family member convinced me that it’s important to share my bigfoot experience so that more people will come forward to share their experience. Sorry, I’m still not ready to put my name out there.
At the time, I was 11 years old living in Pomeroy, Ohio. There were 4 houses and an old church on my street (which intersected Route 7). Behind 3 of the houses and the church was a very steep ridge; very difficult for someone to climb. At the top of the ridge was a huge woods that my dad and I hunted. Between the old church and the ridge, they had started clearing the area for a new church. The land hadn’t been leveled yet so there were little water holes (puddles) close to the ridge.
It was a nice sunny day in May around 5 PM so I decided to take a walk. I knew some of the water holes had hundreds of little black tadpoles the last time I visited and I was curious to see if they had gotten any bigger. When I got to one the water holes which was like 10 foot by 15 foot, I squatted down to see if I could see some tadpoles. There were tadpoles everywhere that were now growing legs. I was so focused on catching the tadpoles that I didn’t realize that something had walked to the other side of the water hole (next to the ridge) and was watching me.
When I looked up, my life would never be the same. I remember the hairy creature standing up on 2 legs with it’s arms straight down to the side. It was 6 to 7 foot tall and built like a refrigerator; very wide. It was reddish brown with dark eyes; I really don’t remember seeing a face. I knew it wasn’t a bear and it didn’t move the entire time I was looking at it.
Again, it was only 10-15 feet from me. I froze, I couldn’t move or yell at the time. Maybe I didn’t try. After some time (probably seconds that seemed like minutes), I slowly started backing up. As I was backing up, I just kept yelling “NO!” like 3-4 times. I guess I didn’t know what else to do? After 3-4 backward steps I tripped on my own 2 feet and went crashing to the ground. I didn’t feel like he wanted to hurt me; however, I wasn’t going to stick around. Once I got up from falling down, I ran like hell back to the house. I looked back once as I was running and it still hadn’t moved?
I got to my house in record time and couldn’t wait to tell my dad. After telling my dad the story, he immediately took me to the neighbors to see if he was playing a trick on me. The neighbor said that he had been in the house all day. After telling the neighbor what I saw, my dad and I then went to the water hole to investigate. There were no signs/tracks found; however, I know my dad believed me.
Some reason, I was never afraid to go back in the woods. At least, I don’t remember being afraid. I have been in those woods hundreds of times after that day and I’ve never seen any clue that the creature is still in the area.
I know bigfoot is real and I hope this encourages more people to step forward and share their experience even if they use anonymous.
Charles Morris on January 05, 2019:
About a year ago I lived in London Ohio. I am a disabled veteran. I decided to check out some old abandoned railroad tracks with my son .we followed them for about a mile and a half which led us to a huge field used for farming we decided to turn back as it was starting to get dark.We walked about half of the way back as we were talking and walking I heard what could have only been a rock hitting the track behind us.At first I thought maybe my son was playing around and I went to say something but he was silent as a mouse looking behind us . Another rock landed close to us as it pinged of the iron of the track. So at this point I'm getting a little pissed.I call out for whoever is throwing the rocks had better stop .We hear nothing so we decided to keep going to get back .it couldn't have been less than a minute or two my son looks back grabs my arm so I turned around and what we saw still gives me night mares.Standing a couple hundred yards from us was a figure which was large at first I thought it's a brown or black bear .It let out a scream that Scared the hell out of us both I pushed my son in front of me told him to run run damnit. We ran till we were both gasping for air.we finally stopped and looked back it was still stand there .then it just took two steps and was out of our view. We got to the truck got in started up the truck locking the doors and driving quickly home .We Arrived home we sat in the truck for a while .Guys I'm not a novice I was a boy scout when I was young I've spent a little time in the woods hunting and military service as well .if it was a bear I never knew a bear could throw rocks ...What freaked me out was the scream it made it was loud and it felt like a kick to the head .It took us hours to stop shaking and calm down.it was almost as if we were in shock.this whole thing has really got me scared to step in woods or parks without being armed.me and my son love to fish .He absolutely will not go . It's hard to tell this story because Really the London Ohio police blew me off asked if I had been drinking or under the influence of drugs .is this the reaction I should get??.
