The Fouke Monster is said to roam the timberlands of south Arkansas.
Legendary Monsters & Ghosts of Arkansas
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If you have no fear, discover where the monsters and ghosts of Arkansas haunt! You'll find haunted places in Arkansas, featuring Arkansas ghost towns, spooky legends, ghost tours, legendary monsters and mysterious lights.
Ghost sightings have been reported in many Arkansas public buildings. Reports of apparitions in the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas have given the hotel a reputation of being haunted. Several apparitions have reportedly been seen numerous times by guests and staff. They are so much a part of the hotel's legacy that the hotel offers daily ghost tours. The Crescent's sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park, is also a favorite haunt for restless spirits; nightly ghost tours are offered as well.
The Queen Anne House Bed and Breakfast in Harrison has reports from guests of being visited by those from another realm. Little Rock's The Empress Small Luxury Hotel and Bed and Breakfast has numerous recorded sightings by the owners.
Forrest City's 1906 Rush-Gates House has had its share of paranormal occurrences. Now the St. Francis County Museum, it hosts "A Night at the Museum" tours at various times during the year. Check www.SFCMuseum.org for scheduling information. Monticello's Allen House is an impressive 1906 structure with its own set of frightening tales. According to bestandworst.com, the home is the "Most Haunted House in America." Although a private residence, the owners offer tours by appointment year-round and special events in October. Visit www.AllenHouseTours.com for details.
Gurdon and Crossett are well-known for creepy legends about mysterious lights. Both are paranormal yarns about railroad workers who were beheaded while working the rails. Witnesses claim the spirits use lanterns to search for their severed appendages.
Where the Ghosts of Arkansas Live
Calico Rock has a unique claim to fame: it has the only authentic ghost town in America located within a living community. A downloadable walking tour map of Peppersauce Bottom is available on Calico Rock Organization for Revitalization. Don't miss what may be the best-known Arkansas ghost town, the old zinc mining town of Rush on the Buffalo National River.
White River & Fouke Monsters
For a different experience try spotting the White River and Fouke Monsters, both celebrated in Arkansas folklore. The White River creature has been reported as being "a gigantic sea serpent-like beast." For years, the Fouke Monster has been described as "a hairy, ape-like creature that haunts the swampy Sulphur River bottoms in Miller County."
Numerous other sites around the state have eerie reputations but are not open to the public. Learn more about spooky places and haunted events in Arkansas.