Haunted WV State Parks

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Happy Halloween!

We have had a wonderful time this month sharing our Spooky State Park Stories with you. We have compiled them all into one post, so if you like, you can print them off and take them with your next adventure.


We not only love to explore our State Parks and their history, but we also love the lore that comes with them.  While camping with our family over the years, we have accumulated some spooky tales of different WV State Parks.  Now while camping at these venues, we love to sit around the campfire and share these stories with our kids and their friends.  The next day, we adventure out to explore those haunted locations.  So, head to a park, build a fire and enjoy these tales of mystery, ghosts, and terror.  If you can’t make it to a park, then turn off your lights and enjoy.

 

About this Book

 

This book is a collection of Haunted WV State Park stories that we have accumulated over the years. While camping at these Parks, we love to tell these tales and explore the lore.

Such tales as the murder of Mrs. Phelps in Cabin 13 at Babcock State Park, does she still haunt the cabin? The killing of Mr. Sager at Lost River State Park, will his spirit ever rest? The haunted Battlefield Parks such as Carnifex Ferry and Droop Mountain. The worker who froze to death on Cheat Mountain at Cass. Many tales of North Bend: Ed’s suicide, the headless campground visitor, the buried worker beside Tunnel 21, the famous Tunnel 19 “Silver Run” apparitions, and finishing up with Tu-Endie-Wei and the Curse of Chief Cornstalk.

Dive right in and enjoy a different side of some of West Virginia’s most haunted State Parks.


Haunted Cabin 13 at Babcock State Park

Babcock State Park: Murder at Cabin 13

For months the Reverend James Flippo and his wife Cheryl were being stalked.  They didn’t know who the person was, but they had their suspicions that it may be congregation member Joel Boggess.

Reverend Flippo and Cheryl rented Cabin 13 at Babcock State Park April 29, 1996, for a little private getaway.  That night Reverend Flippo awoke to a man standing over him with a piece of firewood in hand.  Before he knew what was happening, Flippo was struck across the head and knocked unconscious.  When he awoke, his wife had been beaten so severely her brain matter could be seen from across the room.  Flippo ran to the park office and called 911 for help.  By the time police arrived, Cheryl was dead, and there was no sign of an intruder.

Police found that Reverend Flippo was having an affair with Joel Boggess and had recently taken out a $100,000.00 life insurance policy on his wife.  Reverend Flippo was booked on 1st-degree murder charges and is spending the remainder of his life in jail.

Many who have stayed in Cabin 13 say that they have awoken to see a man standing above them, but once turning on the light, he vanishes.  Some guests have said they were jolted awake by a loud thud hitting the floor, but once they investigate, there is nothing found out of the ordinary.  Other park guests have reported hearing the sounds of a woman’s scream coming from the direction of Cabin 13 when park officials said it was unoccupied.

What do you think?  Does Cheryl haunt Cabin 13 due to her brutal murder?  Does an evil entity live there hunting on the innocent?  You can still rent Cabin 13, so do you dare to have your own investigation?  Have you ever stayed in Cabin 13?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

 


Haunted Lost River State Park

Lost River State Park: The Murder of Charles Sager

Nestled in a little valley within Lost River State Parks sits Henry Lee’s Summer Home & Museum, once a Summer Home of General Lee’s Father, Henry Lee.  The Cabin was built to escape the heat of Summer, hunt, and to enjoy the medicinal properties of the sulfur well on site.  But, in the Spring of 1840, it was used for something much more sinister.

Charles Sager, a stock trader, was returning from a recent trip to DC when two thieves captured him.  To keep from getting caught along the popular travel route, they dragged Charles Sager to Henry Lee’s Summer Home, where it was left vacant for the Season.  Charles fought to escape, but once he was in the home, it was too late.  He was dragged to an upstairs bedroom where he was robbed and brutally stabbed to death.

When the Lee’s returned to their camp, they found a bloodstained ceiling above them.  Exploring the upstairs bedroom, they found the dead rotting corpse of Charles Sager circled by dried blood.  Blood stains were splattered on the walls, and a bloodstained trail led down the stairs.  The Lee’s repeatably tried to clean the blood from the wood but were unsuccessful.  The cabin was then whitewashed to cover the stains on the ceiling and walls, and the floors were rugged to hide the permanent stains.

The blood can still be seen their today, permanently leaving a mark on the cabin.  Screams have been reported coming from the cabin during dark and stormy evenings.  Others have mentioned seeing a man in the upstairs window and wandering around the grounds but never leaving, like someone imprisoned, have to relive their violent death for eternity.

 

 


Haunted Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park.

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park: The Battle Continues

North of Carnifex Ferry 1000 Union soldiers were embedded at Kessler’s Cross Lanes.  On the 26th of August 1861, a Confederate Force of 2000 strong crossed the Gauley River with a surprise attack.  Well routed and defending, the Union troops were able to hold back the attack.  During the battle, there were 15 Union Soldiers and 40 Confederate Soldiers killed.  Knowing that he couldn’t win the battle, General Floyd withdrew his attack and set up a defensive position at Carnifex Ferry.

