Haunted Places in Murphy, North Carolina

haunted houses in murphy nc

Stonepile Gap

Dahlonega, georgia.

Stonepile Gap may look like a pile of stones, but there is much more to these rocks than meets the eye. As legend tells it, these rocks mark a grave of a Cherokee woman named Trahlyta who was told to drink from a nearby spring (Porter Springs), and (depending on ...

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Amicalola Falls Lodge

Dawsonville, georgia.

The Cherokee Indian braves used to pray on Amicalola Mountain, seeking visions that would guide them in their lives. Folks say the spirits they consulted still remain on the mountain, and sometimes visit the beautiful lodge as well. Reports say the spirits disapprove of negative energy, and in one incidence ...

Forrest Hills Resort and Conference Center

Forrest Hills has quite the active property for ghosts. The property itself is rich in history with the Trail of Tears having gone through it along with a rich past of moonshiners and even a suicide by hanging. The majority of the ghosts here are quite friendly and even ...

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York House Inn

Rabun gap, georgia.

York House Inn is Georgia's oldest continuously operating Inn, since 1896. All manner of living, births and deaths have taken place in the ensuing 120 years. It has been rumored by various employees that a Civil War soldier smokes cigars in one room and several children play in the Inn. ...

Fred Jones Building

Former mayor Fred Jones passed away under suspicious circumstances at his Chevrolet dealership, now four stores and a café. He is said to haunt his old building, sitting at the café table right where his old office used to sit. The shopkeepers here have found their locked doors standing open ...

Bourbon Street Grille

Ghost stories abounded when this building housed Gabee’s Cajun Kitchen and the Art Cart. Witnesses heard phantom dishes shatter and disembodied footsteps, and chess pieces moved on their own. At the Art Cart stood a chessboard handmade from gourds, with the pieces made to look like Muslims and Christians. One ...

Piazza Italian Restaurant

At the Piazza Italian Restaurant, witnesses have seen plates and other items move or fall by themselves and heard a door with a bell on it open and close when no one was around. Disembodied footsteps have been heard here as well.

Back Porch Oyster Bar

The Back Porch Oyster Bar, in a building constructed in 1993, is said to be haunted. Witnesses have noticed odd occurrences such as a black umbrella that swung deliberately on a hook, all by itself; a psychic reported that the ghost is a woman who likes to play pranks, especially ...

Lumpkin County Courthouse - Dahlonega Gold Museum

Dahlonega Gold Museum, inside the 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse, is haunted by a ghost the staff calls Tommy. He has shown up as a tall figure in a hooded robe, seen on the balcony or through the windows. The stamp mill has inexplicably come on by itself and strange knocking ...

Picnic Cafe

The café, built in 1897 by Colonel W.P. Price, is rumored to be haunted by the Colonel himself. An apparition of a lone figure has been seen, although a psychic has determined that the ghost is a female who stands and waits for something unknown.

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Holly Theater

Holly Theatre is rumored to be haunted by ghosts who have shown up to watch rehearsals and sometimes play tricks, such as turning lights on and off. One of the ghosts here is believed to be Edwin Booth, a renowned 1800s actor and brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.

Historic Worley Bed and Breakfast Inn

The image of a boy was caught on camera lying in a bed. The ghost was said to be that of Claude Worley who was struck by a train and was brought to this inn, but never recovered. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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Pinhook Plantation House

Calhoun, tennessee.

Many ghosts have been reported here, including the Lady in the Gray Gown, a ghost who has been known to open the front door and walk up the stairway. There is also a monk who once held a meeting with several other ghosts in the Gathering Room. Reports say another ...

Mount Hope Cemetery

According to a psychic, Mount Hope Cemetery and the areas nearby are a hangout for a group of Civil War veteran ghosts. In fact, in 1953 town librarian and historian Madeleine Anthony took a photograph of the cemetery which is believed to show several ghosts as well as a mysterious ...

Keith Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Athens, tennessee.

At this inn, built in 1858, you may come across the ghost of a Civil War soldier. The inn was taken over by the troops during the war, and it is believed that this soldier died on the premises. Voices have been reported, as well as objects that move on ...

Samuel Cleage House - Clegg House

The Samuel Cleage House dates back to around 1826. Local residents know it colloquially as "The Clegg House." Locals gave accounts of noises and voices that have caused the inability to hold tennants in the past. Now, the building is gutted and going thru possible restoration. Summary of events: Plenty ...

Piedmont College

Demorest, georgia.

At Piedmont College, an orange-outlined ghost is said to roam the Getman-Babcock Dormitory, usually in the lobby. Also seen here is a ghostly little girl in a blue dress. Witnesses have reported the door handle turning on its own in the laundry room as well.

Little Greenbrier Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Sevierville, tennessee.

According to the locals, the friendly ghost of Margretta Craig haunts this 1939 bed-and-breakfast. The room where she is most often seen is dedicated to her, and the owners display photographs of her in her room. The ghost is said to do nice things like close the door behind you.

Millenium Manor House

Alcoa, tennessee.

The manor was built during the early 20th century, and the owner and his wife believed that as long as they worked on the property, they would never die. They eventually passed away, but many believe that their spirits still linger on the property. People have reported hearing disembodied footsteps ...

Western Carolina University - The Moore Building

Cullowhee, north carolina.

As rumor has it, in the mid-1960s a student was murdered after she refused a man's amorous advances. She now is said to haunt the third floor, crying, screaming and pacing. The man was caught and served a few years in a mental hospital, but then was released. He passed ...

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Garden Plaza Hotel - Holiday Inn Sunspree

Gatlinburg, tennessee.

This hotel building has more than its share of haunts. A man is said to have committed suicide in Room 471, and a reflection of his ghost is said to be seen in the nearby windows, walking around the pool at night. A Boy Scout troop leader is said to ...

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Rocky Top Village Inn

A multiple murder that occurred a couple decades ago is the source for this building's haunting, locals say. So the harrowing story goes, the back office was the site where two workers were brutally killed for a reason still unknown. Witnesses have heard the screams of the victims and seen ...

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Mysterious Mansion

The mystery of the Mansion involves a sobbing spirit. Locals tell the tale of a 7-year-old girl who died when she fell off the balcony into a creek below. Her ghost is said to appear around the anniversary of her death, crying and pointing up to the spot from which ...

Rocky River Motel

We have lived at this motel for three weeks. In that time, we have had two incidents where there was a clear and loud knock at the door, but when we opened it there is no one anywhere in sight. Our wall clock sometimes runs backwards. My girlfriend clearly saw ...

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Cabin On Roaring Fork

This cabin is over 200 years old. The cabin seems to be occupied by the ghost of a woman. The website address is: CabinOnRoaringFork.com The number of paranormal events are too numerous to mention, but here are a couple: One family decided to go by a fast food restaurant to get ...

Thomas Divide Overlook

Cherokee, north carolina.

Night-time visitors to this overlook area off the Blue Ridge Parkway (near mile marker 464) often claim to see strange, glowing lights in the sky. No one has yet been able to definitively explain the source or reason for these lights.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Folks say a shadowy form watches over you at this inn. The ghost is said to belong to an elderly woman who was killed here while she was working late.

Brenau University

Gainesville, georgia.

Agnes is the ghost who is believed to haunt the 1878 women's college called Brenau University. A former student in the early 1900s, Agnes is said to have hanged herself. Her reasons for her distressed differ depending on who tells the story. She may have been ostracized by sorority members ...

Baker Peters Mansion

Knoxville, tennessee.

The mansion, now Baker Peters Jazz Club, is said to be haunted by Abner Baker, a former resident of the 1840 building. The mansion was inhabited by Dr. Baker's family and several wounded Confederate soldiers whom he was helping during the Civil War. When the Union learned Dr. Baker was ...

