Mammoth Lakes is a breathtaking collection of valleys, mountain lakes, and endless opportunities for adventure. Whether you wish to relax and unwind or get adrenaline pumping through your veins, this is the perfect spot to do both.
And the best part? There are many Mammoth Lakes campgrounds that are eager to welcome you.
But while their brochures radiate warmth, chances are that you’ll experience chills at some of them. After all, the ghosts haunting them will do anything to ensure that you stay with them forever.
If you think you can beat the ghosts and survive encountering them, by all means, reserve your spot at one of these Mammoth Lakes campgrounds.
10 Mammoth Lakes Camping Spots For Paranormal Seekers
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10) Lake Mary Campground
Considered the best Mammoth Lakes camping spot, Lake Mary Campground is famous for breathtaking views, trout fishing, and backpacking. There’s one thing though that the campground is infamous for: its resident black-eyed children.
Several campers wrote about seeing them, especially while alone near the pine trees. One story tells of a camper encountering what she believed was a lost child during a night hike. Approaching her, she asked about the child’s name. In a relatively mature voice, the ‘child’ replied with, “Ella”.
Ella wouldn’t let go of the camper’s hand while they made their way back to Lake Mary Campground. As she neared the campsite, the woman looked down at the child and stopped. Ella had “a dead serious expression” and jet black eyes. The camper shook the child off and ran to her tent.
Ella kept asking the woman to allow her to come in. She would cry and claim that she got injured. It wasn’t until daybreak that Ella became quiet and left. Surprisingly, no one heard the child cry or scream that night.
9) Twin Lakes Campground
But unless you think you can escape with your life, stay far away from the water.
Rumor has it that the spirits of those who drowned in Twin Lakes will drag you to a watery grave. In fact, several mediums claim a vicious spirit killed David A. Greene, a 65-year-old Seattle resident who drowned after falling out of his fishing boat.
Adding a grain of truth to these claims is the story of a hiker dating back to 2010. According to his blog, he saw a dark patch grow in the water. As hands shot out of the water, he felt a hand clamp around the back of his neck. When he came to, he was lying face down on the ground, closer to the lake.
8) New Shady Rest Campgrounds
If you read its brochure, New Shady Rest Campground may seem like the perfect place to relax. Offering both tent and RV facilities, it’s shaded by a canopy of Jeffery pine trees. It also provides a range of activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching.
Yet your chances of getting some R&R may diminish quickly if you catch the eye of the Lechuza supposedly haunting the place.
Legend has it that a witch escaped to the Jeffery pine trees forest, where she was mauled to death by a black bear. Trapped in that spot forever, her spirit watches over campers from the trees. If someone piques her interest, she’d swoop down and fly off with them.
7) Old Shady Rest Campground
Located near the Village of Mammoth Lakes, Old Shady Rest is just as beautiful as its newer counterpart. It’s also a popular choice for those who want to enjoy outdoor activities by day, and hit the town by night.
While you’re at this Mammoth Lakes camping spot, though, be careful. Legend has it that the campground is haunted by an infamous ex-convict who’s constantly seeking blood.
During his life, he targeted stagecoaches transporting goods, killing everyone in them. He was later ambushed and killed. Some say that he was left for the bears or mountain lions. Regardless of how he died, he turned into a very vindictive spirit.
A woman woke up one night to the sound of scratching outside her trailer. Her husband volunteered to scare away whatever was causing it. However, he took more than ten minutes and the sound continued.
Venturing out herself, she saw her husband fighting with a dark figure made from smoke. The ghost had his hands on her husband’s mouth, suffocating him. The woman screamed and lights from nearby trailers and RVs flooded the campsite, causing the ghost to disappear.
6) Coldwater Campground
Offering many recreational activities, Coldwater Campground is considered one of the best Mammoth Lakes camping spots for families. But if you value your loved ones, you may want to take this camping trip on your own. That is, if you’re not scared of coming face to face with a ghost.