Chunky Monkey on January 02, 2019:
I had a close encounter about 100 yds from my house. I went out to look for morel mushrooms in a woods that had become overgrown with huge briar bushes, I took a walking stick to work my way through the briars as I came to a small clearing I heard a high pitched whistle/chirp and as I looked to the left I saw a 7-8 ft tall reddish haired creature, It was very muscular and looked like "The Rock" covered in reddish blonde light brown hair, It took 3 big steps and I had a good look at it's left side and backside as it "glided" into a large stand of hawthorn trees. The siting was around 1990 and around 10:30- 11:00, I stood there staring and trying to understand what I just saw, I looked behind me to make sure others were not behind me. I gathered my self and as I was unable to see under the stand of trees and it's shade I thought if I backed out and moved around the large briar bush I should be able to get a better look under the tree stand, As I moved around to get another look as I came into view the creature tore out it's hiding place tearing through thick briars, brush and small trees like a freight train. I know the woods well from often exploring and playing as a kid, but this was the first encounter. I had a 22 rifle back at the house but it would only be a bee sting to this thing, The curious part was where it was it had a clear view of our house and we had a large picture window and I wonder if it would watch us for entertainment, I wasn't so much afraid but gave much respect to an animal that could run through briars like that and it took me 3 years to gain enough courage to take my territory back, I also often walked the plowed fields looking for native american artifacts and I wonder if it had been watching me from the woods as it wondered what is this crazy human doing walking back and forth repeatedly in the field, The stream in the woods runs into a river that ends up in the Mohician rive, so I believe they use the rivers and streams to travel and looking at google maps on satellite you can see all the trees and woods that would easily possible, Now that I am retired I would love to return to the area and do more research, Anyone up to accompany me? I don't think it would be safe to go alone, Respect and a fair amount of fear is warranted when dealing with these beings. After all they are perfectly suited to live freely in the wild, so a perfectly evolved earthly being.
ThinkBigfootIsReal on December 22, 2018:
I think Bigfoot is real. In the Old Testament, It said the son of Adam and Eve, Cain, was cursed to never die and to roam the Earth forever. He was punished by God for killing his brother Abel. I think he also became Bigfoot, a very tall, hairy male. That is why we see him doing something or going somewhere every sighting. The prophet even reported seeing him while he was riding his horse. He reported him standing on the side of the road, and being eye level with him, even when the prophet was on his horse.
I think we should not hurt Bigfoot, even if it is very ugly, or scary, he could be Cain and we have no right to hurt him. He is probably very lonely, and even if he does mean harm, should still stay away and let him be. He does not deserve to be harmed.
Roo-man on December 02, 2018:
My brother and I had an encounter in Lorain County, OH. Saw two "patches of grass" with a cone-like top to them, peeking at us from 50 feet away from over a large, fallen tree. After staring for a long while, one of them ducked, confirming the giant pile was a living thing, and my brother took off running. I stood there and watched as the other one stood and revealed him/herself to be a large, hairy, angry looking bipedal hominid with an extraordinarily large chest cavity. I ran, and a foul odor filled the air as we broke the treelike and made for the farmers field to get home. Frightening encounter. When I enter the woods still to this day, I can hear it wood-knocking at me, but I have yet to see it again save for wood-knocking communications.
Donald L. Mercer on October 08, 2018:
My Dad and I had a close encounter down near 7Caves off USRt 50 back in 48-49 when I was under 9 y/o. Also in same general area we heard tree knocking across Rocky Fork Creek indeterminately close to our cottage where my Grandmother and I lived during the same period!
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on October 08, 2018:
@JoDo - You can certainly reach out to them. I don't have a relationship with them other than as a site visitor. It would be shame if something has happened to the website with all the great info they have there.
JoDo on October 08, 2018:
Oct.8th. I bookmarked a link to BFRO last week and every time I hit on it my antivirus software tells me it contains malware. Might alert the administrator of the site to check it out?
Andrea schneider on October 07, 2018:
First encounter : Jackson township, near 619 and strauser. Traveling east to west, apprroximently 8,ft tall black. It looked as if it was on a mission, focused on getting somewhere.
Second saltfork: Friday 2am, heading towards the pier on route one, headlight's cought a small left legg that had crossed the road and headed into forst. Sunday trail behind play ground leads to lake. Interaction with the mother and juvenile. One on either side of us, reapeating whistling. Noted complete silence at that time of interaction. Large 15inch left foot picture was taken. Smaller foot was found nearby,. No continuous prints .
