reply to post by alexbassguy
I've been interested in the famous "seven gates" and "toad road" stories, and for the past seven years, have been researching them. Everything I
find is a different story, different legend, different "scary" experiences by kids and teenagers. Everything I've read was different, leading me
to believe some kids just thought this up and the story continued.
If you're talking about Trout Run Road, believe me, I've driven down this road so many times I know it like the back of my hand. I also know Druck
Valley, Range Road, Tower Road, Codours Furnace Road, Rt. 24, I must have travelled this area hundreds of times since I was 19 to find some of the
I've parked at the sharp curve on Trout Run where you see the three gates (and I have the street sign to prove it). Been there, done that, walked
through all three of them and absolutely nothing even worth writing about. One leads to the creek, the others just turn into nothing.
The directions given to me personally about six or seven years ago indicate that the "gates" aren't these gates, it's a road that shoots off of
Trout Run a little before that curve, where you'll see a streetlight and a bunch of posted signs. I've learned from past experiences and LOTS of
fines not to go back through these areas, I've been caught, had guns pointed at me when looking for other "legends", etc.
One night, about five years ago, I was randomly pulled over by a Springettsbury Township cop because someone reported "vandalism" nearby that we
weren't involved in, and I was taken into custody until I convinced them we had nothing to do with it. The police take trespassing here very
seriously. Don't park your vehicle and leave it there, have someone drop you off with a walkie-talkie and have him drive around until you're ready
People, if you're looking for this legend, convinced that it actually exists, and you find any random path at night and walk down it, of course
you're going to get scared whenever you hear something make a noise. That doesn't mean you're in a haunted section of the woods or that the devil
is at work. It's part of the psychological "fun" you have when you enter the woods in the middle of the night. If you're expecting ghosts and
you hear something, what more do you want?
But to those who still insist on looking, I am warning you, the police departments in the area - Hellam Township, Springettsbury Township, and the
northern York Regionals are NOT NICE PEOPLE. Especially the regionals, from plenty of experiences. Yes, they do patrol looking for trespassers, I'm
sure the property owners have made numerous complaints to kids trespassing. Don't get caught going through there, it's just not worth it.
Not far from here is Gut Road, where you'll find an old drainage tunnel, a cluster of abandoned buildings, and two quarries filled with water. The
largest, just across the train tracks from Gut Road, has the bluest water you'll ever see. Very easy to find, but be forwarned, this is trespassing
and the area is marked (but not easy to patrol). Google Earth is your friend, and so is a military-issue flashlight with the night vision lenses!
Some other local urban legends are Kunkle's Mansion (BAD experiences there), Ghost Hill (actually an optical illusion, not a haunted intersection),
Rehmyers Hollow (know very little about it), something about a haunted prison on S. George Street, and a few others that I probably can't think of.
I life for this stuff, and if anyone knows anything else, I'd love to get more info so I can check it out.
[edit on 24-5-2009 by cruisinmaxima]