As long as humans have existed, people have told tales of ghostly hauntings. It seems like it’s just part of human nature to believe in ghosts. Most of the time, you’ll hear about rumors of haunted houses or haunted hotels. Sometimes, you’ll hear about haunted hospitals where spooks are around every corner.
Though we often associate them with indoors locations, they are not just an “inside-only” phenomenon. Many stories circulate about haunted woods, lakes, and cemeteries too. If you think about it, those tales might be even scarier simply because you can’t just run out of a forest the way you can leave a house.
Hiking and haunting might just be a better pair than you think. If you’re looking for thrills or just want to brave the woods while possibly getting chased by a ghost, give these haunted hiking trails a whirl.
Spruce Railroad Trail – Olympic National Park, Washington
Olympic National Park is a magnet for people who love beautiful waterfalls and fascinating glimpses at unperturbed nature scenes. As placid as this place is, it’s also home to one of the most haunted hiking trails in the world: Spruce Railroad Trail.
This 8-mile long trail may look beautiful and overlook a nice lake, but don’t be fooled. It’s haunted and quite possibly cursed.
Rumor has it that after a woman known as Hallie Latham Illingworth was killed by her husband here, a strange vibe has taken over the trail. To this day, hikers claim to see a woman wandering around near the lake, only to vanish in front of their eyes.
Cars don’t fare much better than hikers on this road. Over the years, there have been multiple reports of cars that end up plunging into the lake, driver and all, never to be seen again.
Gold Mine Trail – Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, Maryland
If you love digging for gold, then you might feel interested in going to the Gold Mine Trail. This is one of the few haunted hiking trails to bring you inside a cave where miners once worked to haul goods out of the Earth, as well as a number of other nice little spots on the way.
This is a pretty haunted trail, with multiple ghosts. One unearthly denizen is a woman wearing a white dress who appears near the 2-mile mark. Because this are is also the site of a Civil War battle, it’s also not that surprising to hear that people have spotted people who are dressed in both Union and Confederate gear.
These are pretty “standard fare” hauntings. The mine, on the other hand, has something quite unusual. Visitors have reported hearing strange knocks and felt strange chills. In the old days, these reports were chalked up to “tommyknockers,” strange creatures that haunted the mines.