Want to go on the most haunted hikes in Florida? Remember to go with someone else and not all alone. Florida is a huge state, and all kinds of strange things have happened on its beaches, in its small towns, and in the Everglades. You might see several unexplained things on your treks, if you know where to look.
Because Florida is right on the ocean, it used to be home to many pirates hundreds of years ago.
Shipwrecked sailors wander some of the Florida beaches, as do the women who pined away while waiting for men to come back from the sea.
There were also plenty of smuggling operations running out of Florida, which creates even more intrigue on some of the hikes in Florida.
10 Florida Hiking Trails Filled With Paranormal Activity
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1. The Old Jail
While it may be a ways to travel if you plan to reach Amelia Island, going on a long walk to see the Old Jail is a must for anyone who likes to see paranormal activity.
Beware, though, because the story of this jail and the spirit that still haunts the jail is not for the faint of heart.
Hundreds of years ago, a pirate named Luis Aury had a son, named Luc Simone Aury.
Luc was a criminal all around, and he was wanted for charges including piracy, robbery, murder, and even more.
It took years for him to be captured, but finally he was brought to justice and taken to the Old Jail on Amelia Island to await his death sentence.
When the day came for him to be hung and killed, a huge crowd of people came to the island to see his execution, because he was a notorious criminal for his day.
The crowd of people was excited to see such a famous criminal punished for his crimes.
However, Luc had other plans. Somehow, the night of his execution he managed to cut his own throat.
People say that he did not want to die in front of an audience.
The doctor was able to save his life and keep him alive until it was time for him to be hung.
As soon as he was brought to the gallows to be killed, the stitches keeping him alive came undone, and he was decapitated by the noose.
The crowd was horrified, and many women fainted.
People say that his ghost still roams the jail, covered in blood.
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2. Orange Blossom Trail
On your Florida excursions, you should stop by Apopka.
The Orange Blossom Trail is one to add to your list, and it has its fair share of haunted activity.
He wears a loincloth, and he often stops at the side of the road, looks at whoever is passing by, and then disappears.
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3. Bagdad Cemetery
Outside of Bagdad, you can walk through the cemetery near the town.
While you might not think that the cemetery is scary during the day time, we dare you to visit at night.
The famous large round ball tombstone in the south east corner of the cemetery rotates at night, according to the locals.
If that is not enough to make you think twice about visiting, listen closely for the laughing voices that come from nowhere.
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4. Coquina Beach
During your hike, Head to Bradenton and go all the way to the end of Coquina Beach.
This area used to be a hotel, but it has been converted to a picnic area.
Visitors to the area say that they can see a man in all black clothing walking from the picnic area to the water, where he vanishes without a trace.
No one knows who he is or where he comes from, but he has been seen by many witnesses. After a psychic reviewed the area, he believes the man to be someone who died here long ago and is seeking atonement.
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5. Merritt Island
Go to Brevard County and go to the Crooked Mile Road on Merritt Island.
This road has several different haunted sections that you can explore.
There is an old church along the road, which visitors say has been haunted for hundreds of years.
A little further down, you will see a graveyard.
Sometimes you can feel ghostly hands on you as you pass by the graveyard, especially if you go at night.
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6. Clearwater Beach
Stop by Clearwater Beach in Clearwater on your next adventure.
In the 1930s, there was a police training barracks and a Coast Guard station on this beach, where people trained before being deployed during World War II.
There is a ghost who haunts this beach, a young woman in a wedding dress.
Legend has it that she was engaged to be married to a soldier who was sent away to fight, but he died a few days later.
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7. Fort Clinch
If you have time during your hikes, take a trip to Fernandina and explore Fort Clinch.
There are plenty of places to explore at the Fort, and plenty of spirits who still call it home.
During the Civil War, the Confederate troops often surrounded the Fort, and many Union and Confederate soldiers died in the standoffs.
Some tales tell of soldiers rising after death and attacking other soldiers.
It’s believed this was due to dark arts, practiced incorrectly by some of the soldiers.
To this day you can sometimes see the apparitions of soldiers patrolling the area around the Fort.
Some young children have complained about feeling like they’ve been bitten, though no one is around.
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8. Wiccademous Grave
Here is another place to visit, especially when you are near Fernandina.
In the 1600s, a teenage girl was accused of being a witch in the area, and she was hung and killed in this grove.
Her spirit still haunts the oak tree in this grove, and if you do take a walk around the area you may catch sight of her.
Visitors say that she sighs and can be heard crying.
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9. Shingle Creek Cemetery
Near Kissimmee, you can go on a walk through the Shingle Creek Cemetery.
This cemetery has many Confederate soldiers and Vietnam War veterans buried inside.
According to some visitors, you can see spirits of these soldiers patrolling the bounds of the cemetery after dark, protecting their brothers in arms.
One person has even reported that a figure dressed in grey came up to him, warned him to be careful, and then disappeared.
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10. Crystal Beach
See if you can find the abandoned house to complete your haunted hike.
There is more to this houses than meets the eye.
Every family who has lived in this house has reported paranormal activity of some kind or another, which is a trend worth investigating.
One of the first owners who went on record to explain the paranormal activity at his house says that several unexplained things used to happen.
Every night at two in the morning, he reported that he would hear loud footsteps pacing round the bottom floor of the house.
Once the owner even said that he saw a ghost, who he says is someone who lived in the house hundreds of years ago.
The previous owners also reported strange activity in their home.
Sometimes the burglar alarm would sound in the middle of the night, even though it was disconnected and hadn’t worked in years.
The most recent owners experienced their own tragedy at the house.
A family of five purchased the home a few years ago, but then suffered a horrible loss.
Their youngest child died suddenly of an unexplained ailment, even though he seemed perfectly healthy a few days before.
It seems as though everyone who owns this house ends up going through some kind of terrible circumstance or encountering spirits.
Do you think that you are brave enough to visit?