Ah, Virginia. Historical, beautiful, and home to some of the most beautiful parks this country has ever seen. It's also a state that is widely known to be very, very haunted. Since I moved back to Virginia Beach from Orlando, I've taken up my interest in writing about all things haunted in Virginia like I did before I left a few years back, and let me tell you: We're in for some wild stories because I have done some serious digging, and the first place I'd like to talk about a quaint little Virginia stop called Round Tree Park.
A 17-acre public park located in Annandale, Virginia, Round Tree Park is situated in a residential neighborhood and is a popular spot for outdoor activities such as walking, running, and picnicking.
The park features a large open field, a playground, a picnic area with grills, and a basketball court. There are also several trails that wind through the wooded areas of the park, providing opportunities for hiking and exploring.
One of the highlights of Round Tree Park is the pond, which is home to a variety of aquatic wildlife such as ducks, geese, and turtles. Visitors can fish in the pond with a valid Virginia fishing license.
The park is maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority, and there are no admission fees to enter. It is open daily from dawn until dusk, and visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles and clean up after themselves.
Round Tree Park is a beloved community gathering place and offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Round Tree Park is also, apparently, very haunted. Obviously, many stories of paranormal activity are often based on folklore, rumors, or misunderstandings, and should be taken with a grain of salt unless supported by credible evidence.
Still, the story behind the park is pretty terrifying.
According to multiple reputable sites such as Shadowlands.net, A known legend amongst longtime residents of Arlington and Annandale is the story of the ghost of a woman who "torments" people who dare to wander into the park at night. She is also said to be most active when the fog rises in the park. Noted. Run like the Devil is chasing you if it's a foggy night in Round Tree Park.
A quick internet search can tell that the story is popular amongst people on Reddit and the story even has a few Facebook posts about them, with some commenters saying they don't remember any ghosts, but the creepy house that was there since the seventies. The park has also been updated recently (2021), but is this enough to deter you from going to the park? I'm pretty curious I do have to say.
All around, Round Tree Park sounds like a great two-for-one: relax during the day and do a little ghost hunting at night if permitted). In all seriousness, though, to the best of my knowledge, there is no credible evidence of haunting or paranormal activity associated with Round Tree Park. It is a popular and peaceful public park that is enjoyed by many visitors for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities.
But that doesn't mean something isn't going on. Have you heard the stories about the ghost of Round Tree Park? Let me know in the comments!