Haunted Hocking: Ghost Stories and Local Haunts

haunted hocking hills

The hills are alive with the sounds of ghosts and goblins. At least that is what local lore would have visitors believe. October is a month for enjoying fall colors, pumpkin spice, and ghost tales. Haunted Hocking Hills offers more scares than people think. Why not check out where to go for some fall festive fun this season in Hocking Hills? 

Family Activities

The family will enjoy going to the many activities across Hocking Hills. Don’t pass up the hayrides or trick-or-treating at local events like the Hocking Halloween Campout. Step into spooky Ash Cave to look for unexplained activity. Pumpkin decorating and more are included as part of the fall fun. Stop by a petting farm with camels and other animals to spend time trick-or-treating with. Muddy Boots Farm offers memories and treats to last a lifetime. Stop by Walker Farm for a corn maze, pumpkin picking, and more family fun. 

Spooktacular Fun

Haunted Houses are part of exploring haunted Hocking Hills. Stop by Sleepy Hollow Experience at Haunted Mountain. Scream your heart out by immersing yourself in a nightmare with the Headless Horseman. Danse is macabre with stories of vampires, oddities, and haunted tales of the theater. Enjoy an escape room experience and a haunted trail, open after the performance.

Cave Stories

Prefer a less spooky experience? Good luck finding it in haunted Hocking Hills with tales of ghosts meandering the cliffs and gorges of Hocking Hills State Park. Legends of the dark make people wonder who may still be visiting the hills after dark. One such story of Dr. S.P. Hildreth explains how he was surveying in 1837 and saw a warning on a beech tree. Carved into it were the words ‘This is the road to Hell, 1782.’ Pressing ever onward, he followed the streams and meandered a few miles to a horseshoe-shaped recess cave first used by Ohio’s first people. The mystery of the message remains a mystery to this day and the cave he visited was named Ash Cave for stories of burning and fires that took place there. Tales of children who fell to their deaths and screams that may be heard from the cave give it a spooky air of hauntedness that folks love to explore in October. 

Rock House

Rock House is thought to be haunted by one lady named Mary who was once purported to be found dead. Her body vanished before the police arrived and her spirit lingers to this day. Visitors love to look for her body or see if they can find her lurking amongst the wildflowers and foliage nearby. 

Old Man’s Cave

Just the name alone should give away its secrets. Old Man’s Cave is a popular place to visit any time of year. Around Halloween, visitors come for frights in the night like camping near a baying hound, reported to be Richard Rowe’s wayward pup. Rowe was a trapper who lived on the banks of Ohio in the 18th century. When the War of 1812 began, he sought a peaceful life and headed to a cave, hanging out in what is now Old Man’s Cave with his dogs and rifle. He accidentally shot himself and his body is buried next to his dog on the sandy floor of the cave. Sometimes the pair can be sighted walking along the river or in the forest. 

Ghost Tours

A visit to haunted Hocking Hills wouldn’t be complete without an unforgettable night of ghostly tales of murder and horror on a ghost tour. Several options are available to experience this ghastly experience. Visit many locations and experience a mysterious tour as the itineraries are kept a secret until the night of the tour. Includes many historic stops around Columbus. Tickets are available at Columbus Ghost Tours for those who dare venture out for a night of terrifying tales.

 

 

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