The now abandoned village of Helltown, Ohio has been home to numerous rumors, half-truths, and lies about serial killers, disappearing hearses, hauntings, satanic cults, and government conspiracies. Despite most of these myths being conclusively refuted, the explanations for these urban legends still doesn’t diminish the public’s enthusiasm or curiosity about this eerily deserted place. In this article, we will take a look at a few of the myths and their practical explanations, how to visit Helltown, and whether it is illegal to head there as a tourist.
What Spurred the Urban Legends?
In 1974 the town became an unlucky scapegoat for the nation’s anxiety over deforestation and the President at the time, Gerald Ford, chose to sign a bill that gave the Federal government’s National Park Service, jurisdiction over the land. The township was to be used to make home to a new national park called Cuyahoga Valley. To make way for the park, homes were bought up and the residents were forced to leave, causing remnants of the town to vanish. However, it wasn’t until 1985, when park rangers visiting the Krejci Dump, became ill with rashes. This spurred on the chemical spill myths now found all over the web. The Truth? The dump was polluted with highly toxic chemicals that were improperly disposed of.
Why Do People Have Interest in Helltown?
With no souls to be found and remnants of the lives of former individuals strewn throughout the town, it’s easy to see why some thrill seekers would want to check out the extreme folklore that surrounds this place. At the center of the town used to lie a church with upside-down crosses that was said to be a place where satanic cults practiced; there was an abandoned school bus that birthed a dark legend about a group of children being slaughtered by a serial killer, and there are several roads that evidently lead to nowhere.
Other popular myths include the slaughterhouse which notes that you will see ghostly faces if you look into the windows; the dead-end roads which were blocked off by satanic cults to hide their hideouts; and the house in the woods which always has a light on in one of the upstairs windows.
So, is it illegal to head to Helltown? No, absolutely not. Although you will not find very much in the way of the landmarks found in the legends. All of the abandoned buildings and houses were torn down back in 2016 to make way for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
How Do You Get to Helltown?
The best way to get to Helltown is by automobile. Depending on which urban area you are coming from, the directions will be different. If you are planning on driving during the summer months, it is best to leave early to avoid traffic as there are plenty of tourists headed to the national park in the area.
- If travelling from Cleveland, grab the I-77 South. You will hit Helltown with about thirty minutes of driving.
- If travelling from Akron, Ohio, it is a twenty-minute drive north on Riverview Road or north on the OH-8.
- If you are travelling from Columbus, Ohio, it is a two-hour drive on the I-71 north. This is the same route for folks who are coming from the Cincinnati area, but the drive is about three and a half hours instead.
If you are coming to Helltown during peak hours, you will want to park at the Ledges Trail area as this part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has lots of parking spaces. You can also park at the Brandywine Falls and Blue Hen Falls but there is limited parking.
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