What Are The Most Haunted Cities In Kentucky?

Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

It’s the time of year for ghosts, but where can you find – or maybe try to avoid – them in Kentucky? Although wagering on Kentucky sports betting can be scary, we have something that will give you chills.

BetKentucky.com utilized GhostsofAmerica.com to compile the amount of ghost sightings across the state of Kentucky. After determining the number of sightings per city, we developed the Top 10 cities for ghost sightings. 

Kentucky Cities That You’d Most Likely See A Ghost

Rank City Sightings Reported
1 Fort Knox 93
2 Owensboro 51
3 Fort Campbell 49
4 Ashland 25
5 Corbin 23
6 Bowling Green 22
7 Georgetown 20
T-8 Newport 19
T-8 Middlesboro 19
10 Henderson 17

Two of the top three cities in Kentucky are the Army posts located in the state. At Fort Knox, located 25 miles southwest of Louisville, many of the stories focus on an 8th Avenue house, where ghosts with the smell of burning flesh or meat have been reported several times.

At Fort Campbell, located at the Kentucky-Tennessee border, many stories focus on paranormal activities that have supposedly taken place at the post’s Hammond Heights neighborhood.

In Ashland, a river city in Eastern Kentucky across from Ohio and West Virginia, many reports detail voices or unseen spirits emanating from the city’s cemetery. Residents of Middlesboro, in the southeastern corner of the state, have reported ghosts and other paranormal encounters in the Happy Hollow apartment complex.

Louisville Site Well Known For Haunts

The state’s biggest city did not make the top 10 list above, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any ghost stories there. In fact, the city is home to a spot some call “the most terrifying building in America.”

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in southwest Louisville was built more than a century ago as the city was going through a tuberculosis outbreak. The hospital closed more than 60 years ago, but the building still stands. The facility is now open for tours, and during this time of the year, it becomes a haunted house for people to go through during the weekends leading up to Halloween.


Steve is an accomplished, award-winning reporter with more than 20 years of experience covering gaming, sports, politics and business. He has written for the Associated Press, Reuters, The Louisville Courier Journal, The Center Square and numerous other publications. Based in Louisville, Ky., Steve has covered the expansion of sports betting in the U.S. and other gaming matters.

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