LeConte Lodge

In the early hours of morning, guests staying the lodge have reported awakening to see a young girl standing at the foot of their beds, who disappears when she is seen. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

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Wink Theater

Dalton, georgia.

Wink Theater was built in 1941 by J.C.H. Wink, who in fact may be the ghost who is believed to haunt the building. Wink was buried on the premises when he passed away during the theater's construction. Witnesses have reported footsteps and strange banging noises.

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Balsam Mountain Inn

Sylva, north carolina.

This early-1900s inn has two haunted rooms: 205 and 207. There are logs in the room where guests can write about anything strange that occurs during their stay. Folks have reported footsteps, jiggling doorknobs, unexplained noises, and other sounds of someone making a racket in the hallway.

haunted houses in murphy nc

Super 8 Chattanooga Ooltewah

Ooltewah, tennessee.

Witnesses reported experiencing a feeling of terror when they saw the ghost of a 20-something woman sitting at the edge of the bed. She appears to be in the process of undressing, leading speculators to believe she was a prostitute who was murdered while on the job.

Chetoogeta Tunnel

Tunnel hill, georgia.

Begun in 1848 and completed two years later, the tunnel was used until 1928 when a new tunnel was built close by. The old tunnel was forgotten and became overgrown with kudzu vines until 1992, when preservationists lobbied to save it. It is now a park centerpiece, and a site ...

Wheatland Plantation

Wheatland Plantation, located off of Boyd's Creek Highway in Sevierville, is an 1820 Federal Style home that was constructed around a large geode by a Freemason. The property has seen more than 70 murders and deaths within its walls, while the grounds bore witness to battles of both the ...

Whitman-Anderson House

Ringgold, georgia.

This 1918 residence is haunted by a soldier named Captain, who has been known to knock on the front door and materialise by the bedsides of resident's of the house, as if to wake them up in the morning. Legend has it that he is waiting for a letter ...

Alexander Inn

Oak ridge, tennessee.

Although this 1943 inn is now closed and set to be turned into a senior living facility, it was rumored to be haunted. Folks said footsteps could be heard walking up the stairs and blood could be seen on the hotel walls. From the outside, an apparition has been seen ...

El Rayos Authentic Mexican

Calhoun, georgia.

The building that houses El Rayos Authentic Mexican Restaurant, formerly Place on Peidmont restaurant, was once a private home. Legend has it that it was inhabited by a woman and a little girl, who was run over by a car here. The woman lived here until her death of natural ...

Aqua Terra Bistro

Buford, georgia.

At Aqua Terra Bistro, witnesses say coffee mugs and wine bottles fly off shelves, voices can be heard in the dining room, and EVPs and a ghostly apparition have been picked up by ghost hunters.

Greenwood Cemetery

Chattanooga, tennessee.

Greenwood Cemetery is said to be haunted by the wife who lived in a large house across the lake. She became wheelchair-bound after an illness, and her husband began to have an affair. To get rid of his wife, he pushed her wheelchair into the lake. She is said to ...

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Southern Oaks Inn

Lavonia, georgia.

The Southern Oaks Inn was originally a home built by Charles P. Ray in 1918, who died here in an upstairs room, and that's who the current owners believe haunt the place. Apparitions of a man and woman have been seen, and strange footsteps have been heard. Reports from workers ...

Braselton Town Hall

Braselton, georgia.

The 1909 residence of the town's founding family is said to be haunted by a ghost called Little John, said to have been a mentally challenged boy who lived in the attic. He is heard walking around and banging when the place closes for the night. Also reported here are ...

Chickamauga Battlefield

Chickamauga, georgia.

Apparitions of soldiers are said to be spotted here just about any evening. Sounds of gunshots and screams have been captured here, and flickering lantern lights have been seen as well. Some visitors reported hearing cries for help and feeling cold spots during the summer months. An apparition called Old ...

The Old Cotton Mill

Jefferson, georgia.

The Cotton Mill in Jefferson, GA – This old cotton mill has a been shut down for nearly 50 years but has recently undertaken a restoration project turning it into an event center. Workers have seen several unexplainable acts including: -dark objects running at them and then bolt to the ceiling -foot ...

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Sheraton Road House Hotel

Room 311 is alleged to be haunted by the ghost of Annalisa Netherly. Although not much is known about her, her legend claims she was living in the hotel and was killed when her husband caught her in a tryst with another man.

Gordon Lee House

The 1840's antebellum mansion is said to be haunted by a man in a civil war uniform, along with the ghost of a German Shepard that belonged to a former owner. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Hot Dog Heaven

Woodstock, georgia.

The prankish ghost at this Hot Dog Heaven location is blamed for turning off the hot dog cooker and hurling buns out of locked bins in the middle of the lunch rush.

Tennessee Mountain Inn - Econo Lodge

Jefferson city, tennessee.

Once the Tennessee Mountain Inn but now reported to be an EconoLodge, this place is the home of a ghostly little girl. She has been seen on the balcony or in the hallways by guests and employees alike, and they say she is very sweet and friendly. Who she is ...

Barnsley Gardens Resort

Adairsville, georgia.

Built by Godfrey Barnsley in 1844, the ruins of the mansion are said to be haunted by Godfrey himself, his wife Julia, and a Confederate soldier who may be Colonel Robert Earle, killed on these grounds during the Civil War.

Public House

Roswell, georgia.

The Public House, known as Peasant Restaurant in the 1970s, was originally a commissary for the Roswell Mill constructed in 1854. The building housed the Dunwoody Shoe Shop in 1920 and a funeral home upstairs. It was a Union hospital during the Civil War, and as legend goes, is the ...

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10 Most Haunted Places in the Blue Ridge

There are legends, tales, and more hauntings all along not just Western North Carolina , but the Blue Ridge itself. Ghost hunting has always attracted visitors; whether curious about the supernatural, or just simply going along with somebody else's word. Either way, you'll feel that thrill of excitement while going searching for the unknown and unexplainable.

You might ask though, what places are really haunted in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina all have their own "sweet spots". They can be found in cemeteries, inns, sanatoriums, and places hidden in nature. Some of them have gruesome pasts; others simply have a few additions to the property, if you will.

Below are some of the most haunted places in the Blue Ridge Mountains , spanning from North Carolina to Virginia. The Blue Ridge is full of history, and in that history, the supernatural often remains hidden.

Keep reading, if you dare and if you are really willing to explore the unknown...

1- Tilley Bend Cemetery

The Tilley Bend Cemetery in Blue Ridge, GA, is complete with the story of an alleged witch. In the late 1800s’ a feud between the Tilley family and the Stanely family caused a series of unfortunate events. The bickering and rivalry led to a church shooting and a raid of the Stanley settlement. 

A daughter of the Tilleys’ had been married to one of the Stanleys’, and she had to watch as her husband died. She herself ended up dying in childbirth, along with the baby.

The mother, Elizabeth Jane Tilley Bradley, was known for witchcraft. She cursed both settlements that every child born would die. The following year came, and every child was either still-born, or they didn’t last the year. It was the Tilley family who put an end to it, hanging her from a tree.

Right before she died, she vowed to return. Today, her headstone stands alone, and the area around it is barren. The graves of the children are in the very back of the graveyard. Some say they can see her walking through the tombstones, and the daughter that died hasn’t yet left, either. Other times, people can hear the cries of babies.

2- Martha Washington Inn

The Martha Washington Inn is located in Abingdon, VA. It was once a beautiful mansion, and it also was used as a hospital for the wounded during the Civil War.

The inn is said to be one of the most haunted places in Virginia, although the ghosts themselves don’t cause too much harm. Some Confederate soldiers were shot on the property, and they died from the wounds. Bloodstains that were caused decades ago still sometimes appear, no matter how many times the carpet is replaced or cleaned.