Third: driving towards Bruster Ohio stopped to cross railroad tracks. Looking to the left, I see a tall redish black male crossing the tracks. This maile was more slender and walked with an s curve from the side. Very noticeable that it was very thin.
Fourth: salt fork. Sunday morning apprroximently noon. Driving up to the lodge to return key to the cabin. Driving from the lodge on the right side tree line across from the statue/ near the road that leads to the golf course. I look to my right and see a tall male looking to the ground looking for something. I did a 360 turn in road. I was shocked. It was redish brown . I get out of the car and hurridley walked to the tree line. I noticed a muddy path with deer prints, tenis shoe prints, boots. Horse prints, but couldn't notice any big foot prrints. To the right the ground slopped down. I walked down the path and did a few woops call. A response was made across the water. Comming back up the path I noticed a tree branch to the right had been broken.
Ithe prior sightings were at approximately 4 to5:30 in the eavening.
I continue to keep aware of my surroundings. The sighting in Jackson township I was a passenger.
I love listening to other people's stories of seeing the big guy. My family and friends think I'm delusional...lol, but I'm sticking to my stories.
Eating at the A1 Restaurant I had a conversation with a man who had a cabin in gurnsey county. Reluctantly he told me his backyard has a creak that goes into saltfork. He teases his grandchildren about Bigfoot. At the very end of our conversation, he addmits being awaken by wood nockes.
The legond continues.
derek on October 04, 2018:
we actually had one living in our back yard for a while. We actually gave it a name. Louie. He would come into the tall grass in our back yard right next to a line of thick pine trees. I don't know why. I do know that a friend of mine was running through the tall grass early one morning and he swore something reached out and tripped him. Swears to this day he saw a hairy reach out and grab at his leg.
Michael Ambrosecchia on September 05, 2018:
I would love to go out into the woods of ohio and search for bigfoot ive think i read everthing about him all over the world im from new york city one day i will go myself.would like to go out with the Bfro
Chris on September 05, 2018:
My grandson came in from outside one day and said he saw a big hairy man in the corner of my woods. I went out to see what it was but it was gone. My grandson was so scared we had to calm him down. He was only five at the time it was in 1999. After his encounter whenever he would come to visit he would not go outside, he would get very upset if I asked him to . So on one visit I finally got him to go outside but he said papaw you have to stay beside me I said ok, but I walked about ten from him and he went histerical papaw he is going to get me I said who is going to get you, he said that big hairy man. Then I realized he saw something that scared him really bad
Brad on August 28, 2018:
I heard them at Tar Hollow. Whole pack. Most terrified Ive ever been
Randall clark on August 28, 2018:
Heard about sightings in Adams county, perry county, and salt fork state park!
Coy Whitehead jr on August 26, 2018:
I live in Adams County Oh, found a track in my woods, heard treeknocks, and screams at night...
Michele Walburn on August 08, 2018:
No, but my cousin saw one recently so I'm going to her house to see it. I have a pic that was taken on 125 that shows one of the strangest creatures I've ever seen. It's not big foot I don't think, but I have no idea what it is. It was in the process of becoming invisible when the pic was taken.
Spence swanson on June 23, 2018:
Yesterday I was in the woods alone and all of a sudden the woods got really quiet and Erie so I just took it as nothing.about 5 min I heard 3 tree knocks bout 15 yards away from me then again then I heard a crash and limbs braking and I knew that was the ohio grassman.Ive been in the woods my hole life and I never heard that in the woods.so if there’s one thing a 14 year old boy knows how to do is hall ass about out of there . Spencer swansn
Chuck on June 14, 2018:
Never been one to believe in legends such as Sasquatch. But I had an encounter with something I can't explain. I was living in London Ohio about a year ago. Me and my sondecided to go on a nature walk through the woods west of town. We were walking close to a rather large pond. When we heard a huge splash of to our right rear. Not seeing what hit the water (assuming it was a bever)we paused a minute and then continued on our way. Trees lined the left side of the pond our side was a bit more sparce. Suddenly my son and I became aware of a fowl oder. Figured it was just a dead animal of some sort. So we kept on our way. We heard another splash and this time my son said he seen a rock come from the trees. We stood still quiet and pinned our eyes on the other side of the pond.Sure enough we seen a rock come out of the trees again. We really didn't have time to react to what we just witnessed. Where a roar came out from the trees. Scared the shit out of us both. I never seen what threw the rocks over to our side of pond. I'm a sensible man I know what animals are in the woods of Ohio. I often find myself wondering about that day a year ago. I argue with myself that there is a legit explanation.after we left those woods I called the local game warden
Owl Mama on June 03, 2018:
I saw one in the woods in Marion County, Ohio in 91 or 92, while with several friends. We'd been fishing up under an old railroad bridge. It chased us clear out of woods, this thing was growling and snapping huge limbs off of trees following after us. It didn't stop following until we were out of the woods and halfway back across the field toward the road where the truck was parked. There were at least half a dozen other people with me that night, including two guys in the national guard who were even scared silly, but not many people outside of my dad have ever believed us.
