Where the spooky things go
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a dark tourist, or just looking to live some of your own ghost stories, there are many campsites around the U.S. happy to oblige. So, get your electromagnetic field meters (EMF) equipment and your voice recorders around, because you’ll want to capture every moment of these haunted campgrounds!
A schoolhouse with a terrible past
People learn a lot in school, but in the 1800s, the class got a lesson in murder. Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is home to several ghosts throughout the many historic buildings located on the grounds, but the most haunted is believed to be the old schoolhouse.
When you’re walking around the campground, making your way to the schoolhouse, be sure to look to the windows of various buildings where guests have spotted ghosts in pictures they’ve taken. However, no building is as chilling as the schoolhouse.
Take a trip inside, if you dare, and stand at the foot of the ladder leading up. Be sure to take a lot of pictures and listen for any strange sounds of creaking rafters as they were the sight of the grizzly murder so long ago.
A tragic tale of love and loss
While staying at the Silver Strand State Beach, you may catch a glimpse of a young woman who stayed at the Hotel Del Coronado, but never left her room alive again. Heartbroken and with nowhere to turn, the heartsick woman took her own life in the hotel and is said to spend her nights strolling the shoreline, crying out her lost lover’s name.
If you’re looking for a glimpse of this young woman, be sure to travel up the shore toward the hotel. If you don’t catch her at the water’s edge, look to the third floor of the hotel where she may still be lingering, looking out the window, waiting for her lover to join her. Who knows, if you camp close to the hotel, she may join your beach party.
Haunting in the Adirondacks
A pregnant single mother at the turn of the century, and a murder involving a tennis racket and a capsized boat all lead to a haunting like no other at Big Moose Lake.
Visitors and workers have reported seeing the disembodied figure of a young woman floating across the lake and the nearby shore. Whether she’s looking for the lover she trusted with her life, or she’s seeking to pull others into the watery depths with her, we may never know.
A light in the dark
When staying at Mount Madonna State Park, the haunting will find you! Be prepared to see lights turning on in the nearby inn when no one is around, or the voice of a girl crying out for help in the dark of the night. Visitors have even seen a spectral image of a young woman standing in various locations, staring off into space. The spirit is thought to be that of Sarah Miller, the daughter of a wealthy landowner who was killed nearby in a tragic horse-riding accident.
A haunting that got the police involved
When it comes to old battlegrounds, you can expect there to be a fair share of ghosts involved. At National Historic Landmark Fort Mifflin, you’ll get more than you bargained for. There are 14 buildings in all, and each of them is haunted by their own host of spirits, but if you’re staying nearby, there’s only one you need to listen for. A young woman screaming inside the compound caught the attention of the Philadelphia police, who turned up to investigate. However, when they walked through the compound, they couldn’t find a source for the cries.
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