We all love a good scare, don’t we? The rush of adrenaline, the fear that engulfs your entire being and the wonder of whether or not you’ll make it out alive… If you’re looking to get the fright of a lifetime, we’re here to help.
Introducing the ultimate road trip of terror right in your home state of Georgia, we’ve searched high and low to find some of the scariest, darkest, most haunted spots in the entire state and compiled them together for the most paramount road trip of horror. Not for the faint of heart, you can complete this road trip in as little as 11 hours, if you’re just casually speeding through each stop. Or, if you’re feeling frisky, you can make this the most supreme way to spend a weekend—scaring yourself silly. We’ve got your Google Map
here, if you’re ready for it.
1. The Hay House, Macon
The Johnston-Felton-Hay House in Macon was built in the mid-1800s. Numerous whispers of hauntings have been reported after the house became a National Historic Landmark in 1974. Some frightening occurrences include; an apparition of an elderly woman roaming the hallways and wearing a gown from the mid-1800s, unexplained cold spots by the stairs, footsteps in hallways and doors being slammed shut on their own. However, the scariest part of all is when visitors and employees alike experience a feeling breathing over their shoulder, hear moaning noises coming from the master bedroom and footsteps in empty halls.
2. The Masquerade, Atlanta
There have been quite a few stories of hauntings in The Masquerade Nightclub in Atlanta. Most notably these stories include; a tall black man who is always seen walking around the nightclub, footsteps from unidentified sources and howling screams coming from the stairs, (which many believe are the screams of the woman who died there, after a freakish accident one evening.)
3. The Sorority House, Athens
This haunted house is now home to the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. The hauntings began in 1913, after former state senator James Yancey Carithers bought the home for his daughter, Susie, and her handsome young fiancé. The happy couple planned to marry in the home, which was nicknamed "the wedding cake house" for its intricate architectural designs and details. However, on the day of the wedding, Susie was left at the alter after her groom failed to show. She paced the home, crying and peering out windows, desperate to see her fiancé. He never showed, and the jilted never-to-be-bride slipped away to the attic and hung herself from the rafters. It is said that to this day you can still hear the wails---and see a peering woman in a wedding gown at the windows.
4. Bellevue Hall, Augusta
Emily Galt died more than 140 years ago, but some say she has never left the house, which is now part of Augusta State University. As legend goes, Emily was engaged to a soldier who was headed off to fight in the Civil War. She argued with her fiance about whether or not he should leave, but it was no use. He left anyway, and was eventually killed in battle. Emily then climbed the staircase at Bellevue Hall, and threw herself from a second-story window, joining her fiance in the afterlife.
She supposedly engraved her name in glass with her diamond engagement ring soon before her death, which can still be seen.
5. 432 Abercorn Street, Savannah
There are many different terrifying stories that people tell in regards to 432 Abercorn Street in Savannah, but the truth is this; it's just a dang weird place. It was likely built on top of a burial ground and visitors have experienced strange things there, such as a feeling of negative energy all around, cameras malfunctioning and strange ethereal beings photographed on the ground and floating through the air outside of the house. There's only one way to truly find out if this spot is haunted: You need to see it for yourself.
6. Kehoe House, Savannah
This is one of the most beloved bed & breakfasts in the entire city, but it may have a jilted past. Legend has it a pair of twins from the Kehoe family died after playing in a fireplace. Guests often hear children laughing and playing in the hall late at night, as well as reports of children appearing and disappearing. Guests have also seen strange entities inside their rooms. If you feel daring enough, Rooms 201 and 203 are particularly active for ghost activity.
7. Surrency Spooklight, Surrency
This chilling tale is centralized along a stretch of the Macon/Brunswick railway that runs through the small town of Surrency, Georgia. Legend has it, after a heated argument one night between a husband and wife, the wife left their small house by the train tracks and ran blindly outside. She was hit and killed by an oncoming train. The bright yellow ball of light that can be seen along railroad tracks is said to be the ghost of the husband trying to find his dead wife.
8. The Devil's Bridge, Cochran
Rumor has it, this bridge, located on HWY 129, was used by a Satanic cult to perform their rituals under long ago. As the legend has it, if you park your car at night, turn off your lights and put your keys on the hood, headlights will appear from atop the hill and race toward you, disappearing only as they reach the bridge.
9. Gravity Hill, Bonaire
The final stop requires a bit of direction: Follow State Route 96 east across the Ocmulgee River to the intersection of US Route 129. Once you have turned left and passed over the first hill, go to the next hill bottom and stop. Besides being a natural phenomenon called Gravity Hill, it is said that a witch was once buried on the grounds, 300 yards away from Highway 129 in the adjacent swamp. The grave is acknowledged with a peculiar pile of rocks, stacked around 5 feet high, with no surrounding vegetation. Legend has it that the witch exacted a toll on the Hwy 129 nearly 200 years ago. If you paid her price, she would help you cross over the ridge. If not, you would never make it over the ridge alive.
There you have it, folks. Did anybody get chills reading those stories? Who knew that some of the creepiest places in the entire state of Georgia could be seen via such an easy road trip?