In the paranormal world, strange things that happen and the US National Park Services go hand in hand. But most scary stories set in the outdoors are about Bigfoot, missing people, or UFO reports. Ghosts that look like regular, old-fashioned ghosts don’t fit in with the National Parks vibe. Still, if you believe in ghosts, you would be wrong to think that these natural wonders are empty of ghosts.
Here is the different stories about ghosts that have been seen in the United States’ National Park system, which was named by Congress. Some stories are about ghostly things that happen, like poltergeist activity or time going missing. But these ten stories are about strange things that can only be explained by the spirit of someone staying with us in the future.
The Tales of Ghost Hauntings in U.S. National Parks
The Battle of Gettysburg
The supposed but fake reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg is not only the most common ghost in a national park, it may be the most common haunting in the whole country. The well-known Civil War battle happened in the summer of 1863 and killed more than 7,000 men on both sides. Ultimately, the Union won both Gettysburg and the Civil War. In 1895, the battlefield was named a National Historic Place, and it is now known as a National Park.
Edgar Watson at the Everglades
However, the Dry Tortugas is not Florida’s most famous National Park, and the swampy ghost stories in Everglades National Park are much more interesting. Edgar Watson was the owner of a farm and a serial killer. In 1910, Chokoloskee villagers shot and killed him in the vast swamplands. He was known to kill his own servants, most of whom were black, and anyone who broke into his land without permission.
Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave
The National Park Service designated Mammoth Cave in 1941. It is a famous tourist spot just northeast of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Mammoth Cave has more than 400 miles (644 kilometers) of tunnels that have been mapped out. It is the biggest cave structure ever discovered, but there are still a lot of places that haven’t been found. However, before it was turned into a park, the cave was a tourist draw owned by Dr. John Croghan, who used slaves to run the tours.
The Horse Ghost of Big Bend
There is no place in the mainland United States that is farther away from people than Big Bend National Park. Big Bend is at the very bottom of Texas, right next to the Rio Grande River. It has a reputation for the supernatural that is even bigger than Yosemite’s, with reports of aliens and chupacabras seen everywhere. But it’s the strange ghost of a white horse that makes Big Bend National Park worthy of being on this list.
Diana of the Dunes
These sand dunes are at the southern end of Lake Michigan. They were made a U.S. National Park in 1966. The sands, on the other hand, have been enjoyed by many since the 1910s. Alice Mabel Gray was one of these dune climbers. She was so unhappy with her job in Chicago that she quit and ran away to the wilds of Indiana to live without any electricity or phone service. Some people say she liked her new natural home so much that she chose to stay in the afterlife too.