Haunted Places in Pittsburgh

The 43 haunted places in Pittsburgh listed below may be scattered across western Pennsylvania, but have one thing in common:  an urban legend based on paranormal activity, developed over years and decades.  Each of these has its own 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.

The most popular haunted places in Pittsburgh are:  13 Bends, Blue Mist Road, Green Man’s Tunnel, The Harmony Inn, Quaker Church and Shades of Death Road, based on search volume. Read about these and others; be sure to rate your favorites and share your experiences!

1201 Bruce Hall, University of Pittsburgh

3990 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

On the top floor of the Bruce Residence Hall is located Room 1201, a banquet hall that is used for catered special events. There have been many accounts over the years of paranormal activity in the room: cold spots, objects moving, and the feelings of spiritual presences while otherwise alone. The ghosts are believed to be those of two women who committed suicide many years ago in the room.Read more…

13 Bends

Tourman St, Coulter, PA 15028, United States

One of the most popular but confusing “haunted place” urban legends is the story of “13 Bends”. The main story involves Coulterville Cemetery near Elizabeth, McKeesport and Boston. An old orphanage from the 1800s that stood on this site burned down years ago, and you can still supposedly hear footsteps and children, and perhaps see some apparitions in the rear view mirror of your car! Some encounter a great sense of sadness as they drive by. Childlike handprints can then be seen all over the vehicle.Read more…

Blue Mist Road

Irwin Road, Gibsonia, PA, United States

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.Read more…

Carnegie Library of Homestead

510 E 10th Ave, Munhall, PA 15120, United States

If you know anything about Pittsburgh history, it may not surprise you that this library is haunted. It was given as a gift by Carnegie only 6 years after the deadly Homestead Steel Strike of 1892. Despite his good intentions, there was still bad blood among the steel workers for Carnegie, for defeating their attempt at organized labor.Read more…

Chatham University’s “Blue Lady of Woodland Hall”

Woodland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, United States

Chatham University is so haunted that they now hold an annual “ghost walk” to tell all of their tales. There are several scattered around campus, each with its own interesting and tragic story. The most well known is the “Blue Lady of Woodland Hall”, who has appeared to students, hovering above them as they wake. Nearby, Carlow College has its own tale in Room 947 of Dougherty Hall. Late at night, students have reported seeing misty apparitions and hearing scratching noises on the walls.Read more…

Congelier House: The Most Haunted House in America

1129 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Once noted as “The Most Haunted House in America”, this home on Pittsburgh’s North Side is still creating chills, even though it is long gone. It was built in the 1860’s at 1129 Ridge Avenue, the home of Charles & Lydia Congelier. The house had numerous owners and visitors, each adding to the macabre history of the building.Read more…

Covert’s Crossing

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

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.Read more…

Covette Tunnel

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

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.Read more…

Crow Rock

Crow Rock Road, Wind Ridge, PA 15380, United States

A horrifying massacre took place on May 1, 1791 in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Four young sisters, ranging in age from 10 to 16 were brutally attacked on their way home, by two Indians and a white accomplice in search of information about a nearby fort. Catharine, Susan and Betsy Crow perished in the attacks, and only their sister Tena managed to escape. The attackers hid behind what is known today as “Crow Rock”, which is located in Crabapple Hollow, Richhill Township, near the town of Wind Ridge.Read more…

Dixmont State Hospital

Ray Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15202, United States

This old institutional campus of buildings in Kilbuck Township was the object of many rumors and ghost stories. It has been torn down in recent years, but still holds a special place for many ghost hunters. The buildings on the expansive grounds sat vacant for many years, which only helped to increase its reputation for paranormal activity (the mental institution part didn’t hurt either).Read more…

Dormont Library’s Ghostly Librarian

2950 W Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216, United States

Dormont Library was allegedly haunted by a former librarian named Mary, who died in the 1980s. Mary loved the library and was well known and respected. Shortly after her death, strange things began to happen. Flickering lights, books falling from shelves and similar occurrences were attributed to her spirit. The feeling of her presence was benevolent, so much in fact that her surviving husband would visit the library to feel closer to her.Read more…

Frick Mansion (Clayton House)

7227 Reynolds St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208, United States

Most people suspect that the ghost of Clayton House is that of Helen Clay Frick continuing to watch over her childhood home. The home was opened to the public in 1990 and since that time, security guards have reported hearing someone walking around on the third floor of the building late at night when no one is there.Read more…

Ghost of the Allegheny County Jail

436 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, United States

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.Read more…