Bigfoot Sightings in Ohio: the Grassman

Grassman sightings in Ohio go back nearly 150 years. Bigfoot is revered in the Pacific Northwest, but could he really exist in the Buckeye State?
Grassman sightings in Ohio go back nearly 150 years. Bigfoot is revered in the Pacific Northwest, but could he really exist in the Buckeye State? | Source

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. It turns out Ohio is a favorite haunt of the big hairy guy. In fact, according to the BFRO Geographical Database, Ohio trails only such notorious Bigfoot hotspots as California, Oregon, Washington and Florida in reported sightings.

This might be surprising to some, but as we’ll see there are good reasons Bigfoot may be lurking in Ohio. Like any wild animal, Bigfoot requires food, shelter and safety, and he is able to find these things in abundance in the Buckeye State.

Bigfoot is also 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 errant bullets of hunters for so long.

It turns out Bigfoot may be smarter, stealthier and more resourceful that we ever imagined, and he may be hiding right in our backyards. Here’s a look at how the creature may be getting by in the state of Ohio.

The Grassman Legend

For almost 150 years Ohio residents have witnessed 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.

Some Ohio Bigfoot may have adapted to consuming agricultural grasses, hence the name "Grassman".
Some Ohio Bigfoot may have adapted to consuming agricultural grasses, hence the name "Grassman". | Source

Why the Buckeye State?

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 17thh 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 map above, notice the forests extending 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

Food Sources

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 hunting or fishing for 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 white-tail 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 a theory 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 to 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 the 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 Bigfoot and proving he exists, in Ohio or anywhere else!

Does it make sense that the Appalachian Mountain Range is a corridor of sorts for Bigfoot populations to travel throughout the east?

  • Yes! The mountains are rugged and Bigfoot would be well hidden.
  • Maybe. The mountains might be rugged, but people have lived in them for a long time.
  • No way! Bigfoot would be well-known by now if he lived in the Appalachians.
  • Bigfoot doesn't exist and only lives in one's mind.
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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Wow how interesting is this !!!Great work and I now look forward to so many more by you.


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EricDockett 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Eddy. I'm glad you liked the Hub and I appreciate your kind comment!

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EricDockett 3 years ago from USA Author

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!

K.Cameron 3 years ago

We might have found some bigfoot tracks here in Ontario... We have photos posted on our FB

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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

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.

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EricDockett 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Efficient Admin. Interesting story! I believe Bigfoot could be out there, up and down the Appalachian chain.

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BrandyMD 3 years ago

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.

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EricDockett 3 years ago from USA Author

Don't be scared of Bigfoot, Brandy! Just make sure you get a good picture if you spot him! :-)

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BrandyMD 3 years ago

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.

Mary 2 years ago

I seen it 1978 in Ohio and last spring in MI

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Bill Cosby 2 years ago

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.

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EricDockett 2 years ago from USA Author

Those are some amazing stories, Bill! Thanks for sharing them. BTW, loved your early albums! :-)

Steve 2 years ago

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.

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TurtleDog 2 years ago

Thanks for the info! I'm a skeptic but I love following these stories... plus the possibilities Voted up! Awesome

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EricDockett 2 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Turtledog!

@ Steve: Good point about the snow!

Lynn 2 years ago

Mary, where in Michigan?

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carlajbehr 2 years ago from NW PA

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.

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EricDockett 2 years ago from USA Author

Thanks, Carla! I appreciate your kind comments!

val g 2 years ago

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".

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EricDockett 2 years ago from USA Author

That's a great story val! I'm always jealous of people who have seen Bigfoot!

Janet for 2 years ago

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.

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EricDockett 2 years ago from USA Author

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 2 years ago

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!

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ladyguitarpicker 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

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.

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EricDockett 2 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Ladyguitarpicker! Keep an eye out. Florida is a Bigfoot hotspot!

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Suann Weller 24 months ago from Logan, Ohio

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.

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EricDockett 24 months ago from USA Author

Susan, that is a terrifying story! Thanks for sharing!

Noah Craig 21 months ago

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.

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Jennifer Mugrage 9 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

Enjoyed this. The comments are amazing!

JTracing 4 months ago

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

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EricDockett 4 months ago from USA Author

That's quite a story, JTracing! Thanks for sharing.

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Efficient Admin 4 months ago from Charlotte, NC

I would love to see those 47 photos from the settled trail cameras that Noah Craig has in his possession.

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