The 5 Most Haunted Destinations in Oregon

Invoke the Halloween spirit with a visit to one of these mysterious sites across the state

By Cari Johnson October 22, 2013

Heceta Head Lighthouse (edited)

Image: Andrew S

1. Wolf Creek Inn (Wolf Creek)

Wander among 125-year-old fruit trees and peek into one of the historic guestrooms at the oldest continuously used hotel in the Northwest. Located just north of Medford off of I-5 (exit 76), this enchanting inn continues to attract travelers as it did when it first opened in 1883. Some famous wanderers at the Inn include Clark Gable (his buddy was the former innkeeper) and novelist Jack London – who completed Valley of the Moon during a stay.

Aside from the creaky floors (it’s an old building), occasional visitors and paranormal investigators have claimed to witness spirits and other eerie activity at the Inn.

Don’t miss: Drop by for a day tour of the historic grounds and nosh on the seasonal apple pie at the much-celebrated restaurant.

2. Multnomah Falls

An old Native American legend describes a maiden that leapt to her death from the Upper Falls in order to save her village from sickness. Some visitors have allegedly felt the presence of the young woman at the Falls or even see her face appear within the white water. It has been said that she returns in the winter to see the place where she sacrificed herself for her people.

Don’t miss: Make it a day trip and head further east to the orchards near Hood River. Head to Rasmussen Farms for the best caramel apples and a kid-friendly corn maze, and try Kiyokawa Orchards for fresh apples and pears.

3. Lithia Park (Ashland)

Catch a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in its final month, and then meander through the rumored-haunted grounds of the OSF theaters. A girl was supposedly murdered in the park in the late 1800s—explaining why some visitors claim to see blue light glowing above one of park’s ponds at night. Another ghost is rumored to appear frequently on the park’s border and occasionally in the parking lot. 

Don’t miss:The Unfortunates” and “King Lear” will be playing through Nov. 3. Be sure to end the evening with a seasonal brew at the Caldera Tap House.

4. Heceta Head Lighthouse (near Florence)

Cruise on over to the Oregon coast to stay at the popular bed and breakfast at the Heceta House and see the adjacent historic 119-year-old lighthouse. While the lighthouse itself isn’t considered haunted, the house has been long been associated with the ghost story of the “Gray Lady.” A spirit, usually seen wearing a long gray skirt, is believed to be a mourning mother who haunts the former innkeeper’s home.

Guests have claimed to see glimpses of the “Gray Lady” along with flickering lights, locking doors, and objects shifting to unexplained locations.

Don’t miss: Located high above the Pacific Ocean, the lighthouse grounds offer a great viewpoint for observing storms located miles out at sea.

5. Hot Lake Springs (La Grande)

Originally built as a resort in the 1800s, the then-Hot Lake Hotel was bought and converted into a sanatorium. For nearly 100 years, the structure shifted identities – once existing as a restaurant and a western nightclub. The restored complex now includes a history center, artisan marketplace, a bed and breakfast, and access to the hot springs. Rumors have spread that the building is haunted by past vacationers, the former gardener, and medical residents from its sanatorium days. Footsteps, voices, and occasional screams from the former hospital wing—oh my!

Don’t miss: Beat the winter blues by soaking in the mineral hot springs for $25/hour.


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