Over the following month, the Union built their forces to 5000 Men.  On the 10th of September 1861, Brigadier General Rosecrans attacked General Floyd with the loss of 17 men and an unknown number of Confederates killed.  General Floyd, wholly outnumbered, knew he and his men wouldn’t survive another day of battle.  In the dead of night, he retreated his troops back across the Gauley River and toward Lewisburg.

Today, locals and passers-by along route WV-129 and traveling Carnifex Ferry Crossing between Kessler’s Cross Lanes and Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park report seeing Union and Federal troops in the early morning and evening light as they prepare for battle.  Park visitors have also reported hearing the sounds of horses and wagons heading down the Old Ferry Road and people scuffling through the woods.  Are these sightings of the young men who never made it home?  Maybe “Camping Not Allowed in Park” is for your own safety.

 

 


Haunted Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park: The Screams of War

With a planned attack on the Virginia and Tennesse Railroad, Brigadier General Duffié was to destroy Confederate property while Brigadier General Averell was to search out and destroy Confederate defenses.  On the 6th of November 1863, Averell and his 5000 men attacked 1200 Confederates commanded by General Echols at Mill Point.  Averell pushed the Confederates up to the Summit of Droop Mountain where Echols took their defense.  The Confederates blocked the road with artillery and built reinforced breastworks making a commanding obstacle for the Union troops.

The following morning Averell decided to attack Droop Mountain.  Echols held his ground until the afternoon when Averell hit his left with his infantry and commanded his cavalry to dismount and charge with a frontal attack into the main Confederate defenses.  After a bloody and violent battle, the Confederate Lines started to fail, and Echols’ men turned and fled.  Averell’s Cavalry continued their assault by hunting down Confederate soldiers, killing and taking them prisoner until dark.  By that night over 400 soldiers had lost their lives.

Visitors of the Park have reported seeing Union and Confederate soldiers in the woods and along the trails.  Many have reported hearing the haunting shots, screams, and death of war coming from the park.  Take a hike through this battle ridden park and listen to its sounds, if you dare.

 

 


Haunted Cars Scenic Railroad

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park: Frozen Alive

In 1901 the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company built the town of Cass due to a massive lumber demand across the country.  At the time, WVP&P owned and operated the worlds largest double-band sawmill. To keep up with demand, the WVP&P in 1902 built the town of Spruce, at the time known as the “Highest and coldest town east of the Mississippi.”

Winters on Cheat Mountain are cold, unforgiving, and unpredictable.  One evening while logging Red Spruce from Bald Knob a snowstorm approached.  A team of workers grabbed the last two trains heading down to Whittaker Station, a logging camp above Cass. The last part of the team to leave was missing one person, but figuring he must have caught the first train, they didn’t look for him.  Once arriving at camp, they realized they made a terrible mistake.

Darkness has set in, and feet of snow has dumped onto Cheat Mountain.  Their only hope for him was that he made it down to the town of Spruce.  The mountain crossing was covered for weeks before they could return to harvest the timber.  While climbing the rails, they found his frozen body at the junction of Cass to Spruce.  There they dug into the frozen earth and buried his remains.  A single cross now marks his grave.

Taking a Cass excursion will take you directly by the gravesite.  Many passengers, hikers, and campers have reported seeing a man walking the rails between Bald Knob and the Cass Spruce junction.  Is this the worker trying to find his way off the mountain?   Others have reported seeing a man standing at Bald Knob as the train departs its excursion.  Is this the ghost of the worker missing the last train?

During your next excursion, investigate Cass.  What ghostly tales may you uncover?  You too may come across the apparition of the frozen worker.

 

 


Haunted North Bend State Park the Suicide of Ed Koons

North Bend State Park: At the End of His Rope

The entrance to North Bend was once part of the Koon’s Family Farm.  The family has successfully worked the farm for generations until it was left to their only son Ed.  Ed was born blind and tried his best to run the farm, but was never able to do so.  He married late in life and was not able to produce an heir.  His wife later left him for another man, leaving Ed alone to live out his remaining days.

Suffering from depression, Ed couldn’t imagine living another day alone.  He grabbed a rope and headed to one of his favorite spots on the farm.  Working his way up to a branch of a tree, he fixed a noose around his neck, tied the other end to a limb, and fell backward, snapping his neck, and taking his own life.

One rainy and foggy evening a park guest stated they felt overwhelming depression and sadness when entering the park.  To her surprise, she then witnessed the most horrific scene.  A man was swing from a tree by his neck.  She jumped from her car but then noticed there was no one there.  The feeling of depression and sadness was quickly replaced with fear.  A feeling and moment she will never forget.

 

 


Haunted North Bend State Parks

North Bend State Park: Headless Campground Visitor

The beautiful campgrounds of North Bend State Park were not always so.  Once the location of an Oil Well, workers would arrive every day to labor.  One workday didn’t go as planned.

