You slither a little further under the blankets with every creak, every strange sound in the dark of night, as you wait to hear ominous footsteps coming straight for your room. If you’ve ever watched a scary movie, you might have been spooked enough that sleep didn’t come peacefully. Feel those chills of fear, and maybe even run into a real life ghost, when you embark on this haunted road trip in Pittsburgh that will lead you to some of Pittsburgh’s scariest places.
Plan your trip!
Get ready to hit the road on this haunted road trip in Pittsburgh. The following itinerary is simply a suggestion. Add or remove stops as you see fit. Or, simply use it as inspiration to create your own haunted road trip. The most important thing? Have a blast! And...you never know. You must just come face-to-face with a real life ghost.
1. Broughton School, Pittsburgh
Listen carefully. Do you hear the tiny voices begging you, "please don't leave me?" Or maybe you, like others before you, hear tiny footsteps and the crying of children you can hear but cannot see? The Broughton School, built atop the land on which residents died during the Whiskey Rebellion, is a known hotbed for paranormal activity, including darting shadows and windows and doors spontaneously opening and closing.
2. Coulterville Cemetery, McKeesport
The spirits of lost children, who perished in a devastating orphanage fire decades before, are said to still roam Coulterville Cemetery in McKeesport. Previous visitors tell of hearing children's voices and footsteps and, as they leave the cemetery after a visit, of seeing the orphanage engulfed in flames from their rear view mirror. But, perhaps most eerily of all, the tiny hand print of a child has appeared on numerous windows after visitors have left the cemetery.
3. Corvette Tunnel, South Park
Drive down Piney Fork Road in the evening and you may hear the sounds of tires squealing and terrified screams , even if no one's there. Local lure tells the tale of a young woman racing her Corvette down Piney Fork Road in South Park when she crashed. Walk into the nearby tunnel, the legend goes, and the apparition of a woman will grab onto your legs, begging you for help.
4. Shades of Death Road, Avella
Drive carefully, especially at night, if you venture down Shades of Death Road in Avella. Numerous drivers have complained of getting into accidents after seeing shadowy figures dart in front of their cars. Others tell of seeing the apparition of a woman wearing a white dress. The ominous sounding road is said to be haunted by miners who were killed in a mining accident decades before but their bodies were never recovered.
5. Hill View Manor, New Castle
Dating back to 1926, Hill View Manor once housed the mentally ill and elderly, who had nowhere else to turn. During the facility's history, which ended when it permanently shut down in 2004, an estimated 100 patients, who had either died of natural causes or by their own hand, were buried on the property. Local legends says that the spirit of some of those patients remain in the hospital today. A young boy is said to be seen playing in his room while Mary Virginia, a former resident with a fondness for dolls, often strolls around the facility.
6. Snyder Cemetery, Butler
Nestled within the sprawling oasis of Moraine State Park, Snyder Cemetery has a haunted tale of its own to tell. Named after the Snyder family, who owned the cemetery, the patriarch, Conrad, spent his living days overseeing the operation of the family business. His spirit, if you believe local legend, has remained to oversee the running of the cemetery. Conrad's apparition has been seen wandering the cemetery grounds but as soon as a visitor calls out, Conrad disappears. Some visitors tell of seeing floating orbs, red eyes, and a mysterious fog that looms heavy over the cemetery.
7. Blue Mist Road, North Park
Blue Mist Road, a five mile stretch of road that restricts access to motor vehicles, seems perfectly normal in the daylight. But, when the sun goes down, a fog (or a blue mist, if you will), rolls in. Those who have dared trek down this misty road at night tell of being chased off of the road by angry spirits. Though what happened on that road isn't known for certain, some say that a man murdered his wife and children and buried them on the side of the road. Today, his family is said to haunt Blue Mist Road, more commonly known as Irwin Road.
8. Damien's Grave (Resurrection Cemetery), Moon Township
Fear not when you leave Resurrection Cemetery in Moon Township for if you have behaved properly and respectfully, you will be fine. Disrespect the residents of this hallowed ground and you may not be so lucky. One grave, in particular, has caught the attention of visitors: Damien's grave, a simple grave with a simple phrase inscribed on it: "This is not goodbye, just so long." Legend tells that visitors who have defiled the grave, even something as simple as picking a flower from nearby, have been seriously injured or even killed on the drive out of the cemetery.
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