A couple camping at Coldwater decided to catch a bite at one of the picnic areas of the facility. Suddenly, they heard a growl and saw a black bear head their way. What happened next, though, made them back their bags quickly and head back to Fresno.
A young woman with flowing black hair stepped in front of the bear. Too scared to scream, the couple watched as the bear retreated. But they were far from safe. The ‘woman’ turned to face them, glaring at them from eyeless sockets and a rotting face. She stood still, though, while the couple ran away.
5) Sherwin Creek Campground
Popular for anglers, hikers, and photographers, Sherwin Creek Campground promises spectacular wilderness and many outdoor recreation opportunities. You can also plan a day trip to nearby attractions such as Yosemite National Park and Devils Postpile National Monument.
But if you’re terrified of ghosts, you may want to spend the night elsewhere.
Sherwin Creek Campground is home to the girl in white. Rumor has it that a 14-year-old girl was sacrificed in the area. Many have heard her sob and cry for mercy. Those who saw her, however, hesitate to return to the campground.
According to several accounts, her face has several burn marks that resemble an inverted cross. She would beat at her chest, causing blood to come out of the cuts all over her body. One camper claims the ghost suddenly started laughing before lunging at her and disappearing behind her.
4) Pine Glen Group Campground
Pine Glen is a group camping facility that’s shaded by Jeffery pine trees. Like the other Mammoth Lakes camping areas on this list, it offers a variety of activities, including fishing, photography, and mountain biking.
One more thing this campground offers is the chance to come across a violent ghost.
A group of Fresno City College students claim they were attacked by an unseen entity right after midnight. Curious about a loud laugh right outside their tents, the boys were knocked backwards and beaten badly. One was scratched all over his forearms despite his long-sleeved shirt.
Two of the students who hid inside their tent were dragged outside and assaulted by several items from the campsite. This continued for 30 minutes until they heard a second even louder laugh and a ‘goodbye’.
3) Lake George Campground
One of the smaller Mammoth Lakes camping areas, Lake George Campground offers spectacular sights of Lake George. Campers can also enjoy sightseeing, boating, and fishing. But swimming there isn’t allowed. Possibly because of the ghost of the drowned twins.
Deciding to break the rules, a couple went skinny dipping in the lake late at night. When her boyfriend dived beneath the surface, the girl thought the arms encircling her thighs were his. It suddenly hit her that the hands were smaller!
The boyfriend came to the surface only to see her being dragged beneath it. When he tried to dive behind her, another set of small hands pushed him back. After resisting a few strong pushes, he managed to grab his girlfriend and resuscitate her on the shore.
But this experience wasn’t what scared them. After uploading their camping trip’s images, the couple noticed two green-blue-skinned boys standing behind them in every picture!
2) Mammoth Mountain RV Park
Despite its name, Mammoth Mountain RV Park also offers tent camping and cabins for those who seek natural beauty and outdoor fun. Campers are also welcome during winter to enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding.
Word of advice before you head there: don’t leave your RV, tent, or cabin once it’s quiet. The entity at the campsite takes advantage of the silence, calling out its victims to join it in its miserable forever after.
While camping in the RV park, a man woke up to see his son opening their RV’s door. The child was looking outside when a very white, claw-like hand grabbed him. The father watched terrified as his child was lifted in the air and hurled near the neighbors’ camp fire.
When he tried to follow, the RV door slammed in his face. He banged hard and long until he heard footsteps outside. Other campers saved his boy from being badly burned and helped him escape the RV.
1) McGee Creek RV Park and Campground
Another Mammoth Lakes camping and RV park, McGee Creek is a trout fishing lover’s heaven. In addition to private ponds, it offers all the facilities you need while you recharge for another exciting day in the mountains.
There’s also a ghost at McGee Creek campground, if the stories are true.
Several campers have seen an elderly man limp while walking across the camp. The few who approached him sensed crippling fear and chills down their spine. A female camper even fainted after trying to start a conversation with him.
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Though no one knows the old man’s story, one thing’s for sure: he doesn’t like the living.