Most People Have No Idea There’s An Underwater Ghost Town Hiding In North Carolina

In the early 1940s, Fontana Dam was created to meet the increasing electricity demands during WWII. At the time of its creation, it was the fourth highest dam in the world and today, is the highest dam in the eastern United States. But both the Fontana Dam and Fontana Lake Reservoir left devastating and life-altering consequences on all who called Swain County home. Several were displaced and never able to return to their homes. While the Road To Nowhere is a haunting example of what happened due to the creation of this dam, many don’t know about another place deeply affected: the underwater ghost town of Judson.

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Judson is a haunting place, and it’s viewable around one to three times per year. For those who have been or witnessed it before, what were your experiences? When would you recommend others visit?

If you love haunting spots in North Carolina, this road trip through North Carolina ghost towns is one you won’t forget!