Conspiracy theorists don’t think like most people, and that means they don’t usually like to vacation like most people.
Roswell, Area 51 and the sites of many other alien conspiracies are popular destinations, but, if cryptozoology is your thing, and you would like to catch a glimpse of Bigfoot on your vacation this summer, Ohio should be on your itinerary!
According to the Travel Channel, Ohio is one of the best states for “squatching” (that’s Sasquatch watching). Using data from the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization’s (BFRO) database of compiled sightings and testimonies, Ohio is one of the top eight states to catch a glimpse of Bigfoot.
After analyzing the 23,000 sightings across the country, the Travel Channel found these states had the highest likelihood of having a Bigfoot encounter:
- New York
“The Eastern half of Ohio is teeming with Bigfoot sightings,” the Travel Channel said. “Numerous accounts have been reported of what locals call “the Grassman” – a large ape-like creature that has been seen roaming the hills and forests of Ohio’s Appalachian plateau.”
The Travel Channel also mentions the Ohio Howl, “a hair-raising recording of a deep voice screaming and howling into the night, believed to be the call of a Sasquatch.”
According to the BFRO, two similar howls were recorded in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, once in 1994 and again in 2015.
The Ohio Grassman is a legend that has persisted for nearly 150 years in Ohio. The first sightings date back as far as the late 1800s. Similar to other descriptions of Bigfoot or Sasquatch, they described the being — which would later become known as the Ohio Grassman — as a large, hairy, bipedal creature that stood at a staggering nine feet tall.
While sightings put the Grassman as similar in size and appearance to Bigfoot and related crypto-creatures, the Ohio Grassman is distinguished by some behavior and habits that set it apart from the usual Bigfoot lore. The Grassman seems to largely eat tall grasses. In fact, that’s where The Ohio Grassman gets its name from. The Grassman is often seen around farms and especially eating tall grasses such as wheat. This is perhaps the reason it is so particular to Ohio, which has quite a bit of farmland.
In addition to a different diet, the Grassman also seems much more sociable than Bigfoot. Many Grassman sightings include more than one Grassman, and it is reported that mothers have been seen with babies.
If you want to get a chance to be the one to get that undisputable picture that proves Bigfoot’s existence, the Grassman’s seemingly less aggressive habits than similar creatures, are why a trip out to Ohio this summer, may be your best bet.