The West Branch State Park has a reputation of being haunted. Many park visitors know about the hidden cemetery that lies within the park. Some people have witnessed a woman dressed in black on the trail near the graveyard. The cemetery is rumored to be cursed and if it is disturbed, something bad will happen to trespassers when they leave. The park is also haunted by the spirits of Native Americans. There have also been numerous Bigfoot sightings in the area.
The West Branch State Park was established in 1966 when the government took over the land by eminent domain. The US Army Corp of Engineers used most of the surrounding land to create the Kirwan Reservoir. The Army leased the land to the state for park use.
The Elliott Family Cemetery was established in the early 1800s. Due to legends, the area youth have been trespassing and vandalizing the cemetery ever since. There are at least six known burials but the grave markers have been destroyed.
The West Branch State Park features hiking, biking, and walking trails. Camping, swimming, boating, fishing, and hunting are some of the other activities people do at the park.
Some visitors believe that the park is haunted by a witch that was buried in the cemetery. A ghost of a woman is sometimes spotted on nearby trails. Folks say that if anything is taken, particulary a stone, something bad will happen. A lot of people report getting into car accidents after exploring the cemetery. One fatal accident involving high school students has been blamed on the witch. Spirits of Native Americans are often witnessed in the park. A few people have even witnessed bigfoot.
The West Branch State Park, 5708 Esworthy Road, in Ravenna, Ohio.
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