Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Gaurdian Ghost of Cloudland Canyon
At night, after the campfire is out and all the campers have retired to their tents to sleep, it is said that a ghost wanders the park leaving footprints behind him. The ghost is often seen on a high point in the park looking down on visitors. He is seen on horseback and in the garb of a Cherokee brave. Many campers report seeing him at their campsite and other campers have reported finding the tracks of an unshod horse in their campsite when they wake up in the morning. He is often seen wandering between campsites, watching the campers. These sightings are not described as fearful encounters and many believe the Native American is there to protect the park and its residents. I never saw this ghost while we were camping in Cloudland Canyon, but I could see why he would want to stay in the park, even after death. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever camped.