10 Most Haunted Hiking Trails In America

Want to go hiking with ghosts? Perhaps spot a dog-headed creature stalking you through the trees? Or maybe you’ll go hiking and encounter the apparition of little Ottie Powel, who was just four-years-old and barefoot when he disappeared.

There are many trails in the US that have storied histories, full of creatures, witches, ghosts, demons, and more.

Most often the weird noises you hear when you go hiking are just a squirrel or bird. But what about the trails that have documented cases of paranormal activity?

Go hiking in a place like that, and you can’t just dismiss that strange sound you hear as a scampering chipmunk.

Of all the trails you can go hiking at, this list presents the 10 most haunted. All with documented cases of things that go bump in the night…and worse.

If you decide to try your luck, and go hiking on any of the following trails don’t say we didn’t warn you!

1) Norton Creek Trail, Great Smoky Mountains, NC

Cherokee legend warns of Spearfinger, a witch that supposedly haunts Norton Creek and feasts on wayward children.

Fortunately for lost hikers, there is a more helpful ghost in this area.

Several hikers have reported that a mysterious floating light has led them away from danger and towards safety.

2) Appalachian Trail, Virginia

Four-year-old Ottie Powell was out collecting firewood, when he suddenly vanished in 1891.

Five months later Ottie’s body was discovered near Bluff Mountain.

Some say that panic led Ottie to run in the wrong direction and die from exposure. Others claim it was due to some sort of psychic phenomena. Others still, attribute the death to the spirit of the wood, known to haunt the “forest bright with colored leaves”.

A memorial to little Ottie can still be found here. Some backpackers who have spent the night at Punchbowl Shelter have reported seeing Ottie’s wandering spirit, firewood in hand.

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