There is beauty in abandonment. In the quiet demolishment of what was once an active environment. Visiting these places, you feel the energy that once overtook the buildings with life and prosperity. Now they sit quietly, some overtaken by nature, others kept restored through preservation efforts. Some are for exploring..and some are just for looking.
1. North Wilkesboro Speedway
Once a popular destination, this abandoned Nascar speedway sits silently as larger and shinier venues have taken its place.
2. Family Inn of America, Rowland
After a tornado destroyed much of the Inn, an openly exposed inside sits rotting. Plant life and vegetation have now begun to claim the abandoned Inn.
3. Davis Hospital, Statesville
Nothing says haunted and terrifying quite like an abandoned hospital.
4. Stonewall Jackson Reform School, Concord
The intrigue in this abandoned boarding school rests in the fact that much of the decorations, pool tables, and furniture still remain in their places, untouched. The dark past and rumors of sterilization used on troubled teens makes this dark peaceful ruin seem a bit more disturbing.
5. Henry River Mill
This ghost town got a second spook when the Hunger Games used this abandoned mill town as the perfect District 12 backdrop.
6. Abandoned Coast Guard Station, Pea Island
Hiding in the dunes, this old coast guard station now sits decaying in the salty air. Despite it's despair it remains in good condition and is a good site for explorers.
7. Castle Mont Rouge, Rougemont
Once a sculptors dream-to-life vision, it fell apart, and was left in abandon after the death of his wife.
8. Yates Mill, Raleigh
Abandoned but maintained, Yates Mill is a little less creepy and a little more perfect for a picnic.
9. Humphrey House
Positioned on the road between New Bern and Kinston, this house and its occupants, were once witness to the passing march of more than 2,000 Union soldiers.
10. Endor Iron Furnace, Sanford
This abandoned reminder of the industrial strength of the Confederate army now sits overgrown with nature.
11. Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, Claremont
Less abandoned, more historical, the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge is the last of its kind in North Carolina.