The Texas Hill Country can be a downright otherworldly experience. Is it the sweeping panoramas or the creepy paranormal? The region is mostly regarded as a beloved and peaceful oasis. It’s where you go to float the Frio and to take in the wonderful view of the rolling hills. But if you believe some Texas legends, the Hill Country is a place to have the time of your life… and afterlife. Looking for a little supernatural encounter? Check out the 10 Most Haunted Places in the Texas Hill Country.
It is believed that the original owner of the hotel, Walter Faust, Sr., haunts his favorite property. Maids in the hotel have also witnessed a black cat leaping from table to table and then disappearing. A female shadow is also often seen haunting the dining room. Paranormal investigators have reported that the elevator even moves up and down on its own accord.
Baby Head Cemetery takes its name from a tragedy that allegedly occurred in the 1850’s. As legend has it, Native Americans kidnapped a young girl named Mary Elizabeth from a nearby settlement. A search party went out, only to find that young Mary Elizabeth had been brutally slain; her head impaled on a post. A makeshift grave was dug and the final resting place of Mary Elizabeth forever called Baby Head Cemetery. Visitors to the cemetery have reported strange crying sounds that come out of nowhere and a general sense of discomfort.
Enchanted Rock has a history of supernatural occurrences dating back to the Comanche and Tonkawa tribes. These Native Americans believed that spirits resided in the mountain. Enchanted Rock is also the home of mysterious floating blue lights, believed to be the possible spirits of those sacrificed by Native Americans at the base of the rock. The great rock is said to moan at times.
Once upon a time, a young and fertile Mexican American woman gave birth to her firstborn child. Her husband became disinterested in her and left her for another woman. Unwilling to lose her lover, she drowned her child in the nearby creek. For the rest of her life, she would go to the creek and weep and wail for her dead child. This continued after she was dead. There are multiple reported encounters with her ghostly apparition, and even more people claim to have heard her unearthly cries along the creek. Spanish speakers call this woman La Llorona, the Weeping Woman.
Last century, a young man and his girlfriend got into a serious argument while watching a movie at a drive-in theater. He locked her in the refreshment stand and burned the building down. He then set a noose and hung himself from a tree outside the Kerry County Courthouse. Witnesses have reported seeing the figure of a man hanging from the tree, and that of a woman running around the tree. Others have heard the voices of the doomed couple arguing and have felt warm breath on their necks.
A man a with a denim work shirt and khaki pants has flagged down multiple drivers on this stretch of road. When the unsuspecting drivers stop, they see that the man is clenching a knife. Each time, his neck is rubbed raw and dripping blood. This is presumed to be the spirit of Mr. Lackey, a homicidal maniac who killed nine members of his own family at the turn of the 20th century. Ripe with thoughts of revenge, the citizens of Johnson City broke Lackey out of the Blanco Jailhouse where he awaited trial. They then preceded to hang him from a tree along a wagon trail that runs parallel to Highway 281. Legend has it that the mob had chosen a rope that was too thin to choke Lackey, so he hanged for hours before he died. Advice: Don’t stop for hitchhikers on this stretch of 281.
For generations, folks have reported seeing a white mist rising from the Frio River in the shape of a woman. Locals call this spirit the White Lady. This is believed to be the spirit of Maria Juarez, who died in the early 1900’s. The story goes that Maria was once loved by her sister’s husband, Gregorio. Maria refused to have an affair and preferred to wait for a kind man who could give her children. When Maria decided to marry a man called Anselmo, Gregorio went into a rage and shot her in the heart. Maria was buried in her wedding dress along the Frio River. It is believed that the White Lady is a gentle spirit. Children have seen Maria sitting, like a nocturnal guardian, at the foot of their beds. She has also been known to cover children with blankets when they are cold.
Discovered in 1821 by a roving entomologist, Dead Man’s Hole is a gaping Texas hell-mouth that drops some 15-stories into the ground. During the Civil War, Union sympathizers, including Judge John R. Scott, were killed by proud Confederates and dumped down the Dead Man’s Hole. Multiple bodies were retrieved during the 1860’s, but the deaths did not stop during the Civil War. Most recently, one ghost hunter reportedly heard the voice of a young girl pleading, “No Daddy, I just want to go to Dairy Queen.” It is believed that Dead Man’s Hole has claimed as many as 35 bodies.
The Driskill Hotel opened its doors in 1886. It has been the site of paranormal activity ever since the passing of its wealthy owner, Jesse Lincoln Driskill. His spirit is believed to haunt the hotel. Legends also have it that in Room 525, two honeymoon brides committed suicide in the bathtub–exactly 20 years apart to the day. Once blocked off to the public, the room was reopened in the 1990’s. Since then, inexplicable leaks and faulty lighting have continued to disrupt guests in this room. Multiple guests have also spotted the spirit of Samantha Houston, the child daughter of a Texas Senator. Samantha died tragically at the Driskill in 1887. She was chasing a ball down the stairs when she fell down the grand staircase and broke her neck. Her giggles can be heard throughout the hotel to this day.
The Devil’s Backbone is a limestone ridge that stands tall from Wimberly to Blanco. Ranchers have been known to hear galloping horses running along the ridge. Several people have claimed to see the ghosts of Confederate soldiers, a wounded Native American, and even the White Lady running back and forth across country roads. Once, a four year old boy visiting the area was found speaking often to an “imaginary friend”. When asked about the friend, the boy said she was a little girl with a hole in her head. When his parents asked why she had a hole in her head, he said, “Her daddy put the hole in her head to save her.” The parents were later told by local historians that families of settlers from the region often committed suicide, and even killed their families, rather than being captured by Native American raiders.