Pennsylvania is famous for many things - steel, Philly Cheesesteaks and The Amish - but a less well-known facet of the Keystone State is the number of glorious hiking trails that also happen to be haunted. The tortured spirits of tragic lovers, murderous jewel-thieves and a dead children are said to stalk the trails of Pennsylvania, and you can enjoy the stark beauty of the countryside while testing your mettle; are you brave enough to find out whether the stories are true?
From a group of vanished teenage campers, to a lonesome boy and his dog, the ghostly apparitions come in many forms, with some that you can see, and some that you can hear. While Pennsylvania isn't the only state with haunted hiking trail routes, its ghosts are definitely some of the most varied. Let's take a look at some of the spookiest and most haunted trails that Pennsylvania has to offer.
PittsvilleOut in Vanango County, hikers and campers have long enjoyed exploring the woods, particularly around Pittsville where there is a well-known campsite. One night, a group of teenaged girls were camping in Pittsville, only to disappear; their camp and belongings were left untouched, but the girls were never seen again. If you're brave enough to traverse the woods at night, it is said that plaintive screams can sometimes be heard, as the girls call for help that never came.
Beulah Road on Wopsononock MountainWhat are the elements for the perfect ghost story? If you said an old hotel gutted by fire, a pair of tragic lovers eloping from a disapproving family, and an unpronounceable mountain, then you'd be right. Beulah Road on Wopsononock Mountain is the home of the Lady in White, or the White Lady of Wopsononock. Many years ago, two young lovers ran from their families and were married, and were travelling up Beulah Road to spend their honeymoon in the hotel. In their haste to escape the bride's vengeful father, their carriage came off the road and plummeted over the edge of the surrounding cliffs. The bride's body was recovered, but the groom's was never found. Now, the Lady in White is a familiar sight on Beulah Road, wandering forlornly up and down, searching for her missing love.
Fort RoberdeauFort Roberdeau was built in 1778, near the town of Altoona in the Sinking Valley. Early in it's existence, the fort was the subject of a night attack by Native Americans, who felt the fort encroached upon their ancestral lands. When the survivors began to take stock the following morning, they found the body of a little boy and his dog. Visitors today report that at sundown, the ghostly spectres of the boy and his dog can be seen walking around the edges of the fort, searching for their lost community.
Pennsylvania is one of the oldest of all the American states, and has a commensurate level of history, and so it's no surprise that it's also home to a plethora of hauntings. The only question is, have you got the courage to see them for yourself?