Haunted Hikes of Alabama

Visit the ghostly grounds of haunted Old Cahawba.



If you’re fascinated by ghosts, shadow people, and things that rustle in the night, you should plan a haunted hike to add a new twist to your Halloween celebration. Whether you’d like to trek through a eerie pocket of the backcountry, or simply stroll through a creepy cemetery, you’ll find that Alabama has plenty of destinations that will send a chill up your spine. Here are a few of our favorite haunts:

Blue Mountain Shelter on the Pinhoti Trail

Each year, hundreds of people hike Alabama’s veritable long trail, the Pinhoti, and spend their nights in the many trail shelters that dot the path. In Section 7 of the trail, at mile 2.1, you’ll encounter the Blue Mountain Shelter, which has developed a bit of spooky reputation.

Built in 1983 the shelter is an unassuming, 3-sided, typical trail shelter. But, inside, you’ll see where someone has written, “There are shadow people here!”

Those who spend the night in the shelter have reported seeing strange shadows and hearing weird noises like scratching sounds on the walls. After hearing the noises, hikers have investigated the area and claimed that there were no signs of animals, and there are no trees located close to the shelter.

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

Old Cahawba in the 1860s was a major prison for Union soldiers during the Civil War.

Old Cahawba in the 1860s was a major prison for Union soldiers during the Civil War. Joe Cuhaj


Old Cahawba has had quite a history. Beginning in the early 1800s, it was a bustling cotton distribution hub along the Alabama River. In 1820, it became the first state capital, and in the 1860s it was a major prison for Union soldiers during the Civil War. Today, you can roam those same streets—more than 5 miles of them—and you might come face to face with some of the town’s past residents, like the spirit of a key-stealing slave.

Not long ago, the site director for the Old Cahawba Archaeological Park and paranormal investigators made an audio recording in the “New Cemetery” where the white people of town were buried. On the recording they heard a voice say, “Don…key”.

The following day, Don, the park’s maintenance supervisor, came in and told the director he couldn’t find his keys. They found them in the slave cemetery on the other side of the park next to the grave of the key-stealing slave.

If space is available, you should try to join the park’s annual Haunted History Tour.


Old Cahawba Prairie Tract

Are there ghosts haunting the Forever Wild’s Old Cahawba Prairie Tract in Selma? Could be.

The site was once owned by Jesse Beene, whose uncle was William Lowndes Yancey, and Yancey is credited with helping Alabama enter the Civil War. Legend has it that all of Yancey’s slaves were poisoned at a well somewhere on the property. When Yancey died, he was buried in a family plot on the Old Cahawba Prairie Tract, but at some point the tombstones were removed, and the family graves were most likely plowed under by farmers. However, the bodies of those dead and gone are still somewhere on this tract, and their spirits are waiting to tell you their tale.

Fort Morgan Historic Site

Witnesses say that if you are near the fort in the evening you can hear screams.Witnesses say that if you are near the fort in the evening you can hear screams. Bradley Huchteman


Only a short drive west from Gulf Shores is the Fort Morgan Historic Site. Visitors can take a 2.4-mile ramble around the grounds to visit many historic sites and the fort itself.

Built in 1834, this massive stone fortress was built to defend the nation against foreign invaders. In 1864, it played an important role in the Civil War’s “Battle of Mobile Bay” that killed 322 Union troops and 1,500 Confederates.

Witnesses say that if you are near the fort in the evening, or are afforded a rare opportunity to enter it after hours, you can hear the screams of those who died. You might even see the ghostly figure of a woman who was killed during the battle and whose spirit continues to roam the grounds.

If you plan a visit, be aware that the fort hosts a haunted tour one night only in October.


Tuskegee National Forest

The smallest national forest in the state, Tuskegee near Auburn features the 8.5-mile Bartram Trail, which closely follows the footsteps of 18th Century botanist William Bartram. While walking the trail, hikers have heard some strange noises.

According to accounts, devil worshippers used to use an old house in the forest for bizarre meetings and ceremonies. In the early 1990s, the local sheriff’s office raided the house and discovered bodies. It’s said that the group feared the sheriff would find a secret burial ground they had established nearby and burned the house down. Ever since then, hikers have reported hearing weird sounds…perhaps the victims?


Sloss Furnace

Sloss Furnace is one of the most haunted sites in Alabama.

Sloss Furnace is one of the most haunted sites in Alabama. Shannon McGee


Known as the most haunted site in Alabama, the old Sloss Furnace in Birmingham has been featured on the television series “Ghost Hunters.”

The furnace was a major foundry in the region from 1882 to 1971, when it supplied steel to the entire country. In the early 1900s, the foreman for the night shift was James “Slag” Wormwood, a hard-driving manager who often made his workers do very dangerous jobs. While Wormwood was in charge, 47 workers died.

Slag died when he accidentally fell into the molten iron. After the accident, workers reported hearing a disembodied voice say, “Get back to work.” Years later, three supervisors went missing and were eventually found unconscious and locked in a small boiler room. The last thing they remembered was that a man with badly burned skin came up and told them to “Push some steel!”


Nancy’s Mountain

Hike Nancy’s Mountain and you might catch a glimpse of Nancy herself.Hike Nancy’s Mountain and you might catch a glimpse of Nancy herself. Joe Cuhaj


OK, a little personal experience about a nondescript hiking trail called Nancy’s Mountain.

