The 6 Most Haunted Places In Oregon

Written by Maura Hoff
Updated: October 27, 2023
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Oregon is known for breathtaking landscapes, lush forests, and exciting cities, often drawing many visitors. With its endless mountains and rugged coastline, it fuels the wanderlust in both tourists and locals. Still, everything has a dark side, and Oregon is no exception. From creepy lighthouses to eerie forests, the state is home to some of the most haunted places in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s not uncommon to experience a spine-tingling presence in a historic building or to witness chilling paranormal activity deep within the thick forests. If you’re planning a visit and looking for a thrill, consider adding the six most haunted places in Oregon to your itinerary. Read on to learn more!

Lithia Park in Ashland

Bridge at Lithia Park by the creek

Lithia Park in Ashland is considered the “Crown Jewel” of Ashland.

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Also referred to as the “Crown Jewel” of Ashland, both locals and travelers agree Lithia Park is a beautiful spot to spend the day. It is also one of the most haunted places in Oregon.

Many visitors have witnessed numerous apparitions throughout the park. Historically, a logger was crushed by a tree many years ago, and he still roams the woods today. Some even claim to hear the faint whistle of the music he played while he worked. Others also report ghost sightings of a young girl who was murdered brutally in the park in 1875. A blue mist follows her appearance in the forest — sometimes, the mist will follow park visitors, too!

Contact Information

Address: Winburn Way, Ashland, OR 97520

Website: www.ashland.or.us

Heceta Head Lighthouse in Florence

Heceta Head Lighthouse near Florence, Oregon

The Heceta Head Lighthouse near Florence has been lighting the Pacific along the Oregon coast since 1894.

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Heceta Head is a 200-foot bluff along the scenic Oregon coast. Popular for its rugged beauty, many tourists visit this Oregon landmark to get a photo of the Heceta Head Lighthouse and the sea lions that spend time on the rocks below. Built in 1894, the lighthouse is located ten miles north of Florence to light the Pacific waters and protect ships from pending danger.

Today, the lighthouse operates as a Bed and Breakfast for guests to stay and enjoy the historic view. Many tell the tale of a Victorian woman referred to as “Rue” or “The Grey Lady,” who appears as a grey apparition. While her origin stems from numerous tales and encounters, her appearance is often similar to those who share their encounter. Some also report the sounds of a broom sweeping the floor and other eerie noises throughout the building at night.

Contact Information

Address: 725 Summer St, Florence, OR 97439

Phone: (800) 551-6949

Website: www.hecetalighthouse.com

Crater Lake National Park

A beautiful view of Crater Lake in Oregon.

Crater Lake formed in an ancient caldera over 7,000 years ago and is a popular National Park destination today.

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Believe it or not, one of the most haunted places in Oregon is Crater Lake National Park. This well-known tourist attraction is home to many spooky encounters documented over time. 

Just under 2,000 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. Over the years, visitors experienced mysterious happenings that many believe can only be explained as paranormal. A popular tale is The Old Man of the Lake. Ironically, the “man” is not real but actually an old, large tree stump floating around the lake. It was first discovered in 1896, and legends lead many to believe it can control the weather. 

If you’re planning a visit to Oregon, research the origins of Crater Lake to see if you can have a similar experience. 

Contact Information

Phone: (541) 594-3000

Website: www.nps.gov/crla

The Shanghai Tunnels in Portland

Chinatown gate in Portland, Oregon

The Shanghai Tunnels are located in Old Chinatown in Portland, OR — the original downtown within Portland.

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Before Portland became the popular city it is today, Historic Old Town Chinatown was the original “downtown.” Many don’t know there is a system of tunnels beneath the city more than 150 years old. They were built as an easy way for cargo to be transported from ships, but a dark side quickly unfolded beneath the streets of Portland.

Illegal acts like prostitution took place beneath the streets of Portland, but the tunnels are famous for their deception. Life at sea was not easy, so many sailors would spend time at local bars, wait until men became drunk, and then take them to the tunnels below. There, they were knocked unconscious and taken to the ships as sailors against their will, resulting in the famous “Shanghai Tunnels” we know today. Many tourists experience a paranormal presence and even witness the ghost of an Asian man wandering the tunnels. Many report ghostly tricks like tugging on clothing or tapping on the shoulder.

If you’re hoping for a ghostly encounter, you can book a haunted Shanghai Tunnels tour on your next visit to Oregon.

Contact Information

Address: 226 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209

Phone: (503) 622-4798

Website: shanghaitunnels.com

The Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City

Geiser Grand Hotel

The Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City opened in 1889 and is one of the most haunted places in Oregon.

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We can’t discuss the most haunted places in Oregon without mentioning The Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City. Commonly referred to as the “Queen of the Mines” during the Gold Rush, this historic hotel opened in 1889. It became a gathering place for the upper class and was also used as a hospital during World War II.

Today, it has been remodeled and is still available as an elegant place for guests to stay. Many have reported ghostly encounters throughout the hotel, but all have been harmless. Supposedly, the most popular paranormal siting is The Lady in Blue. She sometimes roams the hotel wearing a long blue dress. Most witness her in the bar, her favorite spot in the hotel. Some say they’ve experienced the feeling of a pinch on their backside and believed it to be The Lady in Blue and her devilish charm.

Contact Information

Address: 1996 Main St, Baker City, OR 97814

Phone: (541) 523-1889

Website: www.geisergrand.com

The Bagdad Theater and Pub in Portland

Exterior of Bagdad Theatre and Pub in downtown Portland, Oregon

The Bagdad Theatre and Pub opened in 1927.

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When it opened its doors in 1927, The Bagdad Theater and Pub in Portland, Oregon, was the place to be as the new age of cinema began to dominate. It remains one of the oldest theaters still in operation to this day and has been the site of several movie premieres. Since its grand opening, it was remodeled into a pub with modern amenities, but history still haunts the halls as a reminder of a chilling past.

Legend claims a stagehand tragically took his own life in the theater behind the movie screen. Today, many have witnessed his ghostly apparition crossing the screen or hearing creepy whispers throughout the theater. Some have also reported the feeling of being watched inside the bathrooms. Employees have also mentioned a paranormal presence observing their work in the kitchen. If want to visit the theater, movie showings and times are available on their website.

Contact Information

Address: 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Phone: (503) 223-0109

Website: www.mcmenamins.com

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Maura Hoff is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is dogs, travel, and hiking. She has been writing for over 10 years and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Pennsylvania State University in 2016. When Maura isn't writing, she spends time with her husband and two Golden Retrievers, Basil and Sunny, in the Colorado mountains. Her passions are cooking, reading, music, and quoting her favorite show, The Office.

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