Apr 28, 2023 - Things to Do

Ohio ranks fourth in Bigfoot sightings

Illustration of a Sasquatch with its arm around a sign that says, "BIGFOOT X-ING".

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Laying eyes on Bigfoot is more common in Ohio than in all but three other U.S. states.

  • Only Washington, California and Florida tallied more total reports of Bigfoot sightings, according to analysis by the online betting site Bonus Insider.

What they found: Using data of reported sightings, population statistics and each state's estimated deer and elk population, Bonus Insider determined that the Pacific Northwest is Bigfoot's most popular stomping grounds.

Yes, but: The Ohio/West Virginia border is a Bigfoot hub unto itself.

By the numbers: With 5.97 sightings per 100,000 residents, West Virginia ranked third in Bigfoot sightings per capita.

  • West Virginia is home to other creatures of haunted lore as well, including the Mothman.

Catch up quick: Bigfoot sightings were first documented in the 1830s, according to Ohio State University. The creature is described as a mix between a gorilla and a human.

  • In most reports, it has reddish-brown fur and walks on two legs.

The latest: To commemorate Ohio's Bigfoot culture and history, the city of Logan last year hosted a Bigfoot Festival at Hocking Hills State Park and has scheduled a sequel this August.


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