Scarycuse Real Hauntings: Split Rock Quarry - Syracuse, NY
Haunted Attractions are great, but who doesn't like to explore REAL paranormal places..' We sure do!
Most "real haunted" places only carry a local "legend" or tales that's been passed down over time... Not Split Rock. As the official sign memorializes, 50 men were killed here in 1918 when a TNT munitions plant exploded. Walking the twisting roads leading to the plant at dusk is a bit unnerving. Entering the tunnel, is even better... Or worse, depending on your mindset.
Before dusk, on September 6, 2016, we pulled up to a blocked-road with one other car parked there. We weren't alone. Although it was blocked, I don't recall any No-trespassing sign, so we parked and proceeded on foot, walking up the old winding road full of cracks, weeds and satanic grafitti.
On the way, we could hear a few voiced that sounded like teenaged girls in the distance off the path. Sounded like they were partying in the woods somewhere.We just kept walking, seeking out the famed "rock crusher" we'd seen in pictures of the abandoned quarry.
Standing around 3 stories high, in the middle of an abandonded area, it doesn't disappoint. It would be creepy even if there wasn't such a tragic history tied to it. But there is. When wefirst saw it, there were 3 teenagers, smoking weed, and arguing abouthiw much $ Simon Cowel form American Idol is worth. As funny as that sounds, it definitely removed a lot of the spooky vibe we all wanted. These guys were just chilling at their regular spot, getting high, and exibiting zero fear.
Entering The Tunnel
There are 3 entrances, 2 near the front, and one hidden far off the the right hand side. Since there were kids hanging out at the front, we followed the path to a super creepy entrance descending into a dark, dank passage. Good stuff! Would have been creepier without the teens outside, but it was still fun to explore...
All in all between the teenaged girl voices on the way in, and the dudes partying nears the site of the tragedy, I hadn't scratched my itch for being spooked. After a brief stroll around the winding paths, taking in some crisp September air, and looking for any more spooky sites, we decided to head back.
The now dark, abandoned road back to our car had taken a different tone.
The walk back
I'm confident we weren't alone.
If you listen closely to the video at the following points- listening not only to what WE are saying, but for a response immediately after. Not only voices, but stones.
0:48 (Nobody is seen?)
1:23 (It burns?)
2:40 (Follow the path?)
That's it. At first glance, Split Rock looked like it was going to be a dud... But after our lengthy visit, when the partying teens were gone and we meandered back down the winding abandoned road leaving the property, we all had a truly hair-raising experience. My son has since asked if we could go back, which I've declined. It's fun getting into the Halloween spirit, but that was a little more than we bargained for.
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Here's a handful of random Split Rock images collected from the web... If your image is used here and you'd like to be credited, please contact us. Thanks.
Here's some cool aerial drone footage of Split Rock: