Family Bigfoot Adventures in Ohio

The shaggy mythical beast known as Bigfoot has been rumored to live in Ohio since the mid-1700s, with nearly 40 reported sightings since the mid-1980s alone at Guernsey County’s Salt Fork State Park. Because of these sightings, Guernsey County hosts a number of family-friendly events and destinations perfect for cryptozoologists and skeptics alike.

Those looking for a little nature with their local lore should check out the monthly Bigfoot Night Hikes  (facebook.com/saltforkstatepark). These events allow participants to hike the park trails after dark in search of the legendary Bigfoot. You might even get to see some of the other wildlife that calls Guernsey County home. (During park hours, the lodge gift shop also carries a wonderful array of Bigfoot souvenirs for all ages and enthusiasts!).

Since 2005, the Ohio Bigfoot Conference (ohiobigfootconference.org) has welcomed fans of the furry legend to gather and talk all things Squatch. The Bigfoot Conference takes place annually. This year, it takes place on May 4, 2024, at Salt Fork Lodge & Conference Center. Vendors are onsite (booths are open to the public, not just conference-goers) with books and merchandise for sale.

Looking for more outdoor fun? Run or walk the Bigfoot races at Salt Fork State Park this summer and winter. The Summer Sasquatch 50K, 20 & 10-mile trail races will take place on June 15-16, 2024. These races will challenge you with a 10.4-mile loop course over rolling hills. Hikers are welcome in the 10 Miler – the generous cutoff time allows you to enjoy a supported hike at your own pace. Hikers are welcome in the 10-mile race.

Can’t make it to the summer Sasquatch races? Join in the fun this winter on Dec. 14-15, 2024, for the Bigfoot 50K, 20 & 10-mile trail races. Have your family tag along for an awesome Ohio staycation! Salt Fork Lodge offers great rooms at reasonable prices. Call (740) 439-2751 and request the Bigfoot race discount when making your reservation. Learn more at westernreserveracing.com/races/.

Did You Know bigfoot sightings have been highlighted on The TODAY Show, USA TODAY, Finding Bigfoot, and Monsters & Mysteries in America?

No matter what you’re looking for, Guernsey County, Ohio, has something for Bigfoot enthusiasts – or those looking for an offbeat adventure. More information on popular local events and seasonal Bigfoot events can be found at VisitGuernseyCounty.com.

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