50 Of The Creepiest Places In The U.S.
AKA your road trip to nightmares.
2. Cahawba in Cahawba, Alabama
Cahawba was Alabama’s first state capital, but by the early 20th century, most of the residents had moved and many buildings fell into disrepair. Nowadays it stands as a ghost town. Legend has it that a mysterious glowing orb known as Pegue’s ghost haunts a long-gone maze behind the home of Colonel C.C. Pegue.
3. Kenai Cemetery in Kenai, Alaska
This cemetery may look quaint and lovely, but there are spirits here. Two ghosts in particular have been sighted. One is a woman named Marie, and the other is an old man named Johnson, who reportedly tends to the graves.
4. Vulture Mine in Vulture City, Arizona
People began mining here in 1863, and by 1866, the Vulture City settlement had been created. A 200-year-old tree was used to hang 18 men before the town was abandoned. You can tour the town today, but beware of the spirits of former residents, like the one who made this piano play on its own.
5. The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Built in 1886, the Crescent Hotel is said to be home to many ghosts. People have claimed to see the ghost of a nurse and hands coming out of a mirror, and have heard screaming sounds. Of course, you can book a tour and find out for yourself.
6. Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
According to the house’s website, Sarah Winchester inherited a lot of money after her husband’s death. She bought an unfinished farmhouse and began construction that would eventually turn it into a four-story, 160-room mansion. Legend says that Winchester built the mansion to house spirits, so it contains many oddities like stairs that lead nowhere and windows that look into other rooms.
7. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado
This hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining, so you know it’s probably haunted AF. It’s said that the old owners, F.O. Stanley and his wife, Flora, still sometimes even seen playing the piano in the Music Room or just hanging and freaking people out in the Billiards Room.
8. Holy Land USA in Waterbury, Connecticut
Holy Land was a religious theme park that once attracted many devoted visitors. However, it closed in 1984, and since then, it’s lain abandoned and forgotten, though attempts have been made to revive it. But a sinister air overcame Holy Land in 2010, when 16-year-old Chloe Ottman was murdered here.
9. Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lewes, Delaware
Sure, it may look like a parking lot, but there’s a haunting backstory to this ferry terminal. It’s located above a mass grave for unknown sailors. Some suspect that the remains of 300 sailors are buried here. People have supposedly seen the ghost of a man in the gift shop area, heard loud crying sounds, and smelled mysterious cigar smoke. *Shudders*
10. The Ellis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia
This hotel was previously known as the Winecoff Hotel, and it was the site of a tragic hotel fire in 1946, where 119 people perished. These days, people have said they’ve seen ghostly faces in the windows, heard noise in empty hallways, and noticed tools that rearranged themselves.
11. Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida
This museum makes the creepy list because of one thing: Robert the doll. Just look at him. He is TERRIFYING. He once belonged to a boy named Robert Eugene Otto, who grew up to design the gallery at the museum. Some accounts have Robert moving around by himself, his facial expressions changing, and cameras malfunctioning in his presence.
12. Morganâs Corner in Nuuanu, Honolulu, Hawaii
Morgan’s Corner was named after Dr. James Morgan, but the bend gained notoriety in 1948 after a woman named Therese Wilder was found murdered there. Its tragic past ensures its consideration as a haunted spot, and people continue to conduct paranormal investigations there.
13. Lewiston Civic Theatre in Lewiston, Idaho
In 1982, Steven Pearsall, a janitor working at the theatre, went missing and was never seen alive again. Two women, Kristina Nelson, a former employee of the theatre, and Brandy Miller, also disappeared that night, and likely passed by the theatre on their way to pick up laundry. Their bodies were found two years later. Nowadays, people working in the theatre have said they felt a presence or saw apparitions, making the Lewiston Civic Theatre a true place of mystery.
14. Bachelorâs Grove Cemetery in Midlothian, Illinois
According to Ursula Bielski, this small cemetery had its first burial in 1844. Not much is known about it. Some claim to have seen a black dog, a white Madonna, and even a phantom farmhouse. And if you need any more reasons to be creeped out, here’s a photo of one of the apparitions, taken in 1991 by Judy Huff Felz. NOPE.
