Since I was a young girl, I’ve been told the haunting stories, legends, and myths of North Carolina. It starts with grandparents or uncles trying to get a good spook in, but then, for me at least, it turned into me having to know the WHOLE story. While most children would shy away and say ‘that’s scary!’ I asked for books on the subject and read them front to back in one sitting. I have always been captivated by just HOW intriguing, mysterious, and haunted North Carolina is.
Maybe it’s our state’s backdrop of spooky, ever-expansive marshes to the east, and mysterious, enchanted mountains to the west. Maybe, North Carolina just has so much history, and mystery, the ghosts; the ‘monsters’, the sirens, and the headless feel just at home here as we do. Here are some of the absolute scariest things in North Carolina, although this is by no means the exhaustive list.
While some of these are spooky, some are silly, and some are terrifying, there’s no denying the impressive amount of legends we have here in our beloved, haunted state. Now it’s your turn. I want to hear your NC ghost stories, legends, and tales in the comments! You know I love a good ghost (or demon dog) story.
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Scariest things in North Carolina
Beth C. |September 03, 2020
What are the most haunted places in North Carolina?
As you might have guessed from reading our article about the 14 scariest things in North Carolina, this state is positively riddled with paranormal activity. There are loads of haunted places you can visit in North Carolina, and it's likely that you'll encounter something bizarre if you look hard enough. Some of the most haunted places in North Carolina include the Country Squire and Liberty Hall, Omni Grove Park Inn, the Biltmore, Battleship North Carolina, the Duke Mansion, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Grand Old Lady Hotel, and the Devil's Tramping Ground. Curious to learn more about the most haunted places in North Carolina? This haunted road trip will take you to the state's most spooky locations.
Can I visit any abandoned places in North Carolina?
North Carolina has a long history that spans hundreds of years, and therefore it's not too surprising that some of its buildings would be abandoned along the way. In fact, there are some abandoned places in North Carolina that you can see today. These places include the North Wilkesboro Speedway, the Family Inns of America Motel, Davis Hospital, Stonewall Jackson Reform School, Henry River Mill, the Abandoned Coast Guard Station on Pea Island, Castle Mont Rouge, Yates Mill, Humphrey House, Endor Iron Furnace, and the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge. Curious to explore these places and more? Check out our custom road trip to some of North Carolina's most abandoned places.
What is the most haunted place in North Carolina?
At this point, you're well aware that North Carolina is chock-full of haunted places. But if you're curious about the single most haunted place in North Carolina, the answer is a bit complicated. That's perhaps because the state is home to so many of these paranormal sites that it can be difficult to discern which is truly the most haunted. Nevertheless, many agree that the title of the most haunted place in North Carolina belongs to Devil's Tramping Ground, which happens to be number one on our list of the scariest things in North Carolina. While a barren patch of woods in the middle of North Carolina may seem underwhelming, it's the fact that something sinister could be at play that many find truly disturbing. Some believe the mark to be proof of a UFO landing while others believe it to be sacred yet most believe that there's something undeniably spooky about this patch of land. You can learn more about the origin of Devil's Tramping Ground.
Are there any haunted hotels in North Carolina?
North Carolina is home to some of the oldest hotels in the country, and some are notorious for being haunted. Perhaps the most famous of North Carolina's haunted hotels is the Omni Grove Park Inn. As summarized in the article above, there's a ton of mystery surrounding the infamous Pink Lady who fell to her death at the hotel in the 1920s. One hundred years later, her presence is still reported throughout the property. In fact, some have even spotted a pink mist appearing out of thin air on the grounds of the hotel. Other haunted hotels in North Carolina include the Carolina Inn, the Marshall House Inn, the Green Park Inn, the 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa, the Winds Resort Beach Club, and the Asheville Seasons Bed and Breakfast. Learn more about these haunted North Carolina hotels.