Virginia October 16, 2017
9 Horribly Creepy Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Virginia
With Halloween just around the corner, ’tis the season for all things spooky. In that spirit, we’ve compiled a list of the most haunted, festive, and downright terrifying things you can do in Virginia. So brace yourself for lots of adventure, excitement, and maybe even a little paranormal activity.
1. Drive under Virginia's most haunted bridge.
You'd be hard pressed to find a road with more of a haunted history than Crawford Road. In fact, Yorktown locals opt to avoid this road altogether whenever possible. Apparitions, hauntings, and more just might await you if you should encounter this bridge at night. For more information about this haunted location,
2. Visit the haunted Dismal Swamp.
You might have guessed from its name that the Great Dismal Swamp had something of a haunted history. And you'd be right. While this natural attraction is utterly beautiful, it's hard to deny the eerie feeling one gets by visiting. That may be due to the haunted legend surrounding the swamp, which you can learn more about by reading
3. See the legendary Bunny Man Bridge.
Now that we've introduced one of Virginia's most haunted roads, it's time to learn about the state's most terrifying bridge. Bunny Man Bridge in Clifton is renowned for the terrifying legend of the Bunny Man, a convict who escaped and went on a killing spree over a hundred years ago. And yet, many swear that his ghost still haunts -- and terrifies -- those who pass under the bridge. For more details about this site,
4. Experience the most terrifying haunted house in the state.
In 1872, Paxton Manor was known as Carlheim and built as a lovely home for a former Pennsylvania resident. Today, it's possibly most haunted house in the state which requires participants to sign a waiver before entering. Not only is it decked out for seasonal Halloween terror; it may also be truly haunted by ghosts. For more information about Paxton Manor,
5. Visit the abandoned village of Wash Woods....
Did you realize Virginia had its very own abandoned ghost town on the edge of a state park? It all started in the seventeenth century, when a ship arrived to what is now known as False Cape. The passengers that survived the shipwreck built a village out of the cypress wood. When you visit today, you'll be able to see a few of these structures at the edge of False Cape State Park. For more information about this site,
6...and the other abandoned site of Pocosin Mission.
And just in case one abandoned ghost town wasn't enough...there's another one hiding deep in the woods of Shenandoah National Park. In 1902, there was a religious mission to help the deeply "troubled" people of the area, who Reverend Neve believed were in need of "extreme spiritual guidance." Today, you can still see the remains of the temporary structures built by the missionaries sent to this area deep in the woods. It's not difficult to imagine the troubling encounters faced by both parties in this unfamiliar landscape. For more information about Pocosin Mission,
7. Tour an abandoned asylum.
Located in Radford, St. Albans Sanatorium has an extensive and haunting history. This former asylum operated under conditions that were brutal, and many patients suffered as a result. It's not difficult to understand why many believe this building to be prone to paranormal activity. To learn more about this site and how you can visit,
8. Spend the night in a Revolutionary-era haunted hotel.
Dating back to the Revolutionary War, this popular hotel in Harrisonburg has quite a haunted reputation. At one point, this hotel served as a hospital during the Civil War, so it's perhaps unsurprising that guests have reported some unusual activity during their stay. For more information about this haunted hotel and others in Virginia,
9. Embark on a haunted hike.
Last but certainly not least, there's a hike along the Appalachian Trails that hikers will swear is haunted. The land was once home to the Sarver Family, whose home has since deteriorated. Yet campers and hikers have reported some ghostly activity in the area after the sun sets...so beware of your surroundings should you be out in this area after dark. To learn more about the Sarver Family and the whereabouts of this haunted hike,
Which of these activities would you dare to attempt? Be sure to share your thoughts with us!