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Marblehead, Ohio: Prehistoric Forest and Mystery Hill (Closed) Team Field Report

Hwy 2 north to Hwy 269 (Bridge Rd). Hwy 269 north to Hwy 163 (E. Harbor Rd). East on Hwy 163 around two miles.
Closed at end of 2010 season.
Prehistoric Forest and Mystery Hill

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Dinosaur wrapped up.

Prehistoric Forest and Mystery Hill

I drove past this attraction in May 2015, not realizing until I got home that it was listed as a Roadside Gone But Not Forgotten attraction. It is still fenced off and has "No Trespassing" signs. A large brontosaurus is visible from the parking lot. It would be nice if someone could buy the property and reopen it.

[signmanjoe, 05/23/2015]
Prehistoric Forest and Mystery Hill

If you haven't seen this and would like to, you better hurry. It's closing at the end of the season.

[e. shoemaker, 06/18/2010]
Prehistoric Forest and Mystery Hill

Adjacent to Mystery Hill is the stunning Prehistoric Forest. And by "stunning" I mean "ludicrous." As a boy the Prehistoric Forest used to be the main attraction, with Mystery Hill (yes, optical illusions, but yes, still a blast) taking a distant second. Mothers would pile their rowdy kids into an amusement-park-style tram, which would then set off into the forest. Along the way the tram would encounter larger-than-life papier-mache sculptures of historically accurate dinosaurs...and other oddities like a 10-foot tall parrot and an 8-foot praying mantis. The kids would reach below their seats and find toy M16 replicas to "shoot" the "dinosaurs." The tram ride was discontinued at some point between 1985 and 1998, but you can still visit and wander around the forest yourself. The proprieters have put forth a token effort to make the visit educational, but really, what can you say about a 10-foot-tall parrot?

[Joe Rybicki, 04/19/2003]

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