Ghosts, spirits, and demonic girls that crawl through your television because you watched a VHS make for great movies and books, but what about the terrifying stories of murder, hauntings, and other supernatural activity happening right here, in North Carolina? With a history rich with lore from people living in the mountains, or near the coast, North Carolina suffers no shortage of ghost stories. We’ve rounded up the most hair-raising below. Read on, if you dare.
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Ocracoke Island There are many ghost stories that circulate around the Outer Banks -- thanks to pirates and shipwrecks -- but none is as famous as the legend of Teach’s Hole. Teach’s Hole is a cove located on Ocracoke Island and is named after Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard the Pirate. In 1718, after years of pillaging and evading authorities, Blackbeard was finally captured after a bloody battle. For his crimes, the pirate was beheaded. Legend has it, Blackbeard’s head was hung from the ship’s bowsprit for all to see where it let out a blood curdling continuous scream until he finally died. His body, thrown overboard, swam around the cove trying to get to his head. After the screaming stopped, his body sank down to Davy Jones’ Locker. Some say, on the right night, his decapitated body can be seen swimming in the cove or walking along the beaches hoping to be reunited with his head.
Tarboro, North Carolina There’s a house in Tarboro, North Carolina which stands as a reminder of a gruesome crime that happened long ago. The house was owned by the respected Mayo Family, until one terrible night when Mr. Mayo completely snapped. In a fit of rage, he ended up murdering his entire family... even the dog. The story goes that when he finally came to, he couldn’t believe what he had just done. He was so overtaken with grief that he decided to hang himself in the house. Some say, if you visit the house, the family will be waiting for you there. At first you’ll see the dog in the front yard, which will chase you onto the porch where you’ll be met by the Mayo family. If you dare go in, the door will immediately slam shut behind you and the family disappears. And all that’s left is a noose dangling over your head.
The Ghosts of Asheville
Asheville Home to beautiful mountains, delicious food, and a vibrant music scene, Asheville is a prime destination for tourists... and paranormal activity. Two of the main attractions in Asheville, the Biltmore Estate and the Grove Park Inn are also said to be home to spirits. America’s largest house, the Biltmore Estate, also houses several ghost stories, including one of a headless orange cat that can be see roaming the gardens. But the story of George Vanderbilt’s ghost is the most famous. In 1914, George died of complications from appendicitis. After his death, his wife spent much of her time in the library, her husband’s favorite spot in the house, talking to George. It’s been said that after she died, you can still hear them talking in their library.
The Grove Park Inn has welcomed many guests over the years, but one in particular never checked out. In the 1920s, a woman in a beautiful pink gown fell to her death from her fifth-floor balcony. Rumors have ranged that she fell accidentally to she threw herself off her balcony due to a broken heart. Witness have reported seeing The Pink Lady in her beautiful gown walking the grounds.
Beware of Hitchhikers in Greensboro
Greensboro In Greensboro, there is an old, overgrown underpass that has been dubbed Lydia’s Bridge. On rainy nights, drivers have said they see a young woman in a white evening gown on the side of the road trying to flag down a passing car for a ride home. Over the years, many drivers have claimed to give her a ride, and every time the story is the same. She climbs into the back seat of the car and says that her name is Lydia and that she has been to a dance. She gives an address not too far away and for the rest of the ride stays quiet, but looks concerned. When the driver stops to let her out, she’s no longer there and has essentially vanished into thin air. Because she’s a ghost, obviously. See, Lydia died in a car crash on her way home from a high-school dance. And her mother, heartbroken, never left the house after. They say she stayed in every night until she died, waiting for her daughter to come back home.
The Brown Mountain Lights
Brown Mountain located in Burke County The story of the Brown Mountain Lights has been around for hundreds of years. The orb shaped lights, of varying sizes and colors, draw tons of curious people to the area every year. The earliest legend recounts a great and bloody battle between the Cherokee and Catawba tribes. After the carnage, women went searching for their lost husbands. According to legend, the lights are the heartbroken women who are still searching for their loved ones. Years later, an explorer came to the area to hunt with his slave. The explorer ventured too far and was never heard from again. It is said that one of the orbs is his slave looking for him. Whatever the lights are, no actual explanation exists.
We understand that you can only take a Saturday night at the EpiCentre so many times. We also get that, while the upstairs of Connolly’s may never get old, sometimes a new setting is needed to refresh your outlook on Charlotte. Think outside the box and enjoy some of the city’s lesser-known nightlife -- we won’t mind if you tell a friend or three.
NoDa/South End Everything you’ll see at these shows is unrehearsed, unscripted, and steered by audience suggestions. (Plus, proceeds benefit local charities.) Find the Improv Charlotte team eliciting laughs at UpStage on the first Friday of every month, or on the third Saturday of every month at Charlotte Art League in South End.
From Los Angeles to San Diego: Every Pit Stop You Need To Make Along The Way
With zero humidity and palm trees in the rearview mirror, cruising down the Pacific coast to San Diego from Los Angeles is summer. Of course, LA traffic can make it less cruiseworthy and more bumper-to-bumper. But with authentic taquerias, whale watching, and iconic surf breaks, there’s a quintessential SoCal pit stop just about every mile of the ride to distract you. Here’s seven summer getaways you can easily hit on the way to San Diego -- just don’t forget the sunscreen and a swimsuit.
The Most Beautiful Places to Rock Climb in North Carolina
Thanks to its mountains and natural rock formations, North Carolina is an ideal place for rock climbing. Whether you’re after multi-pitch ascents of awe-inspiring cliffs, or easy-access bouldering (climbing close to the ground, without ropes or harnesses), there’s something challenging and beautiful for you.
Marion You’ll be surrounded by unspoiled beauty at the third-largest wilderness area in North Carolina and one of only two wilderness gorges in the Southern US. Linville Gorge has climbing options for all skill levels, but be sure to climb Table Rock or the Amphitheater. After climbing, cool off at Linville Falls, a waterfall fed by the Linville River.