Have you ever been to a haunted house? No, we're not talking about your neighbor's house on Halloween with the fake smoke machine and spooky masks. We're talking about seriously creepy, like these haunted places in North Carolina.
8. Paint Rock, Hot Springs
Located on the scenic Appalachian Trail, Paint Rock holds one of the most interesting bits of folklore in Western North Carolina. Legend has it that men who camped near the area reported waking to the sound of singing. After being lured in by the beautiful song, the men found themselves looking at a beautiful Cherokee woman in the reflection of nearby waters. But when the men tried to reach for the woman, they were pulled into the water and drowned by an unknown creature.
7. Lydia's Bridge, Greensboro
The legend about this place tells of a young woman who crashes on her way home from a dance with her date. Following the crash, her date dies instantly leaving her wounded and alone, trying to flag down help. Lydia’s ghost supposedly continued to flag down cars for help only to disappear before they reach her destination. This bridge is no longer used.
6. USS North Carolina, Wilmington
The USS North Carolina fascinates paranormal investigators. During World War II, a soldier was killed in the washroom of the battleship by a torpedo strike. Visitors and investigators have confirmed sightings of figures in the passageways and portholes.
5. Queens University, Charlotte
For years, students of Queens University have said they experience the opening and closing of doors as well as knocking sounds from a ghost who has long haunted the school. The ghost is believed to belong to a former student: a young woman, who committed suicide after her parents found out about her relationship with another woman.
4. Teach's Hole, Ocracoke Island
Everyone has heard stories of the infamous pirate, Blackbeard, who sailed the seas chasing ships and stealing cargo while killing anyone who got in his way. That stopped when he was beheaded by the Royal Navy in 1718. Legend holds that Blackbeard’s ghost can be heard groaning while searching for his head just off the coast.
3. The Biltmore Estate, Asheville
One of the most popular and beautiful landmarks in North Carolina also holds rank as one of the most haunted spots in the state. Former owner, George Vanderbilt, died in his home during the early 1900s and it is said that sounds of his wife’s whispering to him can still be heard in the landmark’s library.
2. Old Davis Hospital, Statesville
Davis Hospital, a once functional hospital for more than 60 years, is now recognized as one of the most haunted places in North Carolina’s Piedmont. Visitors have said the inside of the building stays cool and eerie, even on the hottest summer days. Reports of the sound of babies crying near the pediatric ward and an overall dreadful feeling have been made by those brave enough to venture into the abandoned building. But, be warned, the hospital is now private property and local police forces do not hesitate to arrest anyone found trespassing.
1. The Devil's Tramping Ground, Chatam County
Located about 50 miles outside of Greensboro, The Devil’s Tramping Ground is said to be the place that the devil himself comes to earth to wreak havoc. For the past century, nothing has grown in this 40-foot circle which is believed to be where the devil paces each night pondering on the evils he will bring. It has been reported that animal carcasses often surround the path to this place and that items left within the circle overnight are gone by the morning.