Bruce Bellman on May 22, 2018:
I seen bigfoot in 1975 baltic ohio while deer hunting on an amish farm
kelli gillespie on May 01, 2018:
I believe sasquatch is highly intelligent and they do eat people. i hope your article does not send people out into the woods of ohio looking for bigfoot because they might not like what they find, i have never seen one and have no desire to ever see one. i do think they bury their dead. what little i know comes from reading books on the subject and i am familiar with melba kechums dna study.
conley howell on March 24, 2018:
it was back in 1959----1960 just north west of Middletown where my family lived there was snow down. It was at night time and me and my youngest brother was asleep . when o ne came up on the porch and looked thru. the window when my mom saw it and screamed and woke me up the rest was in the living room at the time he/she ran off the porch turn to the left of the house and ran pass the house it picked our dog up and thru him into the house and k/o him ran pass the chicken house and broke a elect. line my dad had for heat for the chickens you could hear it run thru the fields to get away
roger clark on February 04, 2018:
they are real. people say jesus is not real, nor have dna but he lived. bigfoot has skills, where you can look right at him/her but not see. hundreds of years that have practice being a sniper in the outdoors. don't see them, till they want to be seen.
Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on December 08, 2017:
I would love to see that video footage that Shawn Conley has.
OpenMindedHuman on November 30, 2017:
If you do any research on Sasquatch, you will find reports and old newspaper articles. Of course the Native Americans are the ones who encountered them first and have them in their stories. I feel that there are many creatures out there yet to be discovered, as we are finding unknown creatures still. Why should Sasquatch be different. I think we need to respect all creatures, they have senses we have lost or never attained. We humans need to wake up.
Rocky on October 15, 2017:
I think it is not real because how could Bigfoot be still alive this many years
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on September 14, 2017:
@Shawn - Check out the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) website. There is a contact link right at the top. These are the people you want to look at your video. Good luck!
Shawn Conley on September 13, 2017:
yes i have video of a juvenile clear shot of the face from right at ten feet. Its incredibly hard to find people who are willing to read there email that can shine light on a nobodys discovery
Laurene Creekbaum on February 09, 2017:
My husband used to camp alone along the Scioto River in Portsmouth, Ohio and as a young boy he saw a Big Foot...he was walking along the ridge of the river and he looked down and a huge tree had fallen over and there was a large hole in the ground almost like a tunnel. He looked down and there is was. It stared back at him and he can describe it in detail. He ran as it frightened him and he never told anyone except me. He still has nightmares about the sighting...it was that frightening to him.
Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on June 21, 2016:
I would love to see those 47 photos from the settled trail cameras that Noah Craig has in his possession.
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on June 21, 2016:
That's quite a story, JTracing! Thanks for sharing.
