Sometimes you don’t want to just head out on a typical hiking experience. Sometimes you want something unique and maybe even a little spooky! If that’s you, check out these 5 unique and spooky hiking paths throughout the USA! This is part 2 of our unique and spooky hiking paths series! Enjoy!
1. Bloody Lane Trail, Maryland
Home to one of the worst battles of the Civil War, the Bloody Lane Trail found at the Antietam National Battlefield, is a 1.5-mile trail that many say is haunted by the ghosts of the soldiers killed there (from both sides). People say they’ve seen ghosts of soldiers in the area and near the Burnside’s Bridge where some of the soldiers were buried people have seen blue balls of light and heard drumming, gunfire and songs of battle, as well as smelled gunpowder. So, whether you want a spooky walk or just want to learn some history, this is a great trail to take!
2. Bluff Mountain and Punchbowl Shelter, Virginia
In a tale of tragedy over 100 years ago, 4-year-old Ottie Cline Powell left his schoolhouse and ended up dead on the mountain. Some hikers say that they can feel an eerie, unseen presence watching them near the top of the mountain. But, whether you believe in ghosts or not, this trail is still a beautiful one through the forest and is a great way to explore the area as well as check out some local wildlife!
3. Hike to Castle Ruins, Colorado
Back in the early 1900s, John Brisbane Walker had a three-story castle he lived in on Mount Falcon near Morrison. Unfortunately, it was ruined by a lightning strike in 1918 and made unhabitable. Still, if you want to check out the ruins you can find it on the Mount Falcon Trail which is around 2.3 miles long. This is a great hike and will be made even more worthwhile if you learn about the history of the place first!
4. Transept Trail, Utah
In the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, you’ll find the 3-mile trail called the Transept Trail. It is one of the best-known haunted paths in America due to the well-documented stories of hikers who have seen her wandering around at night in her white dress with blue flowers. Legend has it that she is grieving the loss of her husband and son who both died in a hiking accident. Whether these stories are true or not, this is an amazing hike and offers gorgeous views of the canyon so it is well-worth any hikers trip!
5. The Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles
Finally, to end our list this week, we have the Hollywood Sign which is world-famous and resides in Los Angeles. History tells the story and the Modern Hiker adds, that actress Peg Entwhistle, a famous British actress, committed suicide off the Hollywood sign in 1932. They found her purse, shoes, and jacket with a suicide note which read: “I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E.” People visiting the Hollywood sign claim to have seen her ghost fall off the “H” of the sign but vanish before she hits the ground. Others say they’ve seen her on the Griffith Park hiking trails and even around her former home in Beachwood Canyon Drive. Some claim to have smelled her favorite perfume made of gardenias. While her death is a true story, you’ll have to see for yourself if her ghost is real or not by checking out the Hollywood sign and the hiking trails in Griffith Park!
If you visit any of these places and have stories of your own to tell, please comment below! We’d love to hear it!