15. Edna Collins Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana
Legend has it that a young girl played near the creek that this covered bridge crosses over. Supposedly the girl’s parents would drive over the bridge and honk three times, which was the signal for her to come join them. But one day, she didn’t come, and she was discovered dead in the creek. Now they say if you honk three times, her ghost may come to visit you.
16. Villisca Ax Murder House in Villisca, Iowa
In 1912, this house was the scene of a grisly murder. Josiah and Sarah Moore, their four children, and the young Stillinger sisters, who were visiting, were all viciously murdered with an ax. Creepier still, the murderer left uneaten food out, covered each victim’s face with a cloth, and draped linens over all mirrors and windowpanes. The case remains unsolved, but you can visit this house and stay overnight if you dare.
17. LeHunt in Sycamore, Kansas
There’s little information out there about LeHunt, except that it now stands as a ghost town. Apparently the town was once supported by the Kansas Portland Cement Company, and the eerie remains of the plant can be reached by hiking. Supposedly a worker by the name of Bohr or Boars died at the plant, and the other employees created a memorial, encasing his wheelbarrow, shovel, and pickax in the wall, which can still be seen.
18. Mammoth Cave National Park in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
This area contains the longest cave system in the world, which means there’s plenty of space for scary happenings. In addition to being mined for saltpeter, the caves were used to house tuberculosis patients in 1842 by a doctor who thought the cave vapors would cure them. So it’s very possible that the ghosts of dead sick people are wandering around, especially since people reported seeing objects move on their own and hearing voices.
19. Six Flags in New Orleans, Louisiana
This spot isn’t haunted, but that doesn’t make it any less creepy. The park flooded during Hurricane Katrina and the wind and water damage made it almost completely unsalvageable. It’s been used as a filming location for movies like Jurassic World. In addition to the unnerving wreckage, people have also seen alligators hanging out here.
20. Owls Head Light in Owls Head, Maine
Owls Head Light is a lighthouse that was built in 1825. Lighthouses are pretty eerie in themselves, and this one is said to be visited by two ghosts. Some say they’ve heard doors slam when no one was around and seen mysterious footprints of workmen’s boots after snow or rain. But don’t worry, these ghosts are said to be friendly.
21. Edgar Allen Poe House in Baltimore, Maryland
Poe’s house has been featured on the show Ghost Detective and is roughly a mile away from where he is buried in the Westminster Burying Ground. There have been varying arguments as to whether it’s ~actually~ haunted, but Poe house curator Jeff Jerome told the New York Times that “this house gives [him] the creeps.”
22. The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts
You’ve probably heard the rhyme, before but do you know the actual details? In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally murdered with an ax in their home. Lizzie Borden was accused of committing the crime and arrested, but she was eventually acquitted. However, she and her sister never returned.The house was turned into a bed-and-breakfast in 1996, so you can sleep in the room where Abby Borden was murdered, if you dare.
23. Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota
In 1977, Elisabeth Congdon and her night nurse, Velma Pietila, were murdered in this mansion by Congdon’s son-in-law, Roger Caldwell. Elisabeth’s ghost is said to haunt the mansion, causing lights to flicker and objects to move on their own.
24. Pere Cheney in Pere Cheney, Michigan
This town was established in 1873 and was once home to 1,500 people. However, diseases wiped out much of the town’s population, and now all that remains is the cemetery, because of course. Some people say the town was cursed by a witch — and have heard the sound of children giggling in the cemetery.
25. McRaven House in Vicksburg, Mississippi
This is known as Mississippi’s most haunted house, and for good reason. Former owner John H. Bobb was shot and killed by Union soldiers near the house, and there are 11 unknown bodies buried around the property. Some say they’ve seen the ghost of a young bride and have noticed a tea set rearranging itself when no one’s looking.
26. Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri
The Lemp Mansion was built in the 1860s as a residence and home to the William J. Lemp Brewing Company. In 1904, overcome with grief after the death of his youngest son, Frederick, William Lemp Sr. shot himself. In the following years, his other children, Billy, Elsa, and Charles, would also go on to shoot themselves in the mansion. Because of this, many say the Lemp residence is haunted, with people claiming to have seen the spirits of Elsa and Charles.
