Golden Gate Park is a beautiful and popular attraction in San Francisco. In fact, this is the third most visited park in the entire United States. With more than 1,000 acres to explore, you will find all sorts of true gems like lakes, meadows, and fantastic hiking trails. Stow Lake is just one of 10 lakes found in Golden Gate Park, and the Stow Lake Loop is a trail that circles this lake, making it easy to enjoy. However, what you may not know is that this loop trail is taking you around one of the most haunted lakes in Northern California. Even better? Check out the eerie haunted hike around the lake! This loop might just be one of the creepiest hikes in NorCal.

Have you been to Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park? Do you believe in the Stow Lake Ghost? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! You can learn more about Stow Lake and this haunted hike on the Golden Gate Park website or grab the GPS map on AllTrails.

Hiking in NorCal is a dreamy way to spend an afternoon, and our state is full of phenomenal trails that aren’t harboring specters or evil spirits – just beautiful sights! But, if haunted places in NorCal are what you’re craving, there are plenty of paranormal hotspots to choose from. San Francisco is hiding some terrifyingly chilling corpse roads that we bet you didn’t know existed.

Next, after you’ve gotten your fill of outdoor adventures and spooky endeavors, this Tuscan villa in SF has views for days!

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Are there any other haunted place in Northern California?

When most people picture NorCal, towering Redwoods, pristine beaches, and incredible wineries are often the first things that come to mind. But California’s northern region definitely has its fair share of paranormal lore! Here are just a few of the most haunted places in NorCal:

  • Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City
  • Ferndale Repertory Theatre, Ferndale
  • Fort Humboldt Historic State Park, Eureka
  • Humboldt Brews, Arcata
  • MacCallum House. Mendocino
  • McNulty House, Crescent City
  • Redwood Coast Inn, Fort Bragg
  • Samoa, CA
  • Scotia Inn, Scotia


What are some fun things to do in Northern California?

From picturesque shorelines and vibrant Redwood forests to man-made wonders and everything in between, there's nowhere in the world quite like California. NorCal is particularly filled with fun, unexpected, and family-oriented things to do both by water and by land.

For a casual escape into nature with no hiking required, a botanical garden is the best place to visit! A few of the best botanical gardens in Northern California are:


For even more unique day trips in California, check out our official guide.


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