Five Spooky Rivers


Halloween | Credit: Pedro J. Ferreira

Happy Halloween! Want to go on a Halloween-themed river outing? Here are some of our favorite rivers with names to match the season. Know a spooky river that isn’t listed here? Add it in the comments section!

Ghost River (TN)

Here’s a fun blue trail to explore on Halloween. The Ghost River is a section of the Wolf River that meanders through bottomland hardwood forests, cypress-tupelo swamps, and open marshes. It received its name from the loss of river current as the water slows in the swamps. Blue trail markers show the way for paddlers through the disorienting maze of willow, cypress, tupelos, and stunted pumpkin ash.

goblins gate, elwha river

Goblins Gate | Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Goblins Gate, Elwha River (WA)

One of the first white explorers up the Elwha wrote that the canyon walls appeared to have “tortured expressions” and a “gloomy mysterious character.”  But things aren’t so gloomy on the Elwha today – a major dam removal and river restoration effort is underway, making the Elwha a great success story.

Dirty Devil River (UT)

The Dirty Devil was named by explorer John Wesley Powell in 1869 during his exploration of the Colorado River. Butch Cassidy and other outlaws used the river and its tributaries as hideouts during the early 1900s. Today the river is popular with backpackers.

Bat River Cave (MN)

What could be more appropriate for Halloween than a bat cave – with a river running through it?

Pumpkin Hill Creek (FL)

Kayak, bike, and horseback ride in this state park near Jacksonville. According to Florida State Parks, these coastal uplands protect the water quality of the Nassau and St. Johns rivers, ensuring the survival of aquatic plants and animals, and providing an important refuge for birds.