27. The Old Montana Territorial Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana
The Old Montana Territorial Prison was active for 108 years, and during that time many men were hanged. It’s said that the remains of the prison are now haunted by the spirits of these men. This unsettling facility has been spotlighted by Ghost Adventures, where the crew experienced active haunting energy and anomalies.
28. Hummel Park in Omaha, Nebraska
Over the last several years, unsettling incidents, like the discovery of a body, have taken place at Hummel Park — and with tragic death comes reports of bizarre and unsettling hauntings. The creepiest part of this entire park is at the bottom of the stairs, where many are said to have spotted haunting apparitions.
29. The Mackay Mansion in Virginia City, Nevada
The Mackay Mansion is said to be haunted by many spirits — including small children. Johnny Depp has stayed at this mansion while filming, and it was reported that the apparition of a young girl appeared to him. Other visitors have reportedly witnessed these unsettling apparitions as well.
30. Gilson Road Cemetery in Nashua, New Hampshire
There have been a lot of bizarre happenings at Gilson Road Cemetery, including feeling eerie temperature changes and sighting chillingly odd orbs of light. According to paranormal researcher Fiona Broome, “there are more reports of activity there than at any other New Hampshire cemetery.”
31. The Gates of Hell in Clifton, New Jersey
This place is just as chilling as its name. Located in Clifton, The Gates of Hell leads to unsettling underground passages. It’s said that people hear eerie whispers coming from the depths of the tunnels, which are impenetrably dark. Just don’t wander too far down if you want to make it out alive.
32. Dawson Cemetery in Dawson, New Mexico
Not one, but two tragic mining accidents happened in this town in the early 1900s. The city became officially abandoned in 1950. Aside from the cemetery, little remains. It’s said that visitors have seen shadowy apparitions within the cemetery, many wearing miner’s helmets.
33. The Amityville Horror House in Amityville, New York
In 1975, the Lutz family experienced abnormal happenings within their home, which became inspiration for The Amityville Horror. Butch DeFeo previously murdered his family in the home years before, and the Lutz family claimed to hear gunfire around 3 a.m. as well as unexplainable noises, oozy liquid appearing from the walls, and unsettling music. The infamous ghost photo of a small boy was taken during a supernatural investigation by Ed and Lorraine Warren.
34. Brown Mountain Lights in Brown Mountain, North Carolina
The Brown Mountain lights are supposedly unexplainable lights that appear after dark. When a paranormal team attempted to investigate the cause, they were able to pick up eerie activity. It’s still not determined if the lights occur due to otherworldly activity or something even more sinister.
35. San Haven Sanatorium in San Haven, North Dakota
What used to be a tuberculosis sanatorium, built in 1909, is now and eerily abandoned building that has been compared to the sanatorium on American Horror Story. The facility looks extremely unsettling — even in broad daylight — and is said to be haunted by those who died there.
36. Moonville Tunnel in MacArthur, Ohio
Moonville is an abandoned railway town, but the eeriest place within its limits is the Moonville Tunnel. Said to be haunted by an apparition of a brakeman who reportedly accidentally fell to his death in 1859, people have claimed to have seen his shadowy figure haunting the tunnel.
37. Old Santa Fe Depot in Guthrie, Oklahoma
This old railway station is said to be haunted by spirits, most specifically in the basement. In fact, an infrared camera was able to capture a strange apparition as well as an eerily swinging pendulum that swung three times before stopping cold. The Santa Fe Depot still stands, so you can go and see for yourself if you dare.
38. Shanghai Tunnels in Portland, Oregon
The Shanghai Tunnels run under the city of Portland and are said to be haunted. However, these tunnels may have had a tragic history. It’s said that people were drugged and forced through these tunnels to be sold into labor off the harbor. It’s now believed that victims haunt the tunnels — but you can see for yourself by signing up for a tour.
39. Centralia in Centralia, Pennsylvania
What once was a mining town of 2,000 people is now an eerily abandoned city after an underground mine fire in 1962 could not be quelled. Steam rises through cracks in the cement due to boiling groundwater, making the creepy atmosphere even more unsettling. Warning signs to stay away litter the area, but people still travel to visit since the movie Silent Hill is said to be based on its location.
