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Are You Afraid of the Dark: Campsites for the Fright Seekers
Looking for a vacation that will scare your socks off? There are plenty of great haunted spots across the country with amazing camping nearby. We selected a few top attractions for fright seekers with nearby campgrounds within 15 miles for the ultimate spooky vacation.
Moundsville Penitentiary: Moundsville, WV
Many have claimed to discover paranormal activity at the West Virginia Penitentiary. This could be from the executions by hangings or electric chair as well as the “kill or be killed” inmate mentality. The prison ranked on the Department of Justice’s Top Ten list of most violent correctional facilities in the nation. Daily tours are available Tuesday through Sunday and special events are frequently held including a zombie walk and mock prison riot.
Where to stay: Fish Creek Campground in Cameron, WV (11 miles)
The Ridges (Athens Lunatic Asylum): Athens, Ohio
Now a part of Ohio University, the Ridges, formerly Athens Lunatic Asylum was a mental hospital from 1874 until 1993. The most haunting event was probably Margaret Schillings mysterious death that left a graphic outline on the floor including imprints of her clothes and hair. However, the stain is still there and reappears even after been cleaned up. Schilling is just one of the former patients thought to be haunting the Ridges.
Where to stay: Happy Hills Campground & Cabins in Nelsonville, OH (12 miles)
Jerome Ghost Town: Jerome, AZ
Known as a “ghost city” with so many spirits haunting the town, Jerome offers fright seekers plenty of options. The mountain is still filled with abandoned mine shafts and tunnels, supposedly haunted by “Headless Charlie” who was decapitated in a mining accident. His head was found, but never his body and after his death, other miners began to experience paranormal activity.
Where to stay: Verde Valley RV Resort and Campground in Cottonwood, AZ (11 miles)
Cuban Club: Ybor City, FL
Dubbed “One of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the U.S.” by the Travel Channel, the Cuban Club was created in 1917. Two individuals’ deaths are the most notable on the property and said to haunt the building, an actor who committed suicide on stage and a board member murdered in a disagreement.
Where to stay: Bay Bayou RV Resort in Tampa, FL (13 miles)
Eastern State Penitentiary: Philadelphia
What was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, housing criminals like Al Capone now stands in haunting ruins. Daily tours are available every day and for more frights, guests can experience the “Terror Behind the Walls”, a haunted house style tour in a real prison.
Where to stay: Timberlane Campground in Clarksboro, NJ (11 miles)
The Stanley Hotel: Estes Park, CO
After Stephen King spent time in this hotel, he penned the famous book “The Shining” which was later made into one of the best horror movies of all time. Best known for being haunted, guests have attested to eerie occurrences including lights turning on and off, doors opening and closing, laughter, footsteps, shadows, drafts and unexplainable chills.
Where to stay: River Forks Inn in Drake, CO (11 miles)
Alcatraz Island: San Francisco
Nicknamed, the “Rock” was the ultimate prison containing some of the most heinous criminals in our history including Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelley for 29 years. Ghost hunters claim a strong sense of unusual behavior within the walls of the abandoned prison, known as one of the most haunted in the country.
Where to stay: Marin Park in Greenbrae, CA (14 miles)