Haunted Hikes: Spine-Tingling Tales and Trails from North America's National Parks

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Ghosts! Curses! Hoaxes! Unsolved mysteries! Paranormal events! Take a walk on the creepy side of North America's National Parks! Andrea Lankford, a 12-year veteran ranger with the National Park Service, has written a thoroughly investigated yet often tongue-in-cheek guidebook that takes the reader to the scariest, most mysterious places inside North America's National Parks.

Lankford shares such eerie tales as John Brown's haunting of Harper's Ferry, the disembodied legs that ...

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Overview


Ghosts! Curses! Hoaxes! Unsolved mysteries! Paranormal events! Take a walk on the creepy side of North America's National Parks! Andrea Lankford, a 12-year veteran ranger with the National Park Service, has written a thoroughly investigated yet often tongue-in-cheek guidebook that takes the reader to the scariest, most mysterious places inside North America's National Parks.

Lankford shares such eerie tales as John Brown's haunting of Harper's Ferry, the disembodied legs that have been seen running around inside the Mammoth Cave Visitor Center, and the "wailing woman" who roams the trail behind the Grand Canyon Lodge. Lankford also uncovers paranormal activities park visitors have experienced, such as the chupacabra that roams the swamps inside Big Thicket National Preserve and the teenage bigfoot who rolled a park service campground with toilet paper.

She also reports on long-forgotten unsolved murders, such as the savage stabbing of a young woman on Yosemite's trail to Mirror Lake, and the execution style shooting of two General Motors executives at Crater Lake. The witnesses to the supernatural occurrences are highly credible people-rangers, park historians, river guides, and the like-and each tale has factual relevance to the cultural or natural history of the park.

Haunted Hikes provides readers with all the information they need: for each hike: a "fright factor rating" is listed along with trailhead access information, detailed trail maps, and hike difficulty levels. Most of the haunted sites included in the book can be reached by the average hiker, some are wheelchair accessible, and others are for intrepid backpackers willing to make multi-day treks into wilderness areas. Intriguing photographs of many sites are included.

Haunted Hikes is sure to satisfy readers looking for those spine-tingling moments when you begin to wonder if maybe, just maybe, we are not alone.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Andrea Lankford raises the hair on your neck in this book of spooky spots and ghostly grottoes."  —National Geographic Traveler

"Lifts up Smokey the Bear's hat and introduces us to the bats in his belfry."  —Deanne Stillman, author, Twentynine Palms

"The X-Files meets National Geographic. It's the ideal book for anyone who believes that 'the truth' is out there.'"  —Tom DeSanto, producer and writer, X-Men

"I'll never look at the Grand Canyon the same way again. From now on, I'm sleeping with the lights on!"  —Chuck Sypher, Grand Canyon park ranger

Library Journal
Haunted Hikes takes those who like their ghosts inhabiting the scenic out-of-doors beyond the creaky attics of the usual hauntings. Lankford, a former park ranger and author of Biking the Grand Canyon Area and Biking the Arizona Trail, offers more than 50 hikes of varying difficulty set in national parks. Each entry contains an eerie story, a map of the hiking route, advice on the difficulty of the hike, its "fright factor," and other useful information. Counsel on Jean Lafitte National Historic Park in Louisiana cautions, "Winters will be cool and less buggy. You will have a better chance of spotting alligators March to November." While most of the hauntings are of the missing/murdered persons kind, there are plenty of others to lend variety. Charles Manson and his family, for example, were captured at Barker Ranch in Death Valley, CA, where Manson was found hiding under the bathroom sink. Strange natural phenomena, including a burping lake, trees that bleed, and brain-eating amoebas, vie with Bigfoot for their own featured hikes in this guide for the morbidly curious. Recommended for medium to large public libraries.-Susan Belsky, Oshkosh P.L., WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595800091
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 640,881
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrea Lankford, a former National Park Service ranger, has performed firefighting, law enforcement, and life-saving wilderness medicine in Cape Hatteras, Zion, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. As a ranger, she won several awards for her work as a criminal investigator, and she implemented the "Heat Kills. Hike Smart" public education program that generated media attention and is credited with preventing heat-related deaths at the Grand Canyon-a program that continues to save lives today. Her masochistic adventures include thru-hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, kayaking from Miami to Key West, cycling from Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean, and being the first to mountain bike the 800-mile Arizona Trail. Haunted Hikes is her third book. Andrea currently lives in Southern California with her skeptic husband, a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service.
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