The Scariest Haunted Hiking Trails in the U.S.
Do you love hiking? Do you enjoy ghost stories? Grab a hiking buddy and hit these top haunted trails across the country.
Bloody Lane Trail, MarylandThis 1.5-mile trail in Antietam National Battlefield was the site of one of the deadliest Civil War battles in 1862. As a result, visitors report seeing ghostly soldiers both day and night. Many soldiers are buried around Burnside’s Bridge, and phenomena include witnessing balls of blue light, hearing drumming, gunfire and battlefield songs and smelling gunpowder. 960 1280
Chilnualna Falls Trail, CaliforniaYosemite National Park is home to some of the country’s most beautiful (and deadly) hiking paths. The Mist Trail is more popular for its two gushing waterfalls, but the Chilnualna Falls Trail is more haunted (and boasts three waterfalls). The difficult 8.4-mile loop passes Grouse Lake, where, according to Awahnechee tribal legend, the cries of a young boy who drowned in the lake can still be heard, and anyone who jumps into the lake looking for the boy will also drown. 960 1280
Chilnualna Falls Trail, CaliforniaThe other American Indian legend awaits at the highest waterfall, where an evil spirit named Pohono pushes those who get too close over the 240-foot edge. (It goes without saying, but never walk too close to the edge of a waterfall in the first place for safety reasons.) 960 1280
Long Path, New YorkIt’s not the easiest to find, but follow the Long Path to Thiells in Rockland County and it will eventually pass Letchworth Village Cemetery, a sprawling plot with hundreds of T-shaped markers instead of tombstones. The markers bear numbers, not names, and serves as the final resting place for residents of Letchworth Village, a nearby mental institution built in 1911 for the “epileptic and feeble-minded.” The asylum housed mostly children, who lived in overcrowded conditions and were subjected to clinical drug trials—most notoriously an experimental polio vaccine. Patients were also victims of abuse and extreme neglect, which was documented by ABC News in the ‘70s.