JTracing on June 20, 2016:
I have seen the Grassman, I believe. I was at my cousins for his 11th birthday, and we were going to stay outside, except for one of us. There were 9 of us outside, 1 inside, playing Minecraft, and us 9 saw something about 5 foot 8 inches or so walk past us on the cement, and I said, that can't be -----, ( I won't mention names,) he's barley 5, 6, so I went inside just to make sure, and sure enough, he was in there, the same position he was 15 or 20 minutes ago. I asked him if he went outside, and he said no, and my cousins parents weren't home at that moment, so I went downstairs and got some soda/pop to bring outside for us 9, and as I stepped out with two 2 liters, I heard something weird, silence. Then, a twig snapped, and a roar came from the darkness, now when I say a roar, it was huge, ferocious, and very loud, I just can't explain it, I can almost reenact it, but it's never loud enough, or as ferocious as what we heard, so I done the most reasonable thing, dropped the pop, and ran, with 8 boys behind me. We got inside and went upstairs, and only 1 boy slept, because he never heard that, but he had troubles even, because there was banging under the window, and my cousins window is nearly 9 feet off the ground, and I knew it wasn't the tiny thing that made that noise, because when I originally got inside after the roar, I saw a pair of eyes, in the darkness, atleast 7 and a half feet of the ground. Then, the next time, for his 12 birthday, nothing except a few twigs snapping, but the thirteenth happened, and we were staying in a camper, but, two legs from one of the two pullouts on the camper were missing, so when we went to sleep, I spotted maybe half an inch, with 6 boys in the same bed, squeezing in, the bed mysteriously fell, and the last thing I remembered before pain, was seeing a metal bar, coming straight for my face. I woke up, to moaning, groaning, and shaking. I had been knocked unconscious, for the first time in my life. The next day, we found the legs in the woods, inside a cave, only 15 minutes away, so that night, we went back out, and the ride wasn't great. We went on a side-by-side, 12 boys, barley fitting in, this time, with my cousins dad. He doesn't mind cussing, which is good, cause we were like sailers. Nothing at first, then we started seeing stuff. Then, all of the sudden, a tree as thick around as a cantaloup fell on us, and it was only me and two of my cousins in the back, and that's were it landed. No roof in the back, so three boys were trying to lift a nearly 350 pound tree, and let me just say, it was hard. We were all screaming, GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE, and it took nearly 30 minutes to get back to the house, and it should have taken 5 or less. Trees kept falling, rock were being thrown, but by the side-by-side side or something else, I don't know. 15 minutes out, another tree fell, and this time, the angle was terrible, one of my cousins was knocked out, two more jumped out and ran the rest of the way, I was the only one in the back,we started going again, and a tree, this time I would say 150 pounds at least fell at us, and I didn't even think about it, I held it up, because we were stuck because of weeds stuck in the wheels. My uncounsious cousin couldn't stop the tree from coming at him, so I simply held it up, and made sure it didn't hit him. After we got home, there was shock, every boy was crying, and we were all teenagers, scared for our lifes
Jennifer Mugrage from Columbus, Ohio on January 19, 2016:
Enjoyed this. The comments are amazing!
Noah Craig on January 30, 2015:
Well I was in Perry County Ohio camping for a week 2 days in a row I saw something hairy I thought it couldeve been a bear so 5 minutes later it was growing on its hind legs it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up so I grabbed my gun and It was gone it was terrifying. Day 2 I was cooking food at 10:37 p.m. I was just on my phone and I heard a grouw it shooked me and so I heard it heard the creek so I saw something standing up in the creek black fur long arms and I noticed that one of those saspuaches could be the Ohio Grass man so then a few minutes later I settled trail cameras then I went to bed next day later I had 47 pictures some had saspuatches them I was happy I fought some so I went home back to West Virginia then I'll come back some other time.
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on November 01, 2014:
Susan, that is a terrifying story! Thanks for sharing!
Suann Weller from Logan, Ohio on October 31, 2014:
This happened to my husband and brother back in the 80's. We lived in Asheville Ohio Pic a way County at the time. Our house was right beside a creek in a we had a graveyard in front of our house. The house was situated on a big lot with barbwire fences around the back of the house. Further back about a mile or so was a big dump beside the creek and people would go back there and camp. My husband and my brother went camping back there one night and took a tent and a gun as my husband was a hunter also. They pitched the tent and had a small light. They were fishing back there and when it got dark they heard this growling and screaming like noise. They said the hair on their head stood up, they had never heard a sound like it before.
Then whatever it was my husband said it would pick a tree roots and all and throw it across the creek at them. Trying to scare them off. They went in the tent and this grassman came over and stepped on their tent and tore it down, it left like seeweed on the outside where it stepped at. They could not wait to come home but he felt they were safer waiting it out until early morning.
