North Carolina February 15, 2017
We Checked Out The 10 Most Terrifying Places In North Carolina And They’re Horrifying
North Carolina is full of history and haunts. From famous estates, to a particular ghost who haunts a hotel, and even roads where your car is pushed up a hill – things get strange here in the Tar Heel state. While we’ve had our runaround covering notorious North Carolina ghosts and haunts, some are a bit scarier than others. Here are the ten scariest places in the state!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Grove Park Inn
If there was a title of North Carolina's most famous ghost, it would go to the Pink Lady of the Grove Park Inn. Perhaps a debutante or scorned lover, she fell to her death in the hotel and seems to have never left. Her room is the particular hotbed for paranormal activity but she's said to be a kind ghost. We also featured her in our list of
10 Haunted Hotels
2. Old Wilkes Jail
Any jail where one of their inmates has their own ballad about being wrongly accused of murder is bound to be extra spooky. Old Wilkes Jail has housed notorious inmates and today is open for super creepy tours. Read all about Old Wilkes and its haunting history
3. Helen's Bridge
While a lovely piece of architectural history in Asheville, Helen's Bridge also has a haunting history. After her daughter died in a fire, a grief-stricken Helen hung herself from the bridge. Yet, people believe it's not just her spirit that haunts the bridge. It's such a hotbed for paranormal activity that multiple investigators have been brought in. Besides seeing Helen in a nightgown, they also report scratches, punches, kicks, and strange figures lurking in the brush. Read the full story
4. Devil's Tramping Ground
Perhaps the first haunted story any North Carolinian hears about is the Devil's Tramping Ground. The mysterious patch of land where nothing will grow has been boggling scientists, researchers, believers and nonbelievers for decades. It's even available for a night of camping for those who dare. Read all about this mysterious place in our feature article
5. Gravity Hill
This mysterious hill in Richfield is visited by many motorists seeking to see if their car will indeed be pushed up the hill by the ghosts. While some say it's an optical illusions, others faithfully believe the legend and story which is featured in our article about
7 haunted roads.
6. Lydia's Bridge
While there's your textbook 'phantom hitchhiker' story, this particular bridge in Jamestown comes with fact-based evidence as well as chilling interviews with people who have picked up the phantom hitchhiker herself. Will she ever make it home? Read the full story and hear the interviews
7. Maco Lights
While the Maco Lights haven't been seen in quite some time, it's the one North Carolina legend you MUST know. Joe Baldwin died here in a tragic train accident and since that time a floating light believed to be his lantern has been seen along the tracks. Even a US President gained interest in the story and brought it back to DC. The
history,story, and legend
are beyond fascinating.
8. Brown Mountain Lights
The one haunting you can definitively see, the Brown Mountain Lights have puzzled generations. As nightfall approaches over Brown Mountain, orbs of light appear above the treetops. The lights have been attributed to everything from ghosts of a Native American battle to 'swamp gas,' and scientists and researchers have spent years trying to discover the source of the mysterious lights to no avail. Figure out when and where to view the lights
9. North Carolina State Capitol Building
Politics aren't the only scary subject in Raleigh, dating back to the 1840s, from murders to politicians that don't want to leave, the North Carolina State Capitol building has some downright terrifying history and haunts - with most of the stories being reported by security guards on night duty. Hop in the car and read more about it while you drive along our terrifying North Carolina
10. Payne / Edwards Road
You have to have some serious bravery to drive down the haunted Payne (actually Edwards) road late at night by yourself. While beautiful countryside during the day, the night takes on a terrifying aesthetic based around the multiple legends revolving around this road. From an enraged mass murder, to a man murdering his whole family, to a car wreck where onlookers simply watched the victim die - things are weird here, and you'll want to read
before you go.
What did you think? Do you agree these are indeed the ten scariest places in the state? Sometimes I think the intricate back stories are what really counts when it comes to the scary factor, which you certainly can’t beat with these examples. Any you’d add to the list?