Visit These 7 Ghost Towns In Pennsylvania At Your Own Risk

You might be surprised to discover how many empty, abandoned towns dot the valleys and hills of our precious home state. Rather than building new towns in these places, it seems as if we’ve just let the old ones sit like forgotten children. Some we can visit, giving us a peek into the past. Here are seven ghost towns in PA that are sure to get your attention.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Have you ever visited one of those ghost towns in PA? Share your story in the comments below! If you’re a hiker, consider setting off on the Ghost Town Trail, which was named the top trail in the state in 2020.

Address: Centralia, PA, USA
Address: Potter County, PA, USA
Address: 2 Eckley Main Street, Weatherly, PA 18255, USA
Address: 469 Queens Rd, Towanda, PA 18848, USA
Address: Fricks Lock Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465, USA
Address: Pithole City, Cornplanter Township, PA 16341, USA
Address: Ricketts, PA 18656, USA
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ghost towns in PA

May 21, 2020

What is the most haunted place in Pennsylvania?

Finding haunted places in PA isn’t hard at all. However, if you want to visit the most haunted place in the state, head to Gettysburg. As the site of one of the most crucial battles during the Civil War (the Battle of Gettysburg), Gettysburg is brimming with haunted spots, including Gettysburg Battlefield itself. In fact, you may notice a fog roll over the battlefield. That fog’s usually accompanied by apparitions marching and on horses as lights flash on the battlefield.

However, that’s just the beginning. Gettysburg College, Gettysburg Hotel, and Sachs Covered Bridge are also said to be haunted.

Are there any haunted restaurants or bars in Pennsylvania?

The oldest bar in Pennsylvania, the Broad Axe Tavern is a definite must visit, especially if you like PA ghost stories. It is at this tavern, which dates back to 1681, that you just might experience the paranormal. Her name – the spirit, that is – is Rachel, and she likes to push the bartender or cause him to spill a tray full of drinks.

Dine with ghosts at Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford. Don’t worry, though, it’s nothing too scary. You might feel a tap on your shoulder, turn, and find no one there. You might also see shadowy figures and hear dishes breaking (when none have broken).

Are there any urban legends in Pennsylvania?

Have you heard of any urban legends in Pennsylvania? How about the Bus to Nowhere in Philadelphia? One of the many buses in Philadelphia has no number, no name, and no destination, but it’s often seen. The SEPTA bus never stops for passengers, yet it’s filled with sad souls. Urban legend says, in fact, that if you want to ride the bus, you must chase it down. The bus driver will slow down and allow you and your despair to board the Bus To Nowhere. When you’re ready to get off, pull the cord. You’ll remember nothing of your ride on the Wandering Bus.

Address: Centralia, PA, USA
Address: Potter County, PA, USA
Address: 2 Eckley Main Street, Weatherly, PA 18255, USA
Address: 469 Queens Rd, Towanda, PA 18848, USA
Address: Fricks Lock Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465, USA
Address: Pithole City, Cornplanter Township, PA 16341, USA
Address: Ricketts, PA 18656, USA