What are the scariest places in the world? Transylvania? A New Orleans cemetery? An abandoned, haunted asylum?
If traveling through the continental United States, try a national park. Though national parks are mainly thought of as places to get back to nature, they’re also great spots to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Among the frights awaiting are haunted caverns, woodland witches, alien skies, and even stalking bigfoots.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Sightings at the Kentucky caverns date to before the Civil War. They range from apparitions of slaves to the phantom coughs of tuberculosis victims buried at a park cemetery. But the most common sighting is of Stephan Bishop, a former slave who explored the cave and whose remains rest at the Old Guide Cemetery. The best chance of seeing Bishop’s ghost is on the Violet City Lantern Tour, in which you walk through the…
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