A couple of weeks ago, I had to return to Florida to help sort out some items that remained in my mom’s house. For those of you who don’t know, my mom passed away in January. We had to drive because my mom left items for me, and I needed my car to bring them home.
Since we had to drive from Illinois to Florida – we thought we would add some sightseeing to the trip. On the way down, we went through the Daniel Boone National Forest, and the next day we drove through the Smokey Mountains – they were both so beautiful. Then, we stopped and stayed at my daughter’s home northeast of Atlanta for a few days. That would have been great, except we happened to tell her that on the way home, we were going to stop in Cave City, Kentucky, and check out the Mammoth Caves.
Her eyes widened, and she shook her head. “Haven’t you heard about the goblins?”
Now, you have to believe that I thought I’d done my due diligence in researching the paranormal events in Kentucky. I watched the Expedition X episode about the strange phenomenon in the Mammoth Caves. I’d listened to the Astonishing Legends podcast about the alien attack in 1955 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where a bunch of little green men attacked a farmhouse and got a load of buckshot for their troubles. I even knew that giraffe-possums, lizards, the Goat Man, Sheepsquatch (yes, you read that correctly – Sasquatch, but sheep-sized), and even Mothmen had visited the Bluegrass State. But goblins?
So, then she introduced us to the television show/documentary called Hellier. It’s about Hellier, Kentucky, a town near the West Virginia border that has experienced some strange occurrences. Bloody-disgusting.com (I love their name) describes it like this: “Planet Weird Original “Hellier” is a five-part documentary series that sets out to uncover the true story (if there even is one, of course) behind the “Kentucky Goblins” that first popped up back in the ’50s. The story begins when paranormal investigator Greg Newkirk receives a strange e-mail from a Kentucky man claiming that humanoid creatures emerged from a mine shaft on his property. The man even shares photographs of three-toed footprints he had taken in his backyard. But then, out of nowhere, Greg never hears from him again.
That e-mail, sent back in 2012, eventually sends Greg and a paranormal team off to Kentucky to explore the alleged phenomenon, where they seem to uncover something even bigger.
If you’re into this sort of thing, trust me when I say that the first episode of “Hellier” will hook into you, as it presents a deeply compelling case that will have you believing that maybe, just maybe, there actually are strange creatures out there that we’ve never uncovered. And maybe, just maybe, they’re connected to all kinds of other unusual sightings over the years.”
So, is there a connection?
One possibility is the myriad of connections between the vast Mammoth Caves cave system, 426 miles, but that’s only what’s been explored to date, and the other mining and cave systems scattered throughout the east coast. It was speculated in the documentary that all of the caves from Kentucky to the New England States could be interconnected, which could turn the system into an unground highway for cryptids or aliens.
Reddit users have some experiences that add to the mix:
My parents have a home about 30 minutes from Hopkinsville, and in 2007 my cousin and I saw an illuminating being very similar to the ones described in this encounter. (I hadn’t heard of the incident until I googled “glowing beings” after my experience.) It materialized out of thin air.
2 years ago
Kentucky Goblin Sighting
Hello! New to reddit here, I looked into a few reddit pages and am honestly not sure where I should even post this so I hope this is okay. I am posting because my wife recently came across another post regarding a sighting in the same area so I wanted to share mine!
I grew up in Partridge Kentucky, which is near Kingdom Come state park if you are familiar with the area. Anyway, I recently was able to visit a place called Portal 31 in Lynch Kentucky with my wife and daughter.
Portal 31 is one of the few mine tours in the area that you can go to and actually experience what the history of the coal industry not only was to Kentucky but also the longstanding effects of what it had on the area and these effects are still being felt today (also you get to go in a real mine cart how cool is that?)
As we were leaving we stopped at the café outside and I was walking around while waiting for my wife to order. While looking across the street I noticed a very large power plant? I believe it was an old power plant or it might still be active I don’t know, but while I was looking at the power plant I noticed what I can only describe as three small creatures roughly 3 1/2 feet tall? My daughter is slightly taller then they were and she just turned 5.
These creatures matched the description of the original Hopkinsville case and growing up in Kentucky I was as excited as one could be, It was like seeing a real life super hero.
It looked like they went into the building and by the time I got my wife (who had her camera) they had gone so sadly I don’t have anything to show apart from a really cool story that I will probably tell anyone that will listen for the next ten years.
Lately I have heard a lot of stories of weird things in the woods surrounding the state park and pine mountain, I have close friends that do not at all believe in the paranormal tell me that they have seen and heard things that they just don’t quite understand.
This is pretty cool! I live in Eolia. I went on a school trip to Portal 31 and the coal mining museum about 10 years ago. My group never got to go into the actual mine though because of a power outage or something. But I’ve been wanting to go back. I might make my husband take me this weekend now. Lol
My mom was an EMT in the early 2000s. Some hikers got lost and hurt at Bad Branch Falls one night. I think it was past midnight before they finally found them and brought them out. But my mom said that her and a couple other people had seen a small creature a couple feet tall standing on 2 legs in the woods watching them.
3 years ago
My Kentucky Goblin Experience
I can’t really share this anywhere else without people thinking I’m crazy, so I figured y’all might like a little Hellier related story.
My family is from Pike County, KY. I spent a couple months every summer as a child with my grandparents in a small community about an hour from Hellier. I’m not giving out the name because I don’t want anyone showing up there and poking around, you’ll probably get shot. So, my mammaw and papaws trailer sits up on a hill, with the hillside continuing up behind it. My sisters and I slept in the living room facing a window that looked out up the hillside. There was a light pole out there lighting everything up at night so you could see up the hill a little ways. Now, until finding and watching Hellier, I really thought I had dreamed these memories that I’m about to share. The first episode of season 1 completely rocked my world and made all of these summers come flooding back. Everyone would be asleep in the house, and the dogs would start to bark. My grandparents and sisters were all heavy sleepers and didn’t seem to notice. It always woke me up, usually around 2-3am. I remember glancing out the window and catching movement coming down the hill, through the trees. I was such a scaredy cat as a kid that I always just froze, stuck staring out the window. Standing on the hillside, just on the edge of the treeline was this short little… thing. It had big, sharp looking ears and huge dark eyes. It’s legs and arms were thin. It noticed that I saw it, and slowly crept a little closer, kind of crouching and then lifting its head up and around like it was studying me. It just seemed curious. At some point I’d be able to snap out of being frozen and cover up my head with the blanket. This happened one or two times every summer for maybe 5 years. Its almost like it watched me grow up, then stopped coming around once I was a teenager. Anytime I’d mention it to my grandparents, my Papaw would say “that’s why you dont go up them hills alone, the boogers will getcha”. My Mammaw would say it was a bad dream.
I put this out of my memory for years, until randomly finding Hellier. When I first saw it I immediately messaged my dad to tell him about it, thinking that he’d laugh or brush it off. But instead he just says “I ain’t surprised. There’s evil in them hills. I wouldn’t even go all the way up to the ridge alone.” A couple weeks after that I went back up to KY to visit my grandparents. I told my Mammaw about Hellier and she immediately pointed out that it sounded like my “bad dreams” as a kid. I asked if there were any mines up the hill and she says “Well lord yeah! That hillside is all carved out. Full of old mines and caves. If you go too far up theres a spot you can fall right into the hill”. Freaked me right out.
I can see why he would be freaked out – I would be too!
As for my visit to Cave City and the Mammoth Caves – nothing too unusual happened unless you count the tapping on our hotel door in the middle of the night.
But it was nothing, right?
I’m sure it was nothing.