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 3 of our unique and spooky hiking paths series! Enjoy!
1. Ghost House Trail, Tennessee
In Big Ridge State Park, which is located in the Appalachian (or Smokey) Mountains, you’ll hear a tale of death and hauntings. Supposedly a woman was hung in that park for being a witch, there was an actual American Indian scalping (you can find a plaque for this one on the Indian Rock Trail), and you’ll find the abandoned home of the Hutchinson family. Back in the 1800s, Mary Hutchinson died of tuberculosis, and even after the family moved away neighbors still report the sights and sounds of ghosts in the area. You may even hear the ghost of their dog running and panting behind you!
2. Spruce Railroad Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington
Back in 1937, it’s said that Hallie Latham Illingworth’s husband killed her and only three years later was her mummified body found by a fisherman. Now she haunts Lake Crescent and people in the area call her “The Lady of the Lake.” So, if you decide to hike along this 8-mile trail, you might want to be wary. You never know if some cold, ghostly hands might reach forward and push you into the water too!
3. Hike to the Dam that Flooded Denver
In 1933 a dam broke and covered Denver in four feet of water. If you’d like to see the ruins of this infamous dam you can travel to Castlewood Canyon State Park. The trail is less than a half-mile long so it’s an easy hike for any level. And while it isn’t said to be haunted, it can still run shivers up and down your spine to think of all the lives that could have been lost!
4. Iron Goat Trail, Washington
Railroad accidents aren’t a thing of the past and, while not completely common, certainly aren’t unheard of. But one of the worst railroad accidents to ever occur in the history of the United States happened on the Iron Goat Trail in Washington state! Back in 1910 two trains were knocked right off the tracks by an avalanche and killed nearly 100 people! Of course, after the incident, the tracks were abandoned and trains rerouted to safer tracks, but hikers still enjoy going along the old tracks and tunnels and claim to hear screams and other sounds from the crash haunting those tracks. You can check it out for yourself in the ghost town of Wellington, but you can’t go into the tunnels as they may collapse any day, nor can hikers go on the trails at night as they aren’t safe. But you can still have a spookily awesome time during the day!
5. Big Bend National Park, Texas
For most people, Big Bend is known for its bats. (shudder) But it has also made a name for itself due to the numerous hauntings that have been sighted in the area like a horse who wants revenge on those who branded it with the word “murder,” Spanish warriors looking for a fight, and even a betrayed Indian chief who wants vengeance on those who betrayed him! So, if you’re looking for an eerie good time on your next nighttime hike, Big Bend is a great place to start!
If you visit any of these places and have stories of your own to tell, please comment below! We’d love to hear it!