Guide: Dare You Camp On A Haunted Trail?
Are you a fan of horror films? Do you wish you could incorporate you love for horror films into your vacation and get the full experience of a zombie apocalypse? Well we might just have the thing for you but may we warn you, these horrifying haunts are not for the faint of heart.
Haunted Hikes to Spook-Up Your Vacation
Whether you’re looking to add a bit more spice to your camping trip or you’re already a seasoned ghost hunter, planning a road trip to visit some of the spookiest trails in the US is a great way to make your vacation a little more interesting; but it’s not for the faint hearted. Some of the stories behind them are enough to turn back even the hardiest of souls, so make sure you’re well prepared – and stay on the trail, no matter what you might see or hear. Are you brave enough to venture out of NYC to try one of them?
Bloody Lane Trail, Maryland
The name itself should be enough to send shivers down your spine. The 1862 Civil War battle of Antietam resulted in over 23,000 casualties, and you can walk among the hills where these brave soldiers spent their last moments on Bloody Lane. Visitors have reported the smell of gunpowder and hearing shots fired, even when there is no-one else around – and others have even seen men in army uniform, thinking they were re-enactors until they mysteriously vanished without a trace. Unmarked graves with restless spirits near Burnside Bridge cause balls of light and faint drumming sounds.
Anza Borrego Desert, California
California is a great choice if you’re planning an entire spooky trip – the harsh and bloody early history of this state makes for some truly creepy trails. The Anza Borrego Desert is well known for UFO sightings, and the rich Gold Rush history in this area gives rise to many haunting legends. Phantom stagecoaches near Vallecito and Carrizo Wash pull tales of buried treasure, murder, and betrayal. “Ghost lights” and “fire balls” have been reported in the area since the 1850s, arching into the air and then exploding like fireworks. Pitch your tent at Tamarisk Grove campground, but watch out for the dancing skeletons at nearby Yaqui Well under the full moon.
Chilnualna Falls Trail, California
This trail, located in the beautiful Yosemite National Park, is also one to stay on your guard at. The Chilnualna Falls trail leads you past Grouse Lake, the scene of the tragic drowning of a young boy from a local tribe. When the boy’s spirit senses people coming, it cries out for help, enticing you to the water’s edge to try and assist – but the spirit then grabs you and pulls you down into the dark depths of the lake. Even if you ignore his cries, you might fall foul of Po-ho-no, a spirit haunting the waterfalls nearby which draws you in to marvel at the natural wonders before pushing you over the edge to a watery grave.
Chisos Mountains and Big Bend National Park, Texas
The Chisos mountains are named after the ghosts and spirits who live there – “chisos” means enchantment or spirit in Spanish. Known for its creepy bats, haunting noises, and ghostly spectres, keep an eye out for the paranormal as you walk or canoe in the canyons. Many legends wander these hills, including an Apache maiden who chose leaping to her death over capture by bandits, and a band of lost Spanish warriors.
Iron Goat Trail, Washington State
The site of one of the worst train disasters in US history lies in the Cascade mountains at Stevens Pass. An avalanche triggered in March 1910 pushed two trains off the tracks and down the mountainside, killing 96 people and leaving only 23 survivors. The threat of avalanches led the railroad to be rerouted through other tunnels, leaving these tracks as an eerie reminder of the disaster. The Iron Goat Trail passes along this old route, with hikers reporting disembodied voices, the sounds of the trains and avalanche crashing down the mountain, and even ghostly apparitions of the souls who perished.
Make sure you check out your route thoroughly beforehand and go prepared with enough supplies and appropriate equipment for the terrain and time of year; the natural world can be a tough place, even before you encounter anything supernatural.