Haunted Places in Pittsburgh, PA

43 “real” haunted places in Pittsburgh & around Western Pennsylvania, including cemeteries, forests and roads.  Each haunted place has its own ghost story or urban legend. Around Halloween there is an increased interest in the paranormal, and the Pittsburgh area has a lot to offer. Each of these haunted places has it’s own urban legend or ghost story, some involving zombies, ghouls or spirits; others involving murder mysteries and folklore. Pittsburgh has many old restaurants, taverns and colleges that are supposedly haunted or have tales of horror.  Use this list to create your own “ghost tour”, and get in the mood for the Halloween season.  I will be adding more haunted places as time allows.

If no results appear below, change the city to “Pittsburgh, PA”.  All of the haunted places in the southwestern Pennsylvania region have been assigned under this general location.  Overall, there are currently 43 listings in the region…

For more information on local haunted places, check out the “Haunted Stories & Folklore” category in my Pittsburgh Store.  Several of the listings here are discussed in more detail within these awesome books.  Support Pittsburgh’s local authors by purchasing one or more of these excellent, well-researched works today!

Happy Haunting!

Irwin Road, Gibsonia, PA, United States

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This isolated stretch of Irwin Road near North Park has been attracting attention for years. Irwin Road is an unlit, unpaved lane dotted with some scattered homes and ruins along it. It traverses a hollow parallel to Babcock Blvd. that is scary enough during the day, let alone at night. There are many legends and rumors associated with this place, but it is most known for rumors of satanic activity and all the horrors that typically go with that. It is named after the creeping “blue mist” that sometimes covers the road. It is one of the most searched for and well known sites in the Pittsburgh area, making this a classic “haunted” place.

Winfield Township, PA

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The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 / 1919 took an especially heavy tool on the town of Winfield, PA in Butler County. Mass graves of up to 20 bodies per grave were quickly dug and buried in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Most of the victims were recent immigrants to the area and did not have family members to tend to their burials otherwise. A Catholic priest, Father O’Callahan, eventually performed burial rites for the victims and ordered the placement of a large cross of railroad ties to mark the site. Today, the remains of the original cross have been found, and are situated onsite, next to the smaller cross that exists today. The area has been designated as a local historical site, and has drawn the attention of ghost hunters and paranormal investigators over the years.

168 Hamilton St, McKees Rocks, PA 15136, United States

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An Indian burial ground located in the otherwise urban town of McKees Rocks near Pittsburgh may be little known, but it gets attention every once in a while in the media. Estimates say that between 500 to 1000 may have been buried at the site about 2000-2300 years ago. The number of bodies unearthed has been much smaller, along with many artifacts. This site has been of interest for over 100 years and has received special attention from many Native American groups as well as archeologists. At this point, there is much disagreement as to what, if anything still exists at the site. Not your typical haunted place!

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It seems as if every town has its own Bloody Mary ghostly tale, each one a little bit different. Some claim that if you drive to a certain location at night, and call out to Bloody Mary, she will appear and create all kinds of evil havoc. In New Castle, PA, she is known as Mary Black, in other towns she may have other names, but the stories are usually the same. Other tales claim that if you look into a dimly lit mirror and repeat “Bloody Mary Bloody Mary Bloody Mary”, then you will see her, or the devil, or a demon, in place of your own reflection. The point is, there are so many variations to the same story, but the story is so well known – Bloody Mary goes down in history as one of the classic urban legends of our time!

Hoffman Cemetery, Smithton, PA 15479, United States

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From a certain viewpoint along Stahl Road, looking across the valley at the cemetery, one tombstone in particular appears to glow against the night sky. This has been known for decades, but in recent years cornstalks have blocked the view during the summer / fall. I have not been there in quite some time so I do not know the current status. A simple study years ago concluded that the strange light is indeed coming from a certain tombstone, but to this day it is not known why. Some have said it is a reflection from a far off street light, but this seems unlikely. The tombstone does not glow when standing near it; you can only see the eerie glow from the vantage point across the roadway! Because of this, the cemetery has grown legendary in the local area. There have been rumors of orbs and streaking lights across the cemetery as well. The area is rather spooky and creepy at night – the perfect setting for such a haunted place!

