When most people think of hiking, they think of a nice serene stroll through the woods or a rewarding challenge. But most avid hikers probably have a story or two about some trails that seemed a bit off. Be it ghosts, killers, devils or gates to hell, these haunted hikes from around the globe take the cake on creepy.
So before you go on your next outdoor adventure, you might want to research some of these insanely spooky spots, or you could end up wandering some of the creepiest trails on the map. If you're into that sort of thing, great, but if not, you have been warned...
Screams and Laughter in the Haunted Forest
Tucked in the hills east of Los Angeles sits Cobb Estate, which is known by locals as the "haunted forest." This 107 acre nature preserve was once a beautiful Victorian vacation destination in the early 1900s. The grounds included a 70-room hotel, a petting zoo, a tavern, and a casino. It was known as "White City," until it was destroyed by a series of landslides, windstorms and wildfires in 1938, around the time of original owner Charles Cobb's death.
After being bought and sold by a few different organizations, the property eventually fell into the hands of the Marx Brothers in 1956. It was around this time that strange noises and rumors of apparitions began to haunt the now decrepit manor. Eventually, perhaps for that very reason, it was abandoned once again.
The rotting house became a hideout for miscreants, wayward teens and junkies and was eventually torn down after multiple arrests were made on the property by local police. The town then proposed turning it into a cemetery, but the townsfolk disagreed, already afraid of apparitions and decreasing property value. Cobb Estate was bought by conservationists and turned into a park.
The stone stairs and a few scattered railroad tracks are all that remain of the once grand "White City," yet the estate still attracts tourists and ghost hunters on a regular basis. The Los Angeles Ghost Patrol states, "People report negative feelings, being “watched” or even touched, strange lights, laughter, screams, along with tales of Satanic rituals and KKK gatherings."
Thousands of Bodies Pulled from Snake Hill - New Jersey
Snake Hill in Secaucus New Jersey is probably one of the most haunted plots of land in the entire United States. From the moment the first settlers set foot on this cursed hill it's been nothing but a dumping ground for New Jersey's most unwanted inhabitants.
What started in 2003 with one man's quest to find his grandfather Leonardo Andriani's grave, would eventually become the site for the country's largest excavation of bodies in U.S. history, which would end up tallying roughly 15,000 bodies in total.
It turns out that the land surrounding Snake Hill was previously home to pour houses, an insane asylum, a tuberculosis hospital, county jail and a juvenile detention center. Many of the dead from these locations were buried beneath the New Jersey Turnpike and forgotten.
The corpses of the unfortunate souls who died in this area at that time would eventually end up in the Hudson County Burial Grounds. To this day, nobody is exactly sure how many bodies may still remain in the 190 acres under the 200-foot-tall hill, however the land is free to roam and now home of a few parks and sports fields.
Rides to die for at Okpo Land - South Korea
There are two ways to get to the place where Okpo Land, aka Korea's most horrible amusement park, once stood — Brave the guarded gate and most likely get yelled at in Korean by an ornery old lady or hike roughly mile along a windy, narrow path up a small mountain in Okpo-dong, South Korea.
This once popular theme park's unique duck ride is about as mysterious as they come. The ride purportedly crashed sometime in the early 1990's and at least one patron of the park was killed and several others injured. However no actions were taken by the authorities to shut down the ride. Then, when the ride malfunctioned again in 1999 claiming it's second victim, a little girl, the ride, and the park, was closed.
Shortly after the park shut down, the owner packed his bags and vanished. The whereabouts of the disgraced proprietor still a mystery. Today the park is being demolished and a hotel is to be resurrected in it's place. Would you stay at a hotel built on the cursed grounds of a killer amusement park?
The world's most famous forest of death - Japan
Aokigahara Forest, dubbed "Jukai," or "Sea of Trees" is a 35 square-kilometer forest at the base of mount Fuji. Undoubtedly a gorgeous hike through the thick greenery, Aokigahara is likely the most haunting natural phenomena in the world and is most known for being one of top locations worldwide for suicides.
Due to the density of the trees which grew thick in Mt. Fuji's rich volcanic soil, the forest is very dark and quiet from lack of wildlife. In Japanese folklore, angry ghosts known as yūrei wander the Sea of Trees, bound to earth by despair or anger. Thus, when the bodies are recovered, the forest guards must spend a night in the same room as the corpses to keep the yūrei calm during the night as it is believed that when left alone, the ghosts will become enraged.
Between 50 to 200 bodies are recovered annually. The most frequent method of suicide of the recovered bodies is hanging. Oftentimes the number of bodies found peaks in the early spring, March and April, as it is the end of Japan's fiscal year. The actual annual number of deaths is no longer being released in an attempt to reduce the area's popularity, although misinformed films like "The Forrest" (2016) have not helped.