When they got home they told me about it and I did not believe them until the next day when I heard it myself. We would burn our garbage and would smell sulfur where we burned the trash
We found dead wolves that had been killed quickly as they still had growls on their faces and only the belly's ripped out.
Our neighbor told us her two neices saw a huge hairy thing sitting in the tree looking at them in the graveyard. They were so scared she had to take them to the hospital they were in shock. We finally moved at I couldn't wait. My husband is dead now but my brother is still around. To this day we still talk about it.
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on August 31, 2014:
Thanks Ladyguitarpicker! Keep an eye out. Florida is a Bigfoot hotspot!
stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on August 30, 2014:
Hi interesting hub. Learn something new I did not know he was sited in Florida. I live in the woods maybe I can see one.
Janet for on July 28, 2014:
I'd read about infrasound which i see no reason why they wouldn't use and windered if that was why i couldn't get out of the car. I started studying it and some animals use it to stun their prey. I thought maybe bf uses it to get away rather than eat people, hopefully.
I started wondering about a pheromone when I found a friend who thought she might have a bf on her property. She had an investigator come out and my friend mentioned to me how confused she got in her own back yard. That was how I felt by the nest like thing in my backyard. I kept thinking I should go see what that is but felt so confused I didn't. I also had tried to go back to that area to take photos since I know I stream ran thru it but couldn't figure out how to get into the woods ( physically there was no reason not to just walk into them, mentally I didn't know how to do it lol) but I also had that "something is watching me "feeling both times. I'm normally not like that and neither is my friend so I started wondering if it was coming from the big guys.
Its interesting how much animals use things science is just finding out about.
If you are near Cleveland the elephant exhibit there has an interesting bit on infrasound.
Not to nit pick but imo the fur in your photo is wrong. Their "fur" looks more like hair, coarse and in need of a shampoo but hair rather than fur or dreads.
And the face was more apelike than man-like. The mouth area was flatter like a person but the nose not as pointed, wide nostrils, a less pronounced bridge than a human's but more pronounced than say a gorilla. Its eyes were very expressive though. We locked eyes and I would imagine our wide eyed expressions were probably similar! But I never would have thought it was a human, to me it looked more apelike but upright. And its skin was dark, slightly lighter than its hair but charcoal gray. Its eyes were amber but I recall wondering if that was the firelight reflection or if that was their normal color.
Now that I've read accounts of them allegedly takung kids it scares me to think maybe they were after mine but I remind myself it didn't happen. That and the fact an 8 foot mama bf was probably nearby her child creeps me out I must say!
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on July 28, 2014:
That's a fascinating story, Janet, and thank you for sharing it. I found your comment interesting, about Bigfoot giving off a pheromone that confuses people. I've never heard that theory before but its an intriguing idea.
Janet for on July 27, 2014:
I saw a juvenile while camping near Loudonville in the early 80s. I knew nothing about bigfoot but it couldn't have been anything else. I had left the campfire to check on the sleeping kids and it was standing behind and between two tents watching us at the fire. It didn't scare me as it looked so frightened I didn't think it was violent. I know now it was young as it was only about my height, 5'7.
Years later (2007 or so) we moved into a house that had been empty for a while in Claridon, outside of Chardon. Strange things happened. We heard something trying to open the door numerous times, veggies were carried off from the garden ( not like most pests who take a bite or two, these were carefully picked off the plant and gone), I'd hear heavy walking outside at night but could never catch anyone. Just odd things happening, often when I went into that field to take night sky photos. This went on for a year or so. One night I came home and hear what I now know was a wood knock and imitating owl sounds ( I think one was looking in the window behind the house and the other one warned him I was there). l was literally frozen with fear and could not get out of the car . There was what I now think was a nest or den in the field behind my house. This all culminated with one looking in the laundry room window while I was putting clothes in the dryer. When it saw me, it pounded on the house and I looked up just in time to see its head and shoulders walking away from the window that was above me. The window was 8 feet off the ground outside. After I saw it I looked up stuff about bigfoot and put the other events together.
Before I saw the second one I kind of just was surprised bigfoot was in Ohio.
Now I don't camp, hike ,do anything where there are sightings. I think they are like any wild animal and can become violent. I think they give off some pheromone that makes you confused or maybe infrasound because at times I knew something was there but couldn't see it or wanted to investigate the nest thing but while I wanted to I couldn't go by it, like I could somehow sense danger even though I know that sounds crazy. But they could kill you ,no problem.