The trail itself is not spectacular, just a wonderful walk in the woods, especially in the fall when the trees are vibrant with color. The trail is located in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Haines Island Park on the banks of the Alabama River in Franklin. The trailhead parking area also serves as the landing for the Davis Ferry.

As the story goes, Nancy and her family lived on top of the mountain,and Nancy’s only son went off to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Months passed without word from her boy, and Nancy became distraught. Every day she would walk to the river to see if her son had returned home on one of the passing boats, but he never did. Her husband decided he would set off to look for him.

More time passed when word finally arrived that her husband was found frozen to death next to the grave of an unknown soldier in Tennessee. Soon after, Nancy disappeared, never to be seen again.

Race ahead to the present and Nancy has been seen on the trail. Former park superintendent Ike Lyons says that on several occasions campers on the mountain were seen running for their lives because they had seen a woman dressed in period clothing “floating” down the trail with a lantern in her hand.

Not long ago I walked Nancy’s Mountain with my big rescue Labrador, Archer. It was a cool morning with fog from the river shrouding the mountain. Archer loves to lead the way on hikes, but this time he wouldn’t budge. He would not hike the trail. He just sat down and whimpered.

Was it coincidence or was it Nancy? Hike the trail in the early morning or evening and see for yourself.


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Alabama Outdoors 2021 Jacket Drive

How the Alabama Outdoors Jacket Drive works

Help us celebrate the One Warm Coat Day and give back to our communities with our Annual Alabama Outdoors Jacket Drive! Beginning this Thursday October 7th and ending on Sunday October 10th, come into any Alabama Outdoors location to donate a gently used jacket or pullover and receive 15% off a new full zip jacket. In-store only.

Donate in 4 easy steps:

  1. Pull from your closet a gently used jacket or pullover.
  2. Bring it to your local Alabama Outdoors store and hand it to an Alabama Outdoors team member to make sure it is good condition to donate.
  3. Shop around the store and and receive 15% off a new jacket at the time of donation!
  4. Jackets are taken to a local charity by the Alabama Outdoors team and donated to a person in need this winter!


It’s really that easy.

Alabama Outdoors will be holding the Jacket Drive at all of our locations and partnering with charities in our communities.


The partnering charities in each community are:

First Light’s mission is to work with homeless women and their children to create hospitality in a safe and nurturing community, to encourage them to maintain dignity, to find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiritually, thereby achieving their full potential.

The Salvation Army assists approximately 25 million Americans annually. They have over 1.5 million members
consisting of officers, soldiers, and adherents. The Salvation Army helps with Anti-Human Trafficking,  Combatting Addiction, Disaster Relief, Holiday Assistance, Music & Arts, Serving Veterans, Social Services & Youth Programs.

TEAM is a non-profit ministry providing food and clothing to those in need. They are located on Chalkville Road in Trussville, Alabama.

YWCA Central Alabama is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Central Alabama’s vision is to create a more caring community. We work every day to make a positive change in the lives of individuals and in the community.  They provide shelter, dignity, hope, and a strong foundation as they help those they serve find the strength to rebuild their lives.

Dwell Mobile exists to provide opportunities for refugees to thrive by raising awareness, removing obstacles, and restoring relationships. We envision our city as a place where refugees find their home.

Rules and exclusions:

Must present gently used jackets at the time of the transaction to receive a discount. Valid in-store only at any Alabama Outdoors location. All offers limited to stock on hand; no rainchecks. Not valid on prior purchases, gift cards, gift certificates, taxes, or shipping or processing charges. Customers must pay applicable sales tax. Offer may not be combined with any other sale, promotion, discount, code, coupon, and/or offers. This offer ends October 10th at the end of the store’s operational hours. See associate for details.

Support Alabama Outdoors Jacket Drive and be part of something special that will make this fall and holiday season truly meaningful.


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Junior League of Mobile BluePass

Supporting the local community

Your participation in the Junior League of Mobile’s (JLM) BluePass helps JLM build better communities! That’s because BluePass is more than just a discount card; it’s also a fundraiser that helps JLM focus on improving the lives of children in our communities through our impact area — Healthy Children: Hunger, Nutrition & Fitness.



How BluePass Works

  • Your BluePass can be used from October 1st through October 31st
  • Cost is $30 and provides users with a 20% discount at Alabama Outdoors as well as over 250 merchants throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties.
  • Purchase a BluePass online here. All buyers receive a digital pass and you can choose to also be mailed a physical BluePass card to keep with you!
  • BluePass is available for purchase to everyone in the community, not just JLM members.
    All proceeds enable JLM to continue its community impact projects.

BluePass Policies

  • All policies are honored at the individual store’s discretion.
  • BluePass discount is for Pass holders only and applies to purchases during the event dates only.
  • The BluePass discount entitles the holder to a 20% discount during the specified shopping dates of October 1st through October 30th, 2021.
  • The BluePass discount does not apply to any purchases made prior to the event dates.
  • Sale merchandise, special orders, and gift certificates, and other offers are not honored with the BluePass discount.
  • Only the BluePass holder may use the pass for discounts and it must be presented at the time of purchase.
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    Exceptions and exclusions apply as stated in the BluePass app.
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  • Merchant agrees to advise all store personnel of this arrangement, to encourage promotion training and to promote the purchase of the Pass.
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