Phantom-like figures roam the halls, and sometimes, you’ll catch a glimpse of the spirit of a horse roaming the property. Violin music will play when there’s no one there to play, and an unknown woman still searches for her lover to this day.

3- Mansouri Mansion

The Mansouri Mansion, located in Flat Rock, NC was built in 1850. It was known as the "Farmer Hotel" to begin with, and later on, it became the Woodfield Inn. The place may have been used as a hospital at one point, which only adds to the mysterious aura.

The mansion is a great place to stay for the night, particularly if you're interested in the supernatural. Sometimes, people have heard the footsteps of children running up and down the third floor. Or they might see BT Morris, a Confederate Captain, hanging around the Morris Room.

Whether or not you believe that such ghosts still remain, it's still an exciting reason to visit the historic inn. Who knows? You might find something that'll change your mind.

4- Forrest Hills Resort and Conference Center

Forrest Hills Resort and Conference Center is located in Dahlonega, GA. The land was once a part of the Trail of Tears, as well as a place where moonshiners of the past used to rendezvous. A suicide had also taken place in the center, so it’s no huge surprise that people have seen things out of the ordinary.

If you’re in the Goldfinch or Sparrow cabin, you might have something set down, only to find that it’s not in the same place you left it.

Or you might be walking in Treelopper Lodge, and suddenly, the lights switch off, but there’s nobody near the light switch. You might even catch a glimpse of a spirit or two inside the conference center.

5- Green Park Inn

The Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock, NC, is well-known for its hauntings, although the hotel itself does not advertise the news. The story starts with the daughter of the founder, Laura Green.

Her soon-to-be husband left her at the altar. Distraught, she hung herself in her room, room 318. She is known to lurk the halls of the third floor, as well as the Victorian Suite, a popular suite for newlyweds.

She’s also been spotted with a man, who is speculated to be her fiance. The sounds of ghostly children and distant parties have been heard, and there is a ghost log for anyone who stays there to either browse or write about their own encounters.

 6- The Patrick Henry Hotel

In Roanoke, VA, the Patrick Henry Hotel was built in 1925. The hotel has gone from a place to stay to a center of retail stores including a restaurant, apartment, and office spaces. It's still open to this day, so, all the more reason to check it out.

Several ghosts are known to roam the halls, simply choosing to keep watch over the place they either stayed at or died at. Three in particular are known to watch, but never engage. Their deaths are unknown, but still, they remain.

Another ghost sits at one of the tables, smoking his pipe and messing with the tablecloth. Sometimes, you can hear the voice of an elderly woman who had passed away, floating down the halls.

7- Stonepile Gap

Stonepile Gap is down in Dahlonega, GA. It’s the grave of a Cherokee maiden by the name of Trahlyta. Upon seeking a witch to find answers, she was told to drink the water of a nearby spring to be made beautiful. That spring today is now known as Porter spring, and it’s still said to have healing powers.

Her beauty had not gone unnoticed, and Wahsega, a Cherokee warrior, asked for her hand. When she said no, he kidnapped her and made her his bride. Her health declined, and before she died, she asked for her grave to be somewhere where strangers could pass and drop a stone on her grave.

From there, she would grant them the wish to be happy and beautiful. There have been two reports of accidents there, from those who had tried to take rather than give. Some road workers had attempted to move the stones for work, and their trucks ended up crashing down the side of the mountain. Some of the men ended up dying.

8- Paint Rock

In Hot Springs, NC, Paint Rock is a great place to check out, and maybe even hike around a little. According to legend, however, it isn’t the best option to spend a night camping. 

The story goes back decades, telling tales of a hauntingly beautiful song that echoes during the night. Men will awake to that very song, and, entranced, they'll make their way to the edge of the water. In the reflection, a beautiful Cherokee woman is singing to them, beckoning them to follow.

Just as they go to reach for her, the image changes, and they're dragged underwater by an unknown creature and drowned. This "siren song" has lured many to their death, and most people passing by tend to steer clear of the water by Paint Rock.

9- St. Alban's Sanatorium

In Radford, VA, St. Albans Sanatorium is a popular place for visitors seeking a ghostly encounter. It was built in 1829, originally as a Lutheran boys’ school, and before the school was made, a reported massacre had also occurred on the grounds.

However, the strict rules led the school to become rough and competitve; several homocides and suicides were known to have happened. The school eventually closed down and in 1916, it became a sanatorium.

As with many sanatoriums during that time, many inhumane methods were used upon patients, and several deaths happened. It, too, was closed down. Today, if you visit the place, you might encounter a few different things.

Your hair might be pulled with no one there, or you can catch objects moving on their own. Broken conversations whisper through the halls, and screams echo in the rooms. Dark shadows might flit past, or the sound of footsteps might be closing in behind you.

10- Riverside Cemetery

The Riverside Cemetery is located in Asheville, NC. It was the site of one of the civil war’s final battles, the Battle of Asheville. The battle lasted five hours between the Union and the Confederate exchanging fire. Eventually, General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate soldiers surrendered.

In 1885, the site became a cemetery as there was great need for one. Over 13,000 people lie in the Riverside Cemetery, perhaps more, because many graves are unmarked. It’s a popular site for people to visit, and the apparent hauntings make it all the more exciting.

People have heard gunshots and cannon fires in the distance. Some see the ghosts of Confederate soldiers marching in formation. There have also been reports of the sounds of children laughing. They have been speculated to have been buried in the cemetery after dying of yellow fever.

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Exploring the Haunted Mysteries of the North Georgia Mountains

A spooky looking old graveyard

Nestled in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains you’ll find breathtaking views and serene landscapes. However, this picturesque region is not just about stunning scenery; it also boasts a rich history filled with tales of ghostly encounters, eerie legends, and haunted places. If you're a fan of the paranormal or simply enjoy the thrill of a good ghost story, here’s a list of local haunted sites you may want to check out while staying with us at Nourish Vacation Homes.

1. Chastain House - Blue Ridge, Georgia (Approx. 29 miles from The Nest)

Front view of the old white Chastain House near Blue Ridge Georgia

The Chastain House in Blue Ridge is a notorious haunted site in the area. Built in the 1850’s, this home is said to be haunted by the spirit of the daughter of its former owner, who allegedly still roams the property. Mysterious footsteps, chilling whispers, and unexplained shadows have all been reported by those brave enough to explore the premises. Some report glimpses of a little girl running on the property or peering out of the window on the second story. Some hear knocking sounds throughout the house, the sound of children playing and laughing, and sometimes the sound of a child singing "Ring Around The Rosey."

The Cherokee County Paranormal Society is putting on an exclusive ALL NIGHT event this year on October 28th at the Chastain House. You can purchase tickets for the event and get details by contacting the Cherokee Paranormal Society at 828-837-6011 or following them on Facebook.

2. Tilley Bend Cemetery - Morganton, Georgia (Approx. 34 miles from The Nest)

A front view of the old Tilley Bend Church in Morganton Georgia

Tilley Bend Cemetery is steeped in local lore and ghostly tales. This serene resting place is said to be haunted by apparitions of long-departed souls. Visitors have reported seeing ghostly figures and experiencing an eerie, otherworldly presence that sends shivers down their spines.

As legend has it, Elizabeth Tilley Bradley, who was known for witchcraft, put a hex on the Tilly and Stanley families that every child born would die. During that following year, every child was either still-born, or they didn’t last the year. The Tilley family hung her from the tree in the center of the cemetery and buried her below the tree. Before she died, she vowed to return. Some say they have seen her and her daughter wandering through the tombstones and others say they hear the cries of babies.

