The Scariest Haunted Hiking Trails in America

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Fake haunted houses and spooky hay rides are everywhere as soon as summer is officially over. Some are more believable than others; others seem absolutely genuine, considering the frank and open accounts of people’s personal encounters with what they believe to be ghosts.

Haunted places make for a very interesting campfire story, but it doesn’t always have to be a tale of evil spirits trying to kill people. Sometimes the ghost is actually trying to help hikers find their way back to civilization.

If you enjoy embarking on paranormal adventures and experiencing strange sites, then the following hikes are some of your best options. But prepare yourself because it is likely that you will hear unsettling noises and see strange things.

You may have already walked through a haunted hike, but you just didn’t know it. From Rhode Island to California, they are located all over the country.

1. Spruce Railroad Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

Avoid hiking along the 8-mile long Spruce Railroad Trail. The black depths of Lake Crescent are rumored to be home to the Lady of the Lake. Hallie Latham Illingworth was killed by her husband in 1937, and her decomposed body was discovered three years later. She supposedly now wanders the loop for help. There are stories of cars plunging into the water never to be seen again.

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