This popular tourist spot in South Dakota is on the “Most Haunted” list.

America’s national parks are a real treat, but depending on where you’re enjoying the outdoors at one of the 429 scenic spots across the country, there might be a few tricks thrown in there, too, even if it’s not Halloween.

Traveling has gone over all the reported paranormal encounters at some of the most popular destinations in the National Park system, chronicling everything from visits by dead presidents and stories of mysterious falling objects to the unexplained disappearance of boaters and hikers.

Badlands National Park

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One of South Dakota’s two national parks made the scary list.

According to The Travel, Badlands National Park is the third most haunted park in America.

They claim the area, which Native Americans called “bad country,” is full of ghost sightings and strange noises.

“Towering structures like Dog Watch Butte have a particularly bad reputation, with hikers reporting ghostly sightings and blood-curdling screams along the trails. Native Americans believed that their ancestors still lived in the area, protecting the land from all who dared enter, including their own descendants.

Along with Dog Watch Butte, the site also lists Stronghold Table as the site of numerous paranormal encounters. The area is located near the Cuny and Galigo Tables. It was the site of the last known Ghost Dance. There are no roads to the site and it is only accessible on foot.


  1. Everglades National Park, Florida: Murder victims, lost boats
  2. Big Bend National Park, Texas: Native American apparitions, falling objects
  3. Badlands National Park, South Dakota: Native American apparitions, victims of crime
  4. Yosemite National Park, California: Ghost of John F. Kennedy, deceased hikers
  5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina/Tennessee: Lost Father, Floating Globes

Haunted Places and Scary Legends Around Sioux Falls

Halloween is full of scary traditions. Trick-or-Treating, spooky costumes, local actors in “haunted” houses and the pitch black darkness of the area’s corn mazes.
However, if we set out to find real haunted areas what would we find? In the last 30 years of living in Sioux Falls, a few locations still gain attention as being haunted.

And yes, a handful of thrill-seekers will show up at our favorite spooky night for what could be a viral video moment or to experience a foggy ghost.

Let’s take a little tour of the most famous haunts around Sioux Falls. Turn on the lights and cue the Cowardly Lion: “I believe in scares, I believe in scares…”

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