3. Harshaw Chapel - Murphy, North Carolina (Approx. 13 miles from The Nest)

Front view of the Harshaw Chapel with gravestones in front

Harshaw Chapel, also known as Harshaw United Methodist Church, is a historic place of worship located in Murphy, North Carolina. While the chapel is well-known for its architectural charm and historical significance, it has also attracted its share of ghostly tales and local lore.

Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln’s father Abram Enloe is buried here. People report having seen and recorded various personalities in the graveyard area. Shadows and orbs are common. People have even reported being touched while standing in the graveyard.

4. Stovall Mill Covered Bridge - Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia (Approx. 42 miles from The Nest)

Side view of the Stovall Mill Covered Bridge

Venture a little farther from The Nest, and you'll find the Stovall Mill Covered Bridge in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia (near the town of Helen). This picturesque bridge dates back to the 1890s and is believed to be haunted by those who passed when an earlier bridge washed away during a flood. It is said that you can hear the sounds of babies crying and horse-drawn carriages passing over its wooden planks in the middle of the night. Visitors have reported hearing faint whispers and experiencing mysterious cold spots as they explore this historic structure. It is said to be one of the most haunted bridges in Georgia.

5. Old Rock Jail – Blairsville, Georgia (Approx. 15 miles from The Nest)

Side view of the old rock jail

The Old Rock Jail in Blairsville, Georgia, is a true historical gem, but it's also known for its eerie ambiance. Built in 1934, this intimidating structure served as the Union County Jail for over a century. Locals and paranormal enthusiasts claim to have experienced unexplained phenomena, including ghostly apparitions and strange sounds. Some believe the spirits of former inmates still linger here.

6. The Henn Theater - Murphy, North Carolina (Approx. 13 miles from The Nest)

front view of the old Henn Theater with vintage lit up sign

Located in the nearby town of Murphy, North Carolina, The Henn Theater is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a former projectionist. The theater, built in the 1930s, has been the site of numerous unexplained phenomena, including flickering lights and strange noises. If you're looking for a unique movie-watching experience, this is the place to be.

The area surrounding The Nest at Brannon Ridge is not just a haven for nature lovers; it's also a hotspot for those seeking ghostly encounters and spine-tingling tales. Whether you're a believer in the paranormal or just curious about the supernatural, these haunted places offer a fascinating blend of history, mystery, and the unknown. So, if you're looking for a unique and chilling adventure, consider staying with us and exploring the haunted mysteries that lie within a short drive. Who knows? You might just have an otherworldly experience of your own!

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Exploring local hiking trails and waterfalls  amid the chilly temperatures of fall in North Carolina  is one way to give yourself goosebumps and make the hair on your arms stand up.

But visiting any of the various haunted attractions and haunted houses in NC can also offer chills, thrills, and a pulse-pounding adventure you won’t soon forget!

With October just around the corner, the time for mysterious and spooky scares is almost upon us. And sometimes horror movies alone aren’t enough to do the trick. 

Visiting haunted houses for Halloween is a favorite fall activity for many people, and there are plenty of haunted houses in North Carolina happy to help provide a “fright night” to remember. 

With so many to choose from, finding the perfect one to suit your own nightmares (and preferred level of scariness) can be a daunting task. 

Read on for our list of the 10 Best North Carolina Haunted Houses to visit, including haunted attractions in Asheville , Charlotte, Greensboro, Hendersonville , and various other small towns in NC . 

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Best North Carolina Haunted Houses Guide

  • The Haunted Trail (Asheville)
  • Pinhead’s Graveyard (Canton)
  • The Haunted Farm (Hendersonville)
  • Lake Hickory Haunts (Hickory)
  • The Haunted Pyramids (Lawndale)
  • Hickory Grove Haunted Trail (Gastonia)
  • The 13th Acre (Monroe)
  • The Original Hollywood Horror Show (Snow Camp)
  • Spookywoods (Archdale)
  • Woods of Terror (Greensboro)

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Haunted   Houses  in Asheville NC & Nearby

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1. The Haunted Trail

85 Expo Dr, Asheville NC • 828-808-3341

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Located at The Adventure Center in Asheville NC , the Haunted Trail will be open for those who dare to enter on weekends in October (Oct 7-8, 14-15, 21-23, and 27-30). Show times are from 6:30-9:00PM.

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail is ideal for younger thrill-seekers, particularly those ages 3 to 12. General admission for guests ages 3+ is $18. 

The family-friendly attraction allows visitors to walk through the Asheville trail , with relatively gentle scares provided along the way via live actors and spooky effects.

This NC haunted attraction opens early, for those who prefer a scare-free tour before it gets dark. Their Sensory Friendly Night is also an option for youth and adults with sensory issues who want to experience The Haunted Trail.

The attraction is proud to partner with the  Manna Food Bank ‘s “Boo To Hunger” campaign, donating $1 from every ticket to help provide meals to less fortunate members of the Asheville community.  

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2. Pinhead’s Graveyard

562 Main St, Canton NC • 828-670-8228

Voted one of the best haunted houses in North Carolina , Pinhead’s Graveyard is the best Asheville haunted house for anyone who’s ever dreamed of being scared by Pennywise, Freddy Kreuger, or Michael Myers.

Presented by Otice Productions, the attraction is located inside an old building in Canton NC that’s rumored to be one of the genuinely haunted places in Western North Carolina .

The interior features new and elaborate sets, animatronics, and the occasional orb or two, not to mention the list of famous horror icons waiting to scare the dickens out of you!

Pinhead’s Graveyard opens September 30, with special dates and times throughout November.  2022 ticket prices had not been announced for this haunted attraction as of our deadline, but parking is free.

Note that this NC haunted house accepts cash only, but there are multiple ATMs around downtown Canton NC.

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3. The Haunted Farm

624 Townsend Rd, Hendersonville NC • 828-702-7911

Voted “Best Haunted House in North Carolina,” The Haunted Farm in Hendersonville NC purportedly has a long history of deadly scares.

Locals date the blood feud back more than 100 years, to the time when the deranged, brokenhearted Missy Mae Lively disappeared into the forest after the death of her lover.

Afterwards, countless individuals went missing after being seen around the Lively family’s farm . It ultimately became a forbidden place known as the Haunted Farm.

Visitors to the farm today can choose to visit one or all of the haunted attractions offered, including The Meathouse, The Farm, The Woods, The Demon Hay Shed, The Slaughterhouse, and the Deathyard Attraction.

The 12th season of the Haunted Farm is set to open October 1, with 11 weekend dates set throughout the month. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate starting at $35, with Fast Pass Admission and group rates available online.

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4. Lake Hickory Haunts

520 Carolina Ave, Hickory NC • 828-212-1442

Not just another NC haunted house, Lake Hickory Haunts is a spooky theme park attraction centered around one of the smaller North Carolina  lakes  in the area. 

The fright-filled fun includes the Midway of Mayhem section of the property, whose endless entertainment options include live music , a 4D Asylum Simulator, a horror-themed scary escape room , and much more.

For 2022, Lake Hickory Haunts has added several new attractions to its already long list of frightful attractions, such as “Shipwrecked 2.0” and “Voodoo Bayou”.

Horror fans can test their limits with spooky attractions like Descent, a 100-foot-long cave buried 12 feet underground, which visitors can explore and crawl around in.

Their 2022 season of scares starts September 17, with nights open through November. Ticket prices start at $32, with Fast Pass and VIP passes available for purchase as well. 

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5. The Haunted Pyramids

2745 Toney Rd, Lawndale NC • 704-477-6783

Located in Lawndale NC, the Haunted Pyramids boasts myriad chilling attractions for visitors to explore.

Known for their special effects, this NC haunted house has 6 indoor attractions as well as outdoor attractions like The Carnival of Terror, The Abandoned, and Dr. Venom’s Snake Pit.

