So far, it’s been an extraordinary fall in the colorful state of Kentucky. Everywhere we turn, the colorful autumnal hues of fall are on full display. It’s a wonderful time to be outside, with one adventure after another calling you to this rugged state. But, there’s more to Kentucky than pretty fall colors and great outdoor adventures. Do you believe in ghosts? There’s a spooky side to Kentucky’s history, and this fall is a wonderful time to go on a haunted adventure. Kentucky Bed and Breakfasts make the perfect home base for haunted adventures in Kentucky. Find an Inn, and book your room today.
The Most Haunted Places in Kentucky
We expect a lot of guests to come through Kentucky during the coming months. The peak fall foliage season typically stretches from mid-September through the end of October, and there are plenty of hikes and scenic drives in the area that will take you into the colorful heart of fall. While you’re in town, it’s also a great time to experience a different side of Kentucky; the haunted side! There are plenty of ghost stories, urban legends, and spooky places throughout the state of Kentucky just waiting to be discovered. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite haunted attractions in the Kentucky worth visiting this fall.
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a familiar one, and involves a trio of tall tales, including a black hearse appearing from nowhere, cries and screams coming from underneath what is known as Cry Baby Bridge, and it is a rumored location of satanic rituals.
- Waverly Hill Tuberculosis Sanitorium is widely considered to be one of America’s most haunted places, dating back to 1912 when Tuberculosis was spreading like wildfire throughout Kentucky. Visitors often report hearing the voices of children playing, doors slamming, footsteps, and the smell of freshly baked break.
- Bob Mackey’s Music World is, perhaps, the most haunted nightclub and bar in the country. The building was originally a slaughterhouse, which of course lends to its spookiness.
- There are quite a few ghost stories and hauntings associated with Mammoth Cave, but you’ll have to be brave enough to head underground to discover them. They are more than 4,000 years old, so you never know what you may find.
- Liberty Hall in Frankfort is reportedly home to three primary spirits who frequently haunt visitors to the hall.
- The Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville is the oldest prison in the state, built in 1886. It’s a beautiful building, but it was once a place of horrific conditions, treatment and executions. Tales of strange orbs, footsteps when no one is there, voices, disembodied screams and other hair-rising experiences are just a few of the things that have been reported.
- Camp Taylor is Louisville has been considered one of the most haunted places in the country. This neighborhood was once a military camp, and a Tuberculosis epidemic struck, devastating the camp’s population. Ghostly soldiers and even a few women are said to wander the area.
- The Talbott Tavern in Bardstown is one of the oldest taverns in Kentucky, built in 1779. The building’s location was once a well-known stagecoach stop, and has seen many travelers over the years, including Jesse James. Visitors today report hearing strange footsteps, disembodied voices, and various apparitions.
- Cave Hill Cemetery is the resting place of many famed Kentuckians, including the Frito Lay magician, Colonel Harland Sanders and most recently, Muhammad Ali. At times, there are unexplained sounds and footsteps in the cemetery, along with a variety of orbs and unexplained lights.
- Grandview Cemetery, also known as the Gates of Hell, houses the graves of those who died in the 1700s ad 1800s. Over the years, many unusual things have happened here, including large balls of glowing green light, shadowy figures, and disembodied screams. You may not want to turn your car off when you come here. Some have reported car trouble while visiting!
- The biggest Civil War battle that Kentucky has ever seen happened at Perryville on October 8, 1862. Approximately 7,600 people were killed or wounded in the Battle at Perryville, many of which were simply left on the field to rot afterwards. To this day, it is considered one of the most haunted places in Kentucky.
Beyond relishing the gorgeous hues of fall and scaring yourself silly at these haunted destinations, there’s plenty to do in Kentucky area this fall. Start your fall getaway off on the right foot, and book your stay at any of Kentucky’s amazing Bed and Breakfasts, where exceptional hospitality is our number one priority.