Looking for something terrifying to do? How about a trek to one of these spooky bridges? From the ghosts of Confederate soldiers to demons with glowing red eyes, these bridges each have something unique to scare you back into your car…

Sachs Covered Bridge


Just a stone’s throw from the Eisenhower National Historic Site and Gettysburg National Military Park, Sach’s Bridge dates back to before the Civil War. Legend has it that 3 Confederate soldiers were hanged here after deserting during the Battle of Gettysburg. Whether that’s true or not, people have reported cannon fire, screams of those being wounded and killed, and some even claim to have seen a shadowy mist float through the bridge.

Emily's Bridge (Gold Brook Covered Bridge)

One of the most well-known haunted bridges is the Gold Brook Covered Bridge. You probably know it as Emily's Bridge, named for a girl who supposedly died on the bridge. From emilysbridge.com

There are many stories of how Emily died on the bridge. One story is that she was supposed to elope with a lover who was meeting her at the bridge, and when he didn't show, she hung herself from the rafters. Another version of this Vermont legend also starts as a love story. Emily met a man who stole her heart, and the couple made plans to marry. The fateful day arrived, and Emily went to the church in her beautiful red wedding dress ready to give herself to the gentleman in holy wedlock. The groom never arrived, and the jilted bride took the family wagon in a frenzy of anger and sorrow. She was merciless on the horses, and whipped them until they were traveling at an incredible pace, planning perhaps to confront the faithless groom. As she approached the bridge, she failed to negotiate the turn right before the bridge and drove the horses and carriage over the bank and onto the rocky brook below. Both the horses and Emily were killed in the accident. There is no written historical evidence that Emily ever existed, however. The first mention of the bridge being haunted by someone named "Emily" came after 1968 when a high school student wrote a paper on the subject claimingthat while he/she was using a Ouija board on the bridge, an entity presented itself named Emily. Other people using Ouija boards have reported that an entity has identified itself as Emily and said that she was killed on the bridge by her finance's mother.

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Many people who have visited the bridge have experienced disturbing paranormal activity.  People have reported scratch marks appearing on vehicles that were parked on the bridge and being touched or scratched by Emily's ghost.  Often strange noises are heard on the bridge, such as footsteps, ropes tightening, and a girl screaming. Many  have also reported seeing a white apparition around the area of Emily's Bridge. People that have parked their vehicle on the haunted bridge say they tend to hear banging noises from Emily hitting the vehicle on the outside, or a dragging sound across the tops of their cars. The most distinct paranormal events tend to take place between the hours of 12 AM and 3:30 AM.


Airtight Bridge

Airtight Bridge was like most rural bridges for decades… A place for kids and drifters to drink and swim, but on October 19th, 1980, the bridge was the site of a truly disturbing discovery. Two men saw a body just 50 feet up the river, but something wasn’t right. The woman’s nude body had been brutally mutilated- no head, no hands, no feet. The body was identified years later through DNA as that of Diana Marie Riordan-Small, a woman who’d disappeared from her home over 100 miles away. The killer, however, remains a mystery. Today, people who use the bridge claim there’s an odd stillness that creeps around it. Perhaps the murderer threw her body off this bridge and returns from time to time to reminisce about his murder or, even scarier, to do it again.

Ghost Boy Bridge

We’ve told you all about how terrifying Clinton Road can be with its dark history of the occult and even proximity to the abandoned Jungle Habitat, which we can assure you from our trip there, is also terrifying to explore. Part of what makes Clinton Road so scary is its Ghost Boy Bridge. Rumor has it a little boy drowned at this spot and haunts it to this day. Supposedly, if you throw some change into the water he’ll throw it back up to you. The ghost of a girl who died on the nearby “Dead Man’s Curve” is also said to appear in a ghost Camaro when summoned.

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Hell's Bridge

It’ll take a quick hike to get to this creepy walking bridge tucked into the Michigan forest, but the bridge is sure to scare the crap out of you. Legend says in the mid 1800s a seemingly friendly older man named Elias Friske went on a murderous rampage killing several children, and the demons that “made him do it” still haunt Hell’s Bridge. The full tale is quite terrifying and you can read it on Roadtrippers…

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