Their biggest attraction is the Haunted Pyramid itself, which is widely considered the scariest haunted house in NC. We love that it’s ever-changing, with professional actors and effects that leave visitors screaming in delight (and fear).

The Haunted Pyramids were created by Special Effects master Ray Bivins, who worked on Hollywood sets for movies like Children of the Corn II and Talladega Nights .

In their 25th season, The Haunted Pyramids promise that 2022 will be better than ever, with more celebrity guests, famous cars, and live musical performances  at the haunted attraction.

This year’s season is set to open on September 25, with general admission tickets starting at $25 per person, and VIP Fast Passes starting at $40 per person.

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6. Hickory Grove Haunted Trail

4064 Mountain View St, Gastonia NC • 704-201-4762

For over 20 years now, the Hickory Grove Haunted Trail has been a haunted attraction in NC that’s well worth taking a day trip to visit.  

It has been voted one of the top haunted houses near Charlotte for two years in a row!

Located in Gastonia NC, the haunted trail leads visitors down the dark, windy trail into a forest full of “deep, eerie” suspense (not to mention a few crazy clowns and monsters here and there).

What started as an idea among a couple of friends has now turned into a popular local tradition. Members of the community show their support by contributing time and effort to making each year’s attraction better than the last.

The Hickory Grove Haunted Trail’s 2022 season runs from September 24 through Halloween night, open on weekends and select weeknights.

Tickets can only be purchased at the gate on the night you visit, and cost $20 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 years and under. 

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7. The 13th Acre

3718 Plyler Mill Rd, Monroe NC • 704-709-7000

Located at the back of the Aw Shucks Farm and Corn Maze in Monroe NC, The 13th Acre is a haunted trail where fear fanatics can experience their worst nightmares and see how far they can make it through the forest .

Those brave enough to enter the woods will encounter the deadly creatures that reside there and discover the chaos that lies in the 13th Acre… all while trying to find their way off the haunting hiking trails .

With only one chance to exit, The 13th Acre is a true test of courage for all who dare to enter.

Opening night for this haunted North Carolina attraction is September 23, and it runs on weekends and select weeknights through October 31st.

Tickets to The 13th Acre start at $20 per person, or $28 for combo tickets to the farm . Fast Pass tickets are available for an extra $15. 

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8. The Original Hollywood Horror Show

6333 Bass Mountain Rd, Snow Camp NC • 336-513-6938

Voted “Scariest Haunted Attraction” by the Travel Channel, The Original Hollywood Horror Show is one of the NC haunted houses that deserve be on every horror-lover’s bucket list .

Created by Hollywood producers in 1989, this one-of-a-kind haunted attraction (the largest in NC) ranks among the best haunted houses in North Carolina .

Located in Snow Camp NC, the attraction includes award-winning effects and sets. Visitors can explore areas featuring the Hellraiser Vortex, American Horror Story ’s Twisty the Clown, and Ghosts from  Pirates of The Caribbean .

The attraction also presents annual events such as the Hollywood Horror Show Festival and the Bad Ass Hearse Show.

The opening night for 2022 is September 29, running on select weeknights and weekends through Halloween.

Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online via their website. But they’re also available at the gate, starting at $30. Fast Pass tickets are only available to be purchased at the gate. 

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9. Spookywoods

1615 Kersey Valley Rd, Archdale NC • 336-431-1700

This haunted attraction near Greensboro NC has been rated one of the Top 5 Haunted Attractions in America for 38 years running. Spookywoods has even been featured on the Travel Channel due to the frighteningly good time they offer.

As soon as guests drive on the property, they become fair game to all the creepy creatures that reside there.

Brave visitors can roll down their windows to experience the eerie atmosphere, but beware of the questionable liquid substances you may also come into contact with along the way!

Spookywoods boasts a full-time art department, and the theme of the attraction evolves annually to fulfill their wildest, most horrifying dreams.

This year’s spooky season runs on specific weekends and even some weeknights from September 24 through November 6. Visit their website for more details.

Guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets online, and prices start at $30 for General Admission. Other ticket options include VIP and Immediate Access. 

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10. Woods of Terror

5601 N Church St, Greensboro NC • 336-643-3558

Presented by McLaurin Farms,  Woods of Terror is a haunted trail in the forest of Greensboro NC. 

This haunted North Carolina attraction starts each night with a Monster Parade at 7PM before opening up for chilling experiences such as Arachnophobia, Night Stalkers, The Blood House, Blackout Terror, and more.

New for 2022, visitors can add to their experience and go to the haunted Brookhaven Memorial Hospital.

On the nights of November 4 & 5, they’ll be presenting “Terror In The Darkness” a totally light-free experience. 

The Woods of Terror will be open for haunting on weekends and select weeknights from September 16 through November 5.

General admission tickets can be purchased via their website or at the gate, starting at just $30 per person. Fast Pass and All Access tickets can be purchased for an additional charge. -by Molly Frazier; lead image via Canva

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We encourage anyone who loves the Blue Ridge region to learn about the  Leave No Trace   principles of responsible environmental stewardship. 

Stay on marked trails, take only pictures, pack out your trash, and be considerate of others who share the trails and parks you explore. 

Remember that waterfalls and rocky summits can be dangerous. Never try to climb waterfalls or get close to a ledge to get a selfie.

When you're exploring the wilderness, it's better to be safe than to be a statistic!

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The 17 Most Haunted Places in North Carolina

With its mysterious mountains to the west and eerie marshes to the east, North Carolina sets the perfect stage for spine-tingling tales of the paranormal.

In this article, we invite you on a thrilling journey to explore the 17 most haunted places in NC, unveiling the chilling stories that have captivated locals and visitors alike for decades.

From the terrifying Demon Dog of Valle Crucis to the enigmatic Brown Mountain Lights, North Carolina is teeming with ghostly encounters that will leave you awestruck and perhaps, a little unnerved.

So, gather your courage and prepare to delve into the supernatural side of the Tar Heel State. Let’s begin!

1. The Demon Dog, Valle Crucis

The Demon Dog in Valle Crucis, North Carolina

The story linked to Valle Crucis is not quite a ghost story, but it certainly qualifies as paranormal!

The area is said to be home to an absolutely terrifying demon dog who chases cars – and manages to keep pace with them no matter how fast they drive!

Local legend states that if you drive past the old stone cemetery high in the mountain town of Valle Crucis then the demonic dog will leap out from behind one of the headstones to chase you!

Witnesses who claim to have seen this hellish creature say it takes the form of a large black dog with glowing eyes and yellow teeth!

2. Paint Rock, Hot Springs

Paint Rock in Hot Springs, North Carolina

Paint Rock is located on the spectacularly scenic Appalachian Trail and it has one of the most interesting pieces of folklore in American history.

The legend goes that men camping near the area woke up to the sound of beautiful singing. They were lured by the siren song and found themselves looking at the reflection of a beautiful Cherokee woman in the water.

They were compelled to reach for the woman, but as they did so, some unknown creature pulled them into the water and drowned them!

Now hikers and campers are careful not to stray too close to the water by Paint Rock for fear of meeting the same fate.

3. Lydia’s Bridge, Greensboro

Lydia's Bridge in Greensboro, North Carolina

One of the most haunted places in Greensboro is Lydia’s Bridge. Local legend states that a young woman named Lydia crashed on the bridge on her way home from a dance with her date.

Related: The Most Haunted Bridges in NC

Her date died on impact, leaving an injured Lydia alone and trying desperately to flag someone down to help her. Unfortunately, no help came and Lydia also died.

In the years that followed it was said that Lydia’s ghost stands on the bridge flagging people down only to disappear when the car got close to her.

