It’s been a while. No excuses, let’s just get to it.
This is a tricky title. Calling something a ‘natural haunt’ seems to be pretty contradictory, but stay with me. Sure, there are lots of places that can be both natural and haunted. A haunting itself feels pretty natural just based on the amount of occurrences all over the world, although we like to throw them into decidedly UNnatural realms. For this blog’s purposes, however, we’ll call a natural haunt a paranormal events or series of events that happens in natural settings, i.e. forests, deserts, big ole caves, etc. So if there’s a tree in some park somewhere that has a ghosts attached to it, it’s a natural haunt. An unnatural haunt would be like Linda Vista, a man-made hospital in which supernatural events occur. Got it? Awesome. Now let me tell you about a few.
The first is one I hadn’t really considered before doing my traditional Google search of stuff I can write about. After all, Mammoth Cave is pretty much just that- a huge cave. What spooky happenings could go on there? Well, according to the 150+ documented paranormal events in connection with the cave and national park… apparently a lot.
What Goes On Here?
It’s not just tourists spouting off stories of scary shadows and echoing footsteps in the caves. No, Rangers and tour guides have come forward plenty of times with tales of their experiences inside Mammoth Cave. One of the most frequent apparitions seen is of Stephen Bishop. A slave of the owner of the cave in the 1800’s, he became one of the greatest guides Mammoth Cave has ever seen. He was the first person to map out Mammoth Cave, and spent most of his life in and around Mammoth. He was buried in the Guide cemetery a little way outside the national park. Bishop is seen often. Most of the time he appears to those on a lantern tour, where the only lights allowed are kerosene lamps. Nothing pointed to him being threatening. If anything, he might just still be exploring the caves he called home.
Perhaps the most famous ghost of Mammoth is that of Floyd Collins. While not exceptionally popular except at the very end of his life, his death, body, and ghost became incredibly famous. In the 1800’s, Floyd fell on hard time after discovering the Crystal Caves, a segment of Mammoth Cave filled with Gypsum. While trying to find more for tourists to see, he fell and got trapped in a cave, down a shaft. After weeks of failed rescue attempts, Floyd died of exposure and exhaustion. After, however, his body did not stay buried. He was exhumed, shown in a glass coffin, body-napped, had his leg go missing, and finally returned for show and burial. In recent history, two rangers were taking a hike through the Crystal Caves. On the way in, they found an old whiskey bottle and placed it on a rock shelf. On the way out, they heard a ‘clink’ behind them, and turned to look just as the bottle came out and away from the shelf, and went crashing to the floor. Others have heard a male voice calling for help near the cave where Floyd breathed his last. Perhaps such an unrested spirit would return to the caves in which he was so desperate for.
It shouldn’t be surprising that the Grand Canyon is home to a number of spooky spirits. After all, it’s miles and miles of open space, home to a number of people, and sacred to even more. Millions of people visit the Grand Canyon every year, and I’m sure some leave their marks heavy on its deep walls.
The Hopi House, along the South Rim is home to two ghosts nicknamed the “Brown Boys.” They cause a lot of noise upstairs, and a lot of mischief on the floor below. Should they not like the way the crafts and souvenirs have been arranged, they will be sure to let the workers know by tossing the items to the floor.
Along the North Rim the tale of the Wailing Woman is quite popular. Legend has it that in the 1920’s a woman commited suicide in one of the lodges near the rim after learning that both her son and husband had died in a hiking accident. Now she floats along the Transept Trail in a white dress with blue flowers, moaning and sobbing over her loss.
The Crash Canyon may sound like a familiar name to you. In 1956, one of the worst air disasters in America happened above the Grand Canyon. Hoping two avoid the thunderstorms brewing over the southwest, two airlines (one headed for Chicago, one for Kansas City) collided around 21,000 feet above the Grand Canyon. 128 people died as a result, plunging into the canyon far, far below them. Many rangers and visitors have reported a ghostly wind rushing through the otherwise still canyon, the sound of panicked voices accompanying it. People have seen apparitions hiking the trails and heard calls for help. Ghost lights appear amongst the foliage and rocks, coming from seemingly nowhere.
Possible EVP from Mammoth Cave?
The are a vast number of other haunted natural locations throughout the US.All are of varying levels of paranormal activity, with some locales more likely to give you a reaction than others. Below are just a few of the myriad of places you can visit out in the wild.
The Elfin Forest near Escondido, California is home to a very friendly spirit. Called the White Lady (a very popular name for ghosts), she gladly shows herself to visitors of the area. She floats off the ground and has been seen passing through solid objects.
Shut-In Creek, in Hot Springs, North Carolina is known for its disembodied voices and ghost light. Legend has it that a man was killed by the poisonous fumes coming from the old manganese mine in the 1900’s not too far away from the creek.
And then sometimes it’s easy to forget that not all spirits are human. But animals can have a stake in this mortal life just as much as a human can. Untimely ends effect our furry, feathery, and scaly friends, too, and can lead to their spirits hanging around a location with unfinished business. One such haunting is that of the horse of a man named Adam Brown. Mr. Brown was murdered along Raccoon Mountain Road, in Ossipee, New Hampshire. The horse fell down a ravine during the attack, breaking its leg, It died a time later from starvation and exposure. Now it can be seen following travelers down the road. Perhaps its looking for its owner?
Massachusetts is home to another spectral horse. Once owned by a pirate, this black stallion was used to lure ships aground for raiding. A lantern would be tied to its neck, and the pirate paced the horse back and forth behind the rocks. Ships would come into “port,” ultimately crashing and becoming vulnerable to pirates. The horse has been seen in a glowing white light, pacing back and forth near the water. Could this creature be carrying out its mission from life? Who knows.
There are so many more places worth talking about and visiting. Like most of my blogs, this requires more than one part. For now, be sure to read more about these natural haunted places. Go forth and ghost hunt, and be safe!