Between natural phenomenoms, ghosts, and the unexplainable, North Carolina is a haven for those who love mystery! We have the paranormal, the unsolved, and the questionable.

Tired of warm-weather fun and ready to get your spook on? Check out these ten weird places to visit on your next road trip!

1. Brown Mountain Lights

As the sun sets in Burke County, strange lights begin to appear in Brown Mountain. They are different colors, sizes, and move and dance in strange patterns. For over one-hundred years, no one has been able to figure out what they are.

Some even say they have heard drums in the distance when the lights appears. Are they ghosts? Legends link the lights to ‘ghost maidens’ searching for their loved ones after a great battle of The Cherokee and Catawba. Of course, science says it’s just ‘marsh gas’ but there are no marshes in the area…

See for yourself here….

2. The Devil’s Tramping Ground

The Devil’s Tramping Ground is a 40-ft, diameter circle absent of life. The small plants that do try to grow here never grow quite right. If you leave something in the circle overnight, it will be gone the next day. Legend says the devil comes to the circle and dances, yes dances, at night. While people have defiantly camped in the middle of the circle, everyone knows there is just something not quite right about this area.

Watch this ridiculous, short horror film made in the area. (I hope the zombie at least made 30 bucks for this).

3. Gravity Hill, Richfield

Going up, or going down? That’s the debate at Gravity Hill. Legend says a young woman was trying to push her stalled car up the hill, her baby in the back seat, when a truck struck and killed both instantly. Today, if you go to the hill and put your car in neutral, your car will go UP the hill on its own. Also, if you apply baby powder to the back of your car, you will see her handprints. Some say it’s just an optical illusion and you’re going actually going ‘downhill’ not up, I say…why do you have to ruin the fun?

“We’re going up hill!” Also, I personally rate this video PG-13, there is profanity so don’t open it up around young children, or just mute it!

4. Helen’s Bridge, Asheville

Legend has it that a young woman, sometimes called an actress, a housekeeper, or housewife(depending on who is telling the story) was so distraught after her daughter died in a fire, she hung herself from this bridge. Today, she still haunts the area. It is not just Helen but also strange dark orbs that appear too. People have reported hearing growls and getting random scratches in the area. The most notorious side effect of the bridge? Car trouble. Even non-believers are converted when their car starts to malfunction just hours or days after visiting the bridge.

Can you hear the sounds in this video?

5. Biltmore Estate


Between Edith Vanderbilt, a headless cat, and a woman in black clothes seen by the pool…the Biltmore has its fair share of hauntings. While widely regarded as “America’s Castle,” dark secrets and mysteries still loom beneath the beautiful interior. The most notable hauntings being that of Edith, still calling to George, and George, still haunting his library.

6. Old Davis Hospital, Statesville

The old Davis Hospital operated from 1950-1980. After the hospital shut down, the building still remained, but in dilapidated form. The brave souls who have visited the hospital have left with reports of dark figures in corners, cries of children, large thuds in the hallway, screams, chills down their spine. What ISN’T scary about an abandoned hospital?

Watch this video taken in the morgue….eeek. Also, the building is in very bad shape, I wouldn’t recommend just up and exploring unless you’re with a professional or someone who has been before. Also, trespassing is illegal…mmmkay.

7. Acid Park, Wilson, NC

Vollis Simpson created his “whirligig” park in Wilson. While claiming it a tribute to whirligigs, legend and folklore still surrounded the park. A story has floated through the area that Vollis’ daughter died in a car wreck while driving on acid. The kicker, she died in the exact spot where Acid Park now is, Vollis’ saw what she saw in her last few moments and set out to recreate it with Acid Park. While this is seriously folklore, Acid Park is super creepy at night.

The music in this video is quite soothing(good break from everything else), and you get a good look at the park.

Well guys…I’m all out of videos but here are three more places to visit..

8. Judaculla Rock, Sylva


Legend states the ancient petroglyphs imprinted on this rock were caused by a slant-eyed giant named Judaculla. He lived in the area, controlling all the game, and most of the inhabitants. Rather Judaculla’s footprints, a hunting map, or ancient Native American carvings, the rock is quite a mystery. It has perplexed archaeologist since first discovered, and dates back 5,000 years. You can see it for yourself in Sylva.

9. The Great Dismal Swamp


The Great Dismal Swamp borders North Carolina and Virginia. The mysterious legends, and people who lived in this area, still haunt this place. With large cypress trees, miles of swampland, and dark water disappearing into the distance, it’s easy to see why this beautiful, mysterious landscape inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe. While Stowe’s novel focuses on the stories of runaway slaves who inhabited the area, called Maroons, the 112,000 acres are a gorgeous sight during the day, but become terrifying by night.

10. Bentonville Battlefied, Four Oaks


While a popular location for civil war reenactments, some scenes at Betonville are reenacted by the dead. As the location of the last major battle in the civil war, and largest land battle in North Carolina, Betonville is a unique place to visit. Stories of phantom gunshots, cries from the woods, and distant marching have been reported in the area. With so much death and destruction, it is all but assumed some souls would still linger.


What are some of your favorite places to get a good spook in North Carolina?

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