Other versions of the story say that drivers would actually stop and pick Lydia up and drive her home, but on reaching the house she would vanish, and if the door was knocked her mother would explain that she died years earlier.

The bridge is no longer in use, but plenty of visitors still stop by in search of Lydia!

4. USS North Carolina, Wilmington

USS Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina

One particular place in North Carolina that continues to fascinate paranormal investigators is the USS North Carolina.

Records show that during the second world war, a soldier died in the battleship’s washroom during a torpedo strike. He is one of the ghosts that is now said to haunt the USS North Carolina.

However, he is by no means alone. Visitors, staff, and investigators have all confirmed seeing figures in various passageways and portholes around the ship.

Join a ghost hunt at the USS Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington

5. Queens University, Charlotte

Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina

Queens University is one of the most haunted locations in North Carolina and for many years students have claimed to have experienced paranormal activity in the building.

Common occurrences include doors opening and closing by themselves and knocking sounds that cannot be explained.

It is widely believed that the haunting can be attributed to a former student who committed suicide in the school after her parents learned that she was in a relationship with another woman.

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6. Teach’s Hole, Ocracoke Island

Teach's Hole on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Everyone has heard of the legendary pirate Blackbeard, right? He is well known for his tales of his adventures at sea chasing down ships and pillaging their cargo. However, few people know that he was beheaded by the Royal Navy in North Carolina in 1718.

Today, people who visit Teach’s Hole on Ocracoke Island say that they have heard the ghost of Blackbeard groaning as he searches the shore for the missing head!

7. The Great Dismal Swamp, Northern Border

The Great Dismal Swamp Northern Border, North Carolina

The Great Dismal Swamp covers over 112,000 acres along the Northern border of North Carolina and into Virginia.

It is open between sunrise and sunset each day and the sprawling cypress forests and waterways have a very creepy aura about them.

Visitors often report feeling unsettled and there have been multiple sightings of strange lights, ghostly mists, and shadows as well as reports of unexplained noises.

8. The Biltmore Estate, Asheville

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

The Biltmore Estate is probably one of the most popular landmarks in North Carolina, but aside from being a beautiful place to visit, it is also said to be one of the most haunted buildings in North Carolina!

The former owner of the estate, George Vanderbilt died in the property in the early 1900s and his death seems to have left a mark on the building.

It has been said that in the library visitors are sometimes able to hear the sound of his wife whispering to him during his final hours.

Of course, considering the fact that at 250 rooms, The Biltmore Estate is America’s largest home, as you might expect this is by no means the only haunting in the property.

There are also reports of a headless cat wandering around the property at night and people have heard disembodied voices in the swimming pool room along with splashes and laughing.

This seems appropriate given that Edith Vanderbilt was well known for hosting epic pool parties!

There have also been reports of a woman’s voice – presumably Edith – calling out George’s name!

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9. Old Davis Hospital, Statesville

The Old Davis Hospital in Statesville, North Carolina

Hospitals are always a hotbed of paranormal activity and Davis Hospital in Statesville is certainly no exception. It was once a fully functional hospital that operated for around 6 decades, however, due to dilapidation and public concern, the buildings were demolished in 2021.

During its years of abandonment, it garnered a reputation as one of the most haunted locations in the state.

Thrill-seekers and urban explorers reported that even on the hottest day at the height of summer the interior of the Old Davis Hospital was unnaturally cold. It was also cloaked in an overriding feeling of despair and dread.

One of the most haunted areas of the hospital seemed to be the former pediatric ward where people heard babies crying and also where people felt a strong malevolent presence.

Read more about the hauntings of Old Davis Hospital in Statesville .

10. The Devil’s Tramping Ground, Chatham County

The Devil's Tramping Ground in Chatam County, North Carolina

Just about 50 miles outside of Greensboro, you will find an area known as The Devil’s Tramping Ground. As the name suggests, it is said to be a place where the devil himself manifests and goes on to wreak havoc on Earth!

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In over a century nothing has been able to grow in this 40-foot circle said to be worn into the ground from the Devil pacing in a circle each night while pondering what sort of mischief he can get up to!

There have been reports of animal carcasses surrounding the path that leads to the spot. It is also said that if you place an item in the circle it will have vanished by the following morning!

11. The Brown Mountain Lights, Linville

Brown Mountain in Pisgah National Forest, Asheville, North Carolina

The Brown Mountain Lights were first spotted by Native Americans and have been at the center of great debate ever since. The strange, unexplained lights appear after sunset and they rise above the mountain peak and usually change size, shape, and color.

The best spots to view them are Linville, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Wiseman’s Gap. The U.S. Geological Survey has dismissed the phenomena as marsh gas, despite the fact that there are no known marshes in the area.

There have been various different suggestions made to explain the lights including everything from ghosts to aliens!

In terms of the ghostly explanations, there are two main stories that are often put forward. The first suggests that the lights are Native American maidens who are searching for their lost warriors who died in the great battle between the Cherokee and the Catawba tribes.

The other tale suggests that the light is actually a lantern carried by a slave who is searching the mountain for his lost master, an explorer who went missing on the mountain.

12. Grove Park Inn, Asheville

Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville, North Carolina

Grove Park Inn is a large hotel and spa complex that was built using boulders dug from a nearby mountain. It is also one of the most haunted hotels in North Carolina .

It is said to be home to the Pink Lady, believed to be the spirit of a woman who fell to her death in the hotel’s atrium in the early 1920s.

Learn more on the ghosts of the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

13. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton

Image of the reportedly haunted Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, NC

The lighthouse was originally built in 1870 and has undergone many reinforcements over the years, it has even been moved inland on more than one occasion as the shoreline reduced.

Sailors on their way past the lighthouse have often sighted what appears to be the ghost of a man walking along the beach, believed by many to be the ghost of the inventor Theodore Burr, who lost his life in a shipwreck near the lighthouse.

As well as other chilling tales, one that stands out is the story of the Carroll A. Deering ship. Famously known as the Ghost Ship, it washed ashore in 1921 completely void of passengers or equipment.

Learn more on the haunted Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton NC

14. Historic Brookstown Inn, Winston-Salem

haunted brookstown inn winston salem

A hop, skip, and a jump away from Old Salem lies the Historic Brookstown Inn , which has been standing tall since 1837 – so you know it’s got stories to tell!

Once a cotton mill infamous for its grueling work environment and pint-sized laborers, it’s no wonder that Brookstown Inn is considered Winston-Salem’s most haunted hotspot . Deaths? Check. Ghosts? You bet!

If you’re seeking the paranormal, head straight to the fourth floor. Here, you’ll find Sally, the resident ghostly celebrity. After a workplace disagreement (and we thought our co-workers were tough!), poor Sally found herself at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Room 401 is her favorite haunt, as it used to be the dormitory for the mill workers.

But don’t worry, Sally isn’t alone. The hotel is also home to a playful posse of ghost kiddos. You might hear their tiny footsteps scampering through the halls or catch the sound of their ghostly giggles.

And let’s not forget Eddie. If you’re ever in an empty room and suddenly hear heavy stomping, it’s probably just Eddie making his ghostly presence known.

15. Roanoke Island, Dare County

roanoke island inn

Picture this: the year is 1585, and Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth I’s BFF, is tasked with establishing America’s first permanent colony. Talk about a daunting gig!

Raleigh and his crew, led by Ralph Lane, set sail and encounter stormy seas, a shipwreck, and a lost silver cup (the horror!). Tensions rise between settlers and Native Americans, and ultimately, the first colonization attempt ends in retreat.

But, like a phoenix from the ashes, Raleigh tries again. This time, John White leads the expedition, arriving at Roanoke Island in 1587. Virginia Dare, the first English child born on North American soil, comes into the world. What a time to be alive!