Workers were changing shifts when something horribly went wrong, causing a blast to rip across the grounds.  Workers were violently knocked off their feet, some being blasted as far as 15 feet from where they stood.  As the workers collected themselves, they realized just how lucky they were.  No one had been seriously injured or worse, killed. But, as they turned to towards the well, they saw the mangled corpse of one of their coworkers with his head blasted from his body. Workers searched for his head, but it was never found.

For years Park guests have reported seeing a headless man walking along the tree line as if he was searching for something.  But a spookier tale is of a fisherman on a moonlit night getting his line caught on the bottom of the pond.  The line broke loose like it was stuck on algae.  As his line surfaced, he saw the head of a man fastened to his hook.  Dropping his pole in fear, he ran to fetch his brother.  When they returned, there was no head to be found.

 

 


Haunted North Bend Tomb Tunnel

North Bend State Park Rail Trail: Tomb Tunnel

The original Eatons Tunnel, Tunnel 21, was built in 1867.  With the advancement in larger locomotives, the roofs on many of the tunnels along the rail line needed to be raised.  On the 6th of June 1963, while working on Tunnel 21, the roof collapsed trapping two workers inside.  One of the workers were rescued, but the other was presumed dead.  With the tunnel being unsafe to continue digging, it was sealed off making it a tomb for the worker inside.

Construction for a new Tunnel 21 started parallel of the tomb.  No marker was ever laid for the worker and digging continued.  It wasn’t long after work began, the sounds of screams and banging could be heard from the nearby tomb.  Workers in the tunnel reported seeing their former coworker appear as they worked and would vanish into the wall if they would approach.

Visitor’s visiting the North Bend Rail Trail have reported seeing a man standing within Tunnel 21, but he fades into the walls of the tunnel as they approach. Other Trail Travelers have seen a man standing in the woods adjacent to the tunnel’s entrance, but not knowing the man is the dead worker standing atop his tomb.  As he is approached, it seems that he vanishes into the hillside.

 

 


Haunted North Bend Silver Run Tunnel

North Bend State Park Rail Trail: Silver Run Tunnel

In 1910 a young train engineer was making the 169-mile midnight run between Grafton and Parkersburg, WV.  It was dark foggy night when he saw what he thought was an individual standing at the entrance of tunnel 19.  He blew the whistle to try and warn the person, but it was too late.  With emergency brakes screeching, the train hit what seemed to be a young pale woman wearing a white wedding dress with long black hair.

Once getting the train to a stop, the engineer and firemen jumped from the train to search for her, but she was nowhere to be found.  They reported the incident to the watchmen at the Smithburg Tunnel and described it as if the fog surrounding the tracks swallowed her pale body.

Almost a month after she was seen, the same engineer was assigned the same excursion.  As he approached tunnel 19, there she was, but this time looking directly at the train.  He blew the warning whistle, and she never moved. As the train struck her, a moan came from her ghostly body.  He noted this time that he was able to get a better look at her, and it seemed that she had on golden slippers, a jeweled brooch, and a white wedding dress.

The story of tunnel 19 started to spread between the engineers and among the people who traveled and lived along the route.  Trains would slow not to hit her and some nearly wrecked from trying.  Engineer O’Flannery was reported once saying if he ever saw her, he wouldn’t slow; he would plow right through her.

One Autumn night O’Flannery approached tunnel 19.  Laughing at the thought of the rumors of the Pale Lady, he never slowed. Then to his utmost surprise, there she was.  In complete disbelief, he never slowed, plowing the train into her.  She let out an explosive moan and shot straight into the air.  When O’Flannery pulled into Parkersburg people came waving their hands as to get him to stop.  He then learned that telegraphs were sent into Parkersburg, that his train had a woman stuck on the cowcatcher of the train, but once investigated; there was no woman to be found.

People now wanted to know who the Pale Lady was.  As an investigation began, multiple stories started to arise.  One such story was of a young lady who was to get married in Parkersburg and never arrived.  Having cold feet, did the bride-to-be decide not to get married?  Did something sinister happen to her and that is why she never reached her destination?  Or, was their an accident and she fell from the train?

Another story mentioned when tunnel #19 was getting the roof raised; work was being done around the tunnel when the skeletal remains of a woman were found buried in the woods.  Was this the woman that they saw at the tunnel or were their multiple ghostly entities?  Her skeletal remains were moved to an unmarked grave at the Silver Run Cemetery almost directly above the tunnel.

The story matching the ladies description perfectly is that of a woman being found in a cellar.  An old abandoned farmhouse was being demolished near the Silver Run Tunnel when workers found a skeleton in the cellar.  Among her remains were a wedding dress, gold-colored shoes, and a jeweled brooch.  Was the Pale Lady trying to lead others to her grave?

Some believe that the apparitions of tunnel 19 are not just the Pale Lady.  Today you can hear stories of people hearing and seeing different ghostly figures in and around the tunnel.  With the cemetery almost directly above it, has this tunnel become a hot spot for the paranormal?

 


We hope you enjoy our collection of Haunted WV State Parks.  Do you know of any other Haunted WV State Park Stories you would like to share? We would love to read them and explore the area.  Please share your Haunted Park Stories in the comments below.

 

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