In the mood for a hike this weekend? Check out this list of the scariest hiking places in the U.S. Hopefully one is in your area! (Make sure to pack some marshmallows and your Kindle to tell scary ghost stories if you’re going for an evening hike.)
1. Bluff Mountain and Punchbowl Shelter, Virginia
Four-year-old Ottie Cline Powell died on the mountain over a century ago after wandering away from his schoolhouse, says Backpacker.
The Blue Ridge Country website says many hikers feel “an eerie, unseen presence near the mountain top.”
2. Black Diamond Mines, Antioch, California
Black Diamond Mines are located way out in the San Francisco East Bay (I’ve been there). The Wailing Witch is thought to haunt the mines after she was executed for failing to take care of children in her care, which led to their deaths. And a lady named Sarah Norton was crushed to death by her carriage, so she hangs out at the nearby Rose Hill Cemetery. If my wife and I had known this, we might’ve just spent the day at Six Flags instead.