Scaponia Park

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The apparition of a man and his dog have been seen in the park. Legend tells us that he is the ghost of a horse thief from the late 1800s. So the story goes, an angry mob caught the man in his cabin, located on the current park grounds. They hanged the man and shot his dog, and buried both nearby.

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Scaponia Park
Vernonia, Oregon
United States

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45.84201756994225, -123.098404884513
Columbia County, Oregon
Nearest Towns:
Vernonia, OR (4.7 mi.)
Warren, OR (12.1 mi.)
Scappoose, OR (12.2 mi.)
Deer Island, OR (13.7 mi.)
Saint Helens, OR (14.1 mi.)
Columbia City, OR (14.4 mi.)
Banks, OR (15.4 mi.)
Kalama, WA (16.8 mi.)
Ridgefield, WA (17.2 mi.)
Prescott, OR (17.5 mi.)


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  1. My husband and I camp there a lot and always wondered if it was haunted. Were usually alone at the campground (its not very popular) yet always hear “people” walking in the trees around us. One night we were in our tent and saw “people” shadows walking around with lights, when we unzipped there was nothing there. No trees around that could make those nothing…

  2. My mom and aunt just returned from camping in this area. They wandered onto this campsite and loved the location so they started setting up their tents. They were happily getting situated when they heard an animal-like shriek, super loud, repeatedly from several different locations in the camp. A very eerie and disconcerting sound. But it was a sound they have never heard – like several animals mixed together. They explored the area and found several camps set up but with no other humans around… They had actually been joking about horror movies prior to the noise, so we’re guessing it was humans messing around with them. However it was so unsettling they decided to pack up and leave.

    We decided to do a little research, so it was definitely odd to see it was on a haunted list.

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