White returns to England for supplies but gets caught up in the war with Spain. When he finally makes it back to Roanoke, he finds… nothing. No people, no daughter, no granddaughter – just the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree. Spooky, right?

Fast forward to today, and Roanoke Island is teeming with legends and ghosts. Virginia Dare’s spirit is said to be trapped in a white doe, and visitors flock to catch a glimpse of this ethereal creature.

But wait, there’s more! The Roanoke Island Inn, a charming bed and breakfast, is also haunted. Asa and Martha Jones built the inn in the 1860s, and their descendant Roscoe Jones, a disgraced postman, died there in despair. Guests now report mysterious footsteps, radios turning on and off, and objects mysteriously smashing.

Learn more about the haunted Roanoke Island

16. Duke mansion, Charlotte

Haunted Duke Mansion

Introducing the 16th addition to North Carolina’s most haunted places: The Haunted Duke Mansion in Charlotte!

This stately, century-old mansion at 400 Hermitage Road has quite the history, from its creation as Lynwood Mansion by Zebulon V. Taylor to its expansion by James Buchanan Duke, who also developed Duke University, Duke Energy, and the Duke Endowment while residing there.

The mansion has gone through various ownerships, transformations, and even a fire, but its hauntingly beautiful charm remains.

Now, let’s get to the spooky stuff. The Duke Mansion is haunted by a tragic love story that unfolded between a previous owner, Jon Avery, and a young writer who had come to document the historic property.

Their forbidden romance led to a dramatic promise to reunite in the mansion’s gardens one year later, whether “dead or alive.”

Fast forward a year, and the young writer, now engaged to another man, keeps her promise to meet Avery. To her shock, she encounters his ghostly presence in the garden.

You see, Mr. Avery had passed away just days before their meeting, but love truly knows no bounds—even in the afterlife.

17. Latta Place, Huntersville

latta plantation

Nestled in Huntersville, North Carolina, lies Latta Place , a historic cotton plantation with a twist. Dating back to the early 1800s, this 52-acre estate boasts picturesque gardens, fields, and livestock quarters. Today, it serves as a living history exhibit and a National Register of Historic Places.

Related: The Most Haunted Plantations in NC

But there’s more to Latta Place than meets the eye. Staff and volunteers report eerie happenings, such as moving furniture, shadowy figures, and laughter from unseen children.

Despite the paranormal activity, these friendly ghosts add charm to the estate. Visitors can enjoy ghost walks, explore the scenic Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, and immerse themselves in the captivating history of Latta Place.

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8 Must-See North Carolina Haunted Houses in 2023

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If you love Halloween haunted house attractions , you’ve come to the right place! We currently have 56 spooky haunts listed in North Carolina , including twisted trails , haunted hayrides , home haunts , corn mazes , and more!

Here’s a list of some of the most popular haunted houses on our website that you don’t want to miss this season!

8. Extreme Fear ScareGrounds – Kinson, NC

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Extreme Fear ScareGrounds opens for the 2023 season starting September 22nd. New this year is Midway Madness and The Basement Escape! You can also experience Mayhem 3D, Nixon Asylum, and Insanity at the ScareGrounds.

To read more about the experience, check out Team Jefferson Starship ‘s 2022 review HERE .

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7. Boogerwoods Haunted Attraction – Rockwell, NC

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Boogerwoods is an entertaining haunt in the Carolinas that is put on all for finding the cure for cystic fibrosis. New for 2023 are the Mineshaft, Backwoods Theater, Boogerassic Park, Booger Labs, Earl’s Small Engine Repair, the Pirate Ship, and more! Opening night is October 13th.

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6. Lake Hickory Haunts – Hickory, NC

Lake Hickory Haunts Square

Lake Hickory Haunts is a haunted theme park featuring 13 haunted attractions and more. New for 2023 is the Big Top Circus, a massive midway expansion, and the Ghost Town. Opening night is September 16th.

Check out Team Jefferson Starship ‘s 2022 review for more info HERE .

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5. Panic Attack Haunted Attraction – Nakina, NC

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Panic Attack is a winding walk through differently-themed sections that will give you chills! For 2023, they have a new addition, Twisted Tales, Scary FairyTales! The limits will be pushed, and lines will be crossed!

Check out Team Jefferson Starship ‘s 2022 review HERE .

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4. The Haunted Farm – Hendersonville, NC

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The Haunted Farm is celebrating 13 years of terror! “The haunted farm sits on a mysterious stretch of land where locals claim an age-old blood feud between two families has devastated the local farming community. “

To learn more about the experience, check out Team Jefferson Starship ‘s 2022 review HERE .

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3. Kersey Valley Spookywoods – Archdale, NC

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Kersey Valley SpookyWoods Haunted Attraction is a multi-element show that offers a thrilling experience for all horror enthusiasts. From multiple haunted houses, a dark tram ride, icons of horror lurking about, a cornfield laser maze, a midway, and more, we’re sure there’s something for haunt lovers of all types here. Their season begins September 15th.

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2. Woods of Terror – Greensboro, NC

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Woods of Terror is a haunted thrill park featuring over 16 terrifying haunted attractions with one ticket! They also have a monster midway filled with games, food, and fun! Get your scream on starting September 16th!

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1. Nightmare Factory – Havelock, NC

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Nightmare Factory is eastern NC’s premier haunted attraction! If you’re looking for a fantastic night of entertainment, fun, and fear, this is your stop. Their doors open starting September 29th.

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8 Best Haunted Houses in North Carolina You Must Visit

June 8, 2023 //  by  Southern Trippers

Looking to visit some of the best haunted houses in North Carolina? Look no further! We have got you covered. Of course you can spend your time in North Carolina exploring hiking trails and waterfalls and cute mountain towns , but what if you want to visit a spooky attraction to change things up?

Whether you believe in ghosts or the supernatural is up for you to decide! But between fright nights in NC and actual, historic haunted places, there are tons of stops you may want to take during a haunting exploration. So, get your bags packed! And go visit the best North Carolina haunted houses around!

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What is the most Extreme Haunted House in North Carolina?

Farms don’t always seem scary… but look no further than NC’s Haunted Farm! This one of the East coast’s scariest attractions and has been voted the best haunted house in NC for years! Located on rural farmland near Hendersonville, the Haunted Farm sits on a blood-soaked stretch of land. Locals claim a historic feud between the Lively and Take families has caused this history of curses.

This location has been around for over 13 seasons and is full of thrills and scares! Please make sure you enter at your own risk: actors are there to frighten and startle. There are no refunds, so read warnings and disclaimers! And keep an eye out for the new addition on site: the Haunted Factory! Of all haunted farms in North Carolina, check this one out!

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Are there Haunted Farms in North Carolina?

Are there haunted farms in North Carolina?! Yes! I mean, just read the heading above about the Haunted Farm. These are some of the best haunted places in North Carolina, honestly. There is something about being on stretched out land in the dark that is scary!

In addition to the Haunted Farm, there is also the Granville Haunt Farm, the Clayton Fear Farm, the Reapers Realm Haunted Farm, and the Haunted Forest at Panic Point (which may be considered haunted woods in North Carolina, but alas).

These options are endless. They also vary in terms of scar factor, so do you research ahead of time based off of your wants and needs! Or try them all and enjoy the best haunted houses in North Carolina that are located– most of them time– in the middle of no where! Talk about scary!

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Best Haunted Houses in North Carolina

1. the haunted farm.

We know we’ve already spent some time talking about the Haunted Farm, but we wanted to make it clear that this is one of the best haunted houses in North Carolina, so you must visit it.

For over 13 seasons this haunt has grown. Now, as mentioned, it doesn’t have an age restriction, but it is SUPER scary, so don’t bring your kids. There are many attractions here: the farm, the meat house, the demon hay shed, the slaughterhouse and more. And don’t forget 2023 is bringing the new factory too!