40. The Perron Family Home, aka The Conjuring house in Harrisville, Rhode Island
The 2013 blockbuster was based on true events a family experienced while residing in this house for 10 years, including having an exorcist team open a door within the home that could never be closed. The Perron family also said they saw full-body apparitions while living there, as well as bizarre behavior from bats who’d circle the home. The home is still standing, although new owners do not welcome trespassers onto their property, so don’t bother them.
41. Old Tuberculosis Sanitarium in Greenville, South Carolina
Although this was the Hopewell Sanitarium up until the 1950s, it was also used afterward as an asylum before it burned down. Today it stands as a public park, and it’s said that the boiler room is still standing, making it one of the most active areas of the park. Many have reported hearing eerie screaming and shadowy apparitions after dark.
42. The Historic Bullock Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota
This is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S., haunted by none other than the person it’s named after, Seth Bullock, who died inside the hotel in 1919. The basement in particular is said to be crawling with activity, where it’s been reported that glasses fly off shelves and a presence is felt. Many guests even reported catching whiffs of a cigar or seeing Bullock’s image in a mirror.
43. The Bell Witch Cave in Adams, Tennessee
The Bell Witch Cave is said to be occupied by the spirit of a witch that haunted and eventually murdered John Bell — the owner of the property — in 1817. It was reported that even Andrew Jackson was terrified by his experience after traveling there. Blair Witch Project is based on this legend.
44. U.S.S. Lexington in Corpus Cristi, Texas
Over 400 people died aboard this WWII ship. People have reported hearing bone-chilling screams from the engine room, and others have spotted uniformed apparitions lingering on the ship. The U.S.S. Lexington has been featured on Ghost Hunters, but you can experience it for yourself by scheduling a tour.
45. The Remains of the Ted Bundy House in Salt Lake City, Utah
Ted Bundy is an infamous serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who brutally murdered 41 people, mostly women. The house itself was demolished in 2006, and the only thing that remains of this home is the cellar, where it’s said Bundy would hide his victims. Although it can be tricky to get to, it is still accessible.
46. University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont
If you’re looking into college and are a big fan of hauntings, consider the University of Vermont. It’s said that this university has a total of 14 haunted buildings, including dorms. In fact, you can read about one student’s chilling experience in Converse Hall here. Students have reported hearing unnatural banging noises, an apparition of a woman in a long dress, and unexplainable loss of property.
47. St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford, Virginia
Said to be one of the most actively haunted place on the East Coast, St. Albans Sanatorium was known to perform experimental treatments on its mental patients. This often led to death or suicide. Many have reported seeing apparitions and shadows, hearing disturbing and threatening voices, seeing materials that levitate by themselves, and having physical contact with the unknown. If you’re brave enough, you can take a tour for yourself.
48. Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington
Before this theater opened in 1927, it’s said that construction crews demolished a woman’s home in order to make room. Hauntings from this theater are believed to be from Judy, the woman who used to reside there. Many have reported eerie experiences like cold air, mysterious light, chilling voices, and a rustling skirt. Ghost Hunters also explored the Mount Baker Theatre on one of its episodes.
49. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia
According to its website, this psychiatric hospital, which opened in 1864, was forced to close in 1994 after extreme overcrowding and poor treatment of patients, which led to several deaths. Now it is said to be one of the most haunted places in West Virginia. Many have experienced hearing chilling voices, feeling unexplainable pressure and temperature drops, and seeing haunting apparitions. It has also been featured on episodes of Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures.
50. Summerwind Mansion in West Bay Lake, Wisconsin
In the 1970s, Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw lived in this mansion, built in the early 1900s, with their family. Unexplainable things happened during their short six-month stay, including the family hearing voices, discovering windows and doors that would close and open on their own, and allegedly finding human remains behind a closet. Both Arnold and Ginger were so distraught by these disturbing happenings that Arnold experienced a mental breakdown and Ginger attempted suicide. In 1988, lightning struck the mansion and it burned to the ground. There are current plans to renovate it, but currently only remains exist.
51. F.E. Warren Air Force Base in F.E. Warren, Wyoming
As one of the most haunted military bases in the United States, here there have been many chilling reports of unnatural happenings. One captain reported hearing a voice slowly singing a very creepy rendition of the children’s nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosey,” and another woman reported seeing shadowy apparitions in the middle of the night. If you’re brave enough, you can actually take a tour around this base.