I moved to the burbs cause they scare me and I hope I never see another one. That thing could have reached through the window and ripped my head right off.
I don't feel lucky to have seen them and personally I think someone is going to get killed by one if it hasn't already happened.
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on July 21, 2014:
That's a great story val! I'm always jealous of people who have seen Bigfoot!
val g on July 20, 2014:
My brother and I were driving late at night and saw a bigfoot crossing the road in rural Ohio in 1978. It was outside the town of North Lawrence. Locals told us other people there had reported seeing it too. Locals called it the "Bowdil Swamp Monster".
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on May 23, 2014:
Thanks, Carla! I appreciate your kind comments!
Carla J Swick from NW PA on May 23, 2014:
Great hub, Eric - well-researched with Ohio history and interesting. It's good to see a hub that is written with clarity and quality. I live in PA and we have our share of sightings as well. I find the topic interesting and compelling.
Lynn on February 14, 2014:
Mary, where in Michigan?
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on January 27, 2014:
@ Steve: Good point about the snow!
TurtleDog on January 27, 2014:
Thanks for the info! I'm a skeptic but I love following these stories... plus the possibilities Voted up! Awesome
Steve on January 27, 2014:
I been in the woods all my life. Hunting in ohio and pa. Nobody never talks about tracks in the snow of a Bigfoot. Being a hunter , tracks tell the whole story. Tracks can followed for miles if need be. Many times have followed deer and bear tracks in the snow and seen the animal making the tracks. Being such a large mammal, Bigfoot would leave many tracks in its guest for food.
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on January 24, 2014:
Those are some amazing stories, Bill! Thanks for sharing them. BTW, loved your early albums! :-)
Bill Cosby on January 24, 2014:
So I've seen something in the woods in Ohio, but it was completely white, tall as a man and grunted as it jumped between two trees. It was at a park on some walking trails except I used to go there to smoke except id walk off the trails and after repeated visits I started to go deeper and get a better lay of the land. I'm farthest I'd ever gotten when I saw it jump from behind one tree to another like a freaking ninja and all completely white. I was about a 30 minute run to get back to the trails, I only had pepper spray, I didn't know what I saw at first which is good because thinking back on the situation terrifies me.
I've also seen seven fireball ufos in single file formation fly over a neighborhood of a lot of people, real slow about 15 mph, gold orange and only 200-300 ft from the ground. Has to be connected to the Phoenix Lights incident as they were seven fireballs and looked the same, but video doesn't do justice to what they look like up close and in person.
Mary on December 30, 2013:
I seen it 1978 in Ohio and last spring in MI
Tilly on July 28, 2013:
haha, easier said then done and yeah I'll try, It would be blurry though from me shaking so I don't think it would be of use to anyone.
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on July 28, 2013:
Don't be scared of Bigfoot, Brandy! Just make sure you get a good picture if you spot him! :-)
Tilly on July 27, 2013:
Thank god I live in the western portion of Ohio and not the eastern, would be scared to death to go in the woods after reading this.
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on July 05, 2013:
Thanks Efficient Admin. Interesting story! I believe Bigfoot could be out there, up and down the Appalachian chain.
Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on July 04, 2013:
There was a Bigfoot sighting on one of my hiking trails - Grayson Highlands Park in VA. That is part of the Appalachian trail. Out there in the miles and acres of dense forests you never know what is lurking there. A Bigfoot could survive out there. Interesting hub, voted up.
K.Cameron on April 26, 2013:
We might have found some bigfoot tracks here in Ontario... We have photos posted on our FB
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on January 29, 2013:
Greg: that's very interesting. Some researchers believe Bigfoot may build small, temporary shelters out of branches and trees for sleeping. Other great apes are known to do this, but I've never heard of large structures. In one case a "bigfoot nest" was discovered but I believe that turned out to be a hoax. If they do build them we'd have to think it was a rare thing or else more would be discovered. Hard to say what that lean-to was, but you never know!
Eric Dockett (author) from USA on January 05, 2013:
Thanks Eddy. I'm glad you liked the Hub and I appreciate your kind comment!
Eiddwen from Wales on January 05, 2013:
Wow how interesting is this !!!Great work and I now look forward to so many more by you.