393 Hardin Hollow Rd, Smithfield, PA 15478, United States

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Stories and folklore about a supposed witch in rural Fayette County have survived for over 2 centuries. Mary “Old Mollie” Derry was her name, a fortuneteller and whiskey seller who resided near Haydentown, PA. Her reputation as a witch was well known in the area. She supposedly could cast spells, throw curses and predict the future. Some said she could even fly! It was best not to anger her. One story asserts that she cursed three men who had mocked her, saying that each would encounter death by hanging. As you might imagine, their fate was sealed. As you can imagine, the legends of Old Mollie have been exaggerated over the years. Some have argued that she not a witch, but was more of a healer in the ways of Pennsylvania Dutch Hexcraft, or “Pow-wow”. It is interesting to see how folklore and legends develop over the decades and centuries.

Burton Rd, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

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Snyder Cemetery is an old family graveyard located in what is now Moraine State Park. According to local lore, red eyes will chase you out of the haunted place. They say that Conrad Snyder is haunting his family’s resting place. There is an account of a green glowing light that comes from a small headstone, and white flashes of light and a weird fog have been reported there as well.

436 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, United States

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How would you like to be in a jail that was also a haunted house? In 1907, prisoners in one section of the Allegheny County Jail pleaded to be moved to another area of the facility. It seemed that the ghost of a former cellmate, W.A. Culp, still could not escape and was harassing and terrifying the men. Culp committed suicide in the prison, and it seems that he wasn’t happy to find out that he still was trapped within its walls! The frightened former cellmates were granted their request.

401 S Juniata St, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

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The US Hotel in Hollidaysburg has a long history of paranormal activity. Built in the mid-nineteenth century, it has been used primarily as an inn and restaurant, but also has been rumored to have had ties to the underground railroad. The hotel burned in 1871 and was rebuilt. It is believed that a girl may have perished in the fire, and that her spirit still haunts the upper floors. A playful ghost, the most that many have encountered was on the order of slamming doors and things being knocked over. However, a group of ghost hunters had a much more terrifying experience, relating to a hostile sprit of a murderer and his unfortunate victim inside the haunted house.

3899 Piney Fork Rd, South Park Township, PA 15129, United States

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Piney Fork Tunnel on Piney Fork Road is also known as “Corvette Tunnel”. The tunnel is very narrow and lies adjacent to a sharp turn in the Road. Legend has it that 2 corvettes were drag racing, and only one could fit into the tunnel. The other met a horrific end, leading to the death of a young girl. Some have said you can still hear the screeching of tires and the screams of the young girl if you visit at night. Also, if you dare to flash your headlights 3 times into the tunnel, the ghostly headlights of a corvette will appear, heading right at you! It should be noted that this tunnel is often confused with Green Man’s Tunnel, which lies in the same vicinity, but is apparently off of the roadway. This is a good example of how legends and folklore mix and grow over time and become attached to such haunted places.

1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, United States

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This building, in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, was once site of the Chautauqua Lake Ice Co, which exploded due to fire on February 9, 1898. The building has since been renovated and now houses the John Heinz History Center. Several staff members, including night security guards, have witnessed strange sights and sounds there. Most activity seems to center around the 5th floor (used as storage/archives) and the loading dock area. Spirits have been known to occupy and interact with the exhibits there. This haunted house is easily accessible: The History Center is open to the public 7 days a week from 10AM to 5PM (holidays excluded).

611 Covert Rd, New Castle, PA 16102, United States

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Covert’s Crossing was a single-lane old bridge in New Castle, PA. The bridge was built in 1887, and was very narrow. It has become the subject of many legends in the area, most of which involve headless spirits and midnight tragedies. For example, one story asserts that a newlywed couple in a horse drawn carriage was struck head on by a car on the bridge on their wedding night. The groom was never found, and the bride was decapitated. Variations of this story substitute the couple for a young girl on her prom night, and yet another mentions a railroad worker from the nearby tracks. In all the stories, the poor souls basically met the same end. Legend has it that these spirits would appear at midnight to whoever was brave enough to stop on the bridge. But this dangerous stunt is fortunately not possible anymore: the entire bridge was stolen in 2011 and sold for scrap! That just adds to the legend of Covert’s Crossing, maybe not in a “haunted place” sort of way, but definitely in a strange and unusual way!