Ghost hunting? Tired of haunted houses, haunted jails, and so on? Ready for a breath of fresh air?
As an outdoor enthusiast, I love haunted places in the wild.
That’s one reason I especially enjoyed the book, Haunted Hikes of New Hampshire. It’s a chance to get off-the-beaten-path and discover some of the eeriest haunted sites in New England. (And, in that part of the U.S., that’s saying a lot.)
Of course, other parts of the US have haunted hiking trails and campgrounds. In the warmer weather, you may want to explore them.
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Here’s another video about America’s most haunted campgrounds.
Camping in the UK
In the UK, my first choice for camping – and ghost hunting in the wild – might be Dartmoor. The Paranormal Database lists many ghostly hotspots around Dartmoor. And, if you’re not sure where to camp, this link takes you to camping information for Dartmoor. (Camping / Dartmoor)
(Of note, “As part of a Dartmoor walking expedition, it is acceptable to backpack camp for one or two nights in some areas of open moorland, well away from roads or settlements using a ‘no impact’ approach.” But be sure to read the rest of the related rules.)
If you know of other, genuinely haunted places to camp in the UK, let me know.
Camping in the US
In the US, summer is an ideal season for camping in cooler, northern states. In places like Florida, winter is a better choice.
Start with campgrounds that have verified ghost stories.
The following are a couple of them from an article, 4 Haunted Campgrounds with No Escape. (The full article is linked at the foot of this page.)
If you knew there was a chance you may end up as a late night snack for long lost souls on a feeding frenzy, would you do it? Even knowing you couldn’t get away? All you need to do is pitch a tent. It’s that easy. But you have to know where…
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Site – Nevada County, Calif.
Nevada County is smothered with small ghost towns, but none as haunted as North Bloomfield which was preserved as part of this historic site.
Legend has it, a strict disciplinarian schoolteacher slaughtered a student and hung him from the schoolhouse rafters for answering too many questions incorrectly. It’s said to be the most haunted building in the deserted mining town.
Faces have been seen peering from windows inside of some of the preserved buildings… If you really want to, you can spend the night with them. Pick a spot. Sleep tight.
Big Moose Lake – Adirondacks, New York
The ghost of Grace Brown is said to haunt the area. Brown, unwed and pregnant in 1906, begged the father of the child, Chester Gillette, a well-known womanizer, to marry her. He initially refused and in one her love letters she wrote, “If I die I hope then you can be happy. I hope I can die. The doctor says I will, and then you can do just as you like.”
Gillette finally agreed to the marriage and the couple took a trip to Big Moose Lake to privately tie the knot. But Gillette had ulterior motives. He was accused of killing Brown with a tennis racket while they were in a rowboat in the middle of the lake…
Sometimes the ghost of Brown is seen in the lake drowning while at other times she is seen wandering the lake shore. It’s been reported she likes to turn off lights in cabins and some guests have suddenly found themselves sitting in a darkened room with no explanation.
There are plenty of campsites surrounding Big Moose Lake. Pick one right by the shoreline.
For more details, and additional stories like this, be sure to read 4 Haunted Campgrounds with Nowhere to Escape.