Minnesota September 25, 2017
The Haunted Hike In Minnesota That Will Send You Running For The Hills
During the fall season, many of us enjoy having our wits scared out of us in haunted houses and spooky hayrides. But have you ever gone on a hike that is haunted not by actors, but by ghosts? If you believe the stories, there’s one creepy trail in northern Minnesota that fits the bill. Those brave enough to enter the spooky woods that surround this trail may be in for a ghostly fright. Check it out:
Thief River Falls is a small town in the far reaches of northwestern Minnesota.
The town is most known for its two rivers - the Red Lake and the Thief - that meet within the town. These rivers had a big impact on the town's early development. In fact, it is from these rivers that Thief River Falls gets its name. As the story goes, a band of Dakota Indians once secretly occupied a section of the river. When the Ojibwe found out, they forced the Dakota out of the area and gave the river its new name.
Given the conflict that made up the town's earliest history, it may come as no surprise that there are rumors of hauntings in this area.
The most well-known rumor is about a haunted hike you can take in Thief River Falls. It is an unpaved trail that runs along the Red Lake River. The trail is may have been used by Native Americans long ago - and may still be haunted today.
Whether or not they are true, stories about Dead Man's Trail are downright chilling.
One common story is that the trail was once used by a man who was wanted for murder. To escape punishment, he hid from authorities in a cave along the river. While there is no cave along the river today, many speculate that it could have been filled in with large rocks and soil. Is he the ghost that haunts Dead Man's Trail?
A more popular story is about a Native American woman who was trying to escape from people chasing her. Slowed by her newborn baby, she hid it near the river and kept running. When she returned for the child later, she found it had been swept away by the river. Today, hikers report seeing her ghostly apparition searching for her baby. And if you listen carefully, you may hear her cries of despair.
Dead Man's Trail is still easily accessed today.
The Red Lake River runs through Thief River Falls, making it easy to access the old trails that still wind through the rocks and brush alongside the river. The trail is just south of L.B. Hartz Park, near Greenwood Trails Recreation Area and the Thief River Falls cemetery. You'll find both paved and unpaved trails, but only one is Dead Man's Trail. The unpaved path will lead through the woods alongside the river.
Whether or not you believe in hauntings, most visitors agree there is something spooky about Dead Man's Trail.
This hike - especially when you do it at night - comes with an eerie silence. Pair that with the nocturnal critters that roam the woods, and it's no wonder people find it creepy. But if there really are ghosts along Dead Man's Trail, those animals are the least of your worries.
What do you think? Is Dead Man’s Trail really haunted, or are those just stories? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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