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11 Haunted Hikes That Will Give You the Chills

Ghostly tales and unsolved mysteries will send a chill down your spine on these spooky hikes.

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Ghost House Trail, Big Ridge State Park, TN

This trail is so haunted that Big Ridge State Park went ahead and named it accordingly.  Hikers near the historic Hutchinson compound still claim to…

This trail is so haunted that Big Ridge State Park went ahead and named it accordingly. Hikers near the historic Hutchinson compound still claim to hear the panting of an approaching dog (though none can ever be found). Even spookier still, the ghostly silhouettes of family are said to appear in any photographs taken at the family cemetery. [image: Dieter Weinelt / Flickr]

Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington, MA

Bash Bish Falls plunges nearly sixty feet into a pool below, and according to legend, a young Mohican woman was bound to a canoe and sent over the…

Bash Bish Falls plunges nearly sixty feet into a pool below, and according to legend, a young Mohican woman was bound to a canoe and sent over the falls. Years later, her daughter took her own life by jumping off of the same falls. Today, hikers still claim that they spot the silhouette of a woman behind the water. [photo: Jaine / Flickr]

Greenleaf Huts, NH

The huts along this White Mountains route are haunted by the spirit of Ben Campbell, the former hutmaster who died while hiking in Scotland and never…

The huts along this White Mountains route are haunted by the spirit of Ben Campbell, the former hutmaster who died while hiking in Scotland and never fulfilled his position at Lakes of the Clouds. Hikers have reported hearing heavy footsteps in the night and seeing Campbell’s boots (left there as a memorial by his family) moved to different locations. [photo: Christopher Schmidt / Flickr]

Mount Chocorua, Albany, NH

Legends of betrayal and vengeance surround this haunted peak.  Believing that his neighbor had murdered his son, the mountain’s namesake, Chocorua,…

Legends of betrayal and vengeance surround this haunted peak. Believing that his neighbor had murdered his son, the mountain’s namesake, Chocorua, killed the man’s entire family in return. With his dying breath, Chocorua allegedly cursed all white settlers. Summit it on an 8.4-mile out-and-back. [image: Whit Andrews / Flickr]

Grouse Lake & Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA

Hikers who follow the 8.4-mile Chilnualna Falls Trail to Grouse Lake may hear the whimpering of a young boy who wandered away from his tribe and…

Hikers who follow the 8.4-mile Chilnualna Falls Trail to Grouse Lake may hear the whimpering of a young boy who wandered away from his family and drowned in the waters. Resist the urge to investigate: Rumor has it that anyone trying to rescue the child will be pulled under to a watery grave. [photo: nijaba / Flickr]

Transept Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

The Wailing Woman of Transept Trail has become one of the Canyon’s most well known visitors.  The Woman can be seen pacing the trail in a white dress…

The Wailing Woman of Transept Trail has become one of the Canyon’s most well known visitors. The Woman can be seen pacing the trail in a white dress dotted with blue flowers and, as her name suggests, she cries as she walks. Plus, check out spooky archeological ruins as you make your way along the North Rim. [photo: NPS]

Norton Creek Trail, Great Smoky Mountains, NC

Cherokee legend warns of Spearfinger, a witch that supposedly haunts Norton Creek and feasts on wayward children.  There is, however, a friendlier…

Cherokee legend warns of Spearfinger, a witch that supposedly haunts Norton Creek and feasts on wayward children. There is, however, a friendlier ghost in the same area. More than a few lost hikers have reportedly been led to safety by a mysterious floating light. [image: Wikimedia]

Bluff Mountain and Punchbowl Shelter, VA

Bluff Mountain and the nearby Punchbowl Shelter are apparently home to the mischievous spirit of four-year-old Ottie Cline Powell, who perished on…

Bluff Mountain and the nearby Punchbowl Shelter are apparently home to the mischievous spirit of four-year-old Ottie Cline Powell, who perished on the mountain over 100 years ago after wandering away from his schoolhouse. AT hikers regularly report encounters, particularly while sleeping in Punchbowl. [image: Ryan Somma / Flickr]

Spruce Railroad Trail, Olympic National Park, WA

The black depths of Lake Crescent are rumored to be home to the Lady of the Lake. Hallie Latham Illingworth was murdered by her husband in 1937 and…

The black depths of Lake Crescent are rumored to be home to the Lady of the Lake. Hallie Latham Illingworth was murdered by her husband in 1937 and her mummified body was discovered by fishermen 3 years later. Keep one eye out for her lingering ghost on the 8-mile loop trail. [image: Ericncindy24 / Flickr]

Mammoth Cave, KY

Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest cave system, and with over 150 documented paranormal occurrences, it may also be the most haunted. For a brief…

Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest cave system, and with over 150 documented paranormal occurrences, it may also be the most haunted. For a brief period, the cave served as a center for tuberculosis patients. At Corpse Rock, where patients’ bodies were laid before burial, ghostly coughing can still be heard. [photo: Joanna Poe / Flickr]

Iron Goat Trail, Stevens Pass, WA

This 5.7-mile loop has a gentle grade and a not-so-happy history.  One of the worst railroad disasters in US history occurred here in 1910 when an…

This 5.7-mile loop has a gentle grade and a not-so-happy history. One of the worst railroad disasters in US history occurred here in 1910 when an avalanche derailed two passenger trains. Nearly 100 lives were lost. Although the tracks have since been relocated, hikers can still peer into the dark abysses of its many abandoned tunnels. [image: Ben Tesch / Flickr]