Keep an eye out for that feud between the Lively and Tate families. For over 100 years, these families have caused some serious haunts. The land is as deadly as the feud. Just watch out for certain spots, like the Clear Creek. You’re bound to see a ghost there.

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2. The Haunted Trail

Asheville haunted houses aren’t hard to come by, but when you want the best haunted attractions in North Carolina, you have got to the Haunted Trail. We want to make sure we put this on the list because it is one of the few family friendly haunts.

Sometimes you need options for the kids too! For over 11 seasons, this haunt comes to life each season. Boils and ghouls from the local Asheville Plays come out to put this event on. There is a typical haunted trail, and then a glow trail too!

Illuminate your trail with laser lights and twinkle lights. And don’t forget that there are sensory friendly nights available too. Food, beverages and games are also available. This is the place for all– from 4 years old to adults, it is a less scary haunt. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun!

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3. Lake Hickory Haunts

Scary haunted houses in NC are plentiful, but what about scary attractions on the water?! That’s right! Of all Hickory haunted houses, check out Lake Hickory Haunts. Be prepared to be scared.

Visit attractions like the Big Top Circus. This is back from pervious seasons and is now three times bigger! Visit the Massive Midway Expansion! Or take a walk through Ghost Town. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for characters: Dr. Death, Boss, Lilith, and the Boogeyman will be returning.

This haunt also separates its tickets based on most crowded and easy crowded nights. So check their calendars! And book ahead. The backdrop of the lake here is stunning. And the monsters take care with their haunts. Not all ages may enjoy this.

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4. The Haunted Pyramids

Of all the best haunted houses in NC, the haunted houses in Charlotte or near Charlotte take the cake. One of those locations is the Haunted Pyramids. Technically, it is located on Lawndale, off of Toney Rd. But it is close to Charlotte to count!

The Haunted Pyramids are known for their special effects. With 6 indoor attractions– featuring things like the Carnival of Terror and Dr. Venom’s Snake Pit– you’ll never be bored here! The ever changing Haunted Pyramid itself is a must see.

Created by Special Effects Master Ray Bivins (seriously, he worked on Children of the corn), you’ll love the work here. With food, cars, celebrity guests, and live musics, this is the place to visit. Even if the pyramids aren’t one of the real haunted houses in North Carolina, you’ll leave spooked.

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5. Hillside Horror

Nestled deep in the darkness of the foothills, there’s no escaping. Hillside Horror is a unique setting that cannot be matched. You must experiencing it. Here you can enjoy a sinister corn maze, haunted houses , and spooky hayrides.

These attractions will haunt you dreams. Guests rave about the scare actors here. tThey create an intense haunted attraction. They hide in pitch black areas, on uneven terrain, and in tight spaces. So be warned.

Know that the hayride is over 20 minutes in length, and that the corn maze in the haunted woods will have the scare actors in your face. It is one of those haunted trails in North Carolina that is designed to terrorize you. And don’t forget the axe tossing. Or the pitchfork toss! Maybe even visit the Last Ride and find out what happens when you’re buried alive.

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6. The Original Hollywood Horror Show

The Original Hollywood Horror Show is a one of a kind experience. Created by Hollywood producers, this haunter attraction is the best of the best. Located in Snow Camp, you ‘ll get to see award-winning effects and sets.

Gusts can see designs from American Horror Story, or even Pirates of the Caribbean. Better yet? This even presents at annual events, so its travels are something you can see year round.

However, instead of seeing them at the Bad Ass Hearse show, go for opening weekend. Witness the creations that MADE Hollywood horror real! Purchase tickets online or at the gate. You won’t want to miss this entrance fo horror.

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7. Pinheads’s Graveyard

Pinhead’s Graveyard is one of the best haunted attractions in Asheville. Guests who are classic horror fans will love this. I mean, can you imagine being scared by Pennywise, Kreuger, or Myers?

Graveyard is presented inside an old building. This location is rumored to actually be haunted!! The interior features elaborate sets, animatronics, orbs (take photos!) and famous icons.

It runs from September through November. Do note that this house only accepts cash only! So stop at an ATM on your way in. And maybe get some extra cash to bribe those horror icons at the end!

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8. Battleship North Carolina

Of course it is fun talking about all these fight nights. But what about real hauntings? Take a stop by the Battleship North Carolina. This USS Battleship is a declared WWII ship. It is currently docked across the river from Wilmington NC.

During the day, this is a floating museum. The vessel was involved in major strikes during WWII. Unfortunately, this ship has seen its share of tragedies. Thus causing inexplicable figures and out-of-place shadows to be seen.

Ghost Hunts USA offers overnight tours here. So book ahead! However, you can also do self-guided tours. This way there are no scare actors. There is no fake frights. Channel the inner scares with something real!

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And there you have it, folks! 8 of the best haunted houses in North Carolina. From exploring trails, corn mazes, woods, haunted buildings, and even a real haunted ship, there are tons of things to do during the spooky season in North Carolina. Book early and effectively, and make sure you’re in for a scare!

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2024 marks Kersey Valley Spookywood's 40th Anniversary!

Seeking a spine-chilling and electrifying experience? Look no further! Step into the realm of Kersey Valley Spookywoods, America's legendary haunted attraction that has been captivating audiences for four decades.

We have all the ingredients for an unforgettable night of fun and fear, including:

🎪 Midway of amazing characters that will send shivers down your spine. 🍿 Delicious concessions to satisfy your cravings amidst the fear. 🍹 Adult Beverages that will leave you trembling, featuring the Signature Bubbling Endora's Brew in four devilish flavors and popular beers. Nonalcoholic Endora's Brews are available. 🎵 Club Spooky - Live DJ waiting area, where the eerie tunes will set the mood for a heart-pounding adventure. 🌳 A mind-boggling 50,000 square foot walkthrough Spookywoods maze that will test your courage and navigation skills. 🌽 A 2-acre cornfield laser maze, where you must navigate through the darkness, avoid the piercing beams and escape the unknown. 🚂 A dark ride tram that will take you on a bone-chilling journey through the shadows. 👻 A 4-acre haunted trail filled with iconic horror themes, where the spirits of your worst nightmares come to life.

Conveniently located in the heart of North Carolina on a 92-acre farm right along  I-74 and I-85, within easy reach of Charlotte and Greensboro, Kersey Valley Spookywoods invites you to join us on select dates for an unimaginable experience, all for as low as $25 per ticket!

What are you waiting for? Don't miss out on the fear-inducing adventure that awaits you at Kersey Valley Spookywoods! Book your tickets today and prepare to face your deepest fears head-on.

At Kersey Valley, the fun never ends! Make it a weekend to remember, as you indulge in all our spine-tingling adventures. Whether you're planning a family getaway, a group outing, or a thrilling date night, we've got you covered.

So, what are you waiting for? It's time to unleash your inner daredevil and embark on the ultimate experience of a lifetime at Kersey Valley Spookywoods! Book any of these attractions before you attend Spookywoods online at www.kerseyvalley.com and discover a world of thrilling possibilities. Get ready to JUST DO WAY MORE AT KERSEY VALLEY, including conquering the Maize Adventure corn maze!

Become part of the Legend this Halloween season at Spookywoods!

We drove an hour and forty-five minutes to brave SpookyWoods and I’d gladly do it again. The actors were great and the houses and props were top-notch. The staff was friendly. It almost had a homey feel to it. I can’t wait to go back! Might go back again before the season is over and bring more people with me.

This year featured a brand new experience due to all the renovations at Spooky Woods, and lemme tell ya, those changes were much needed.  I had actually stopped going to Spooky Woods five years ago and had no intention of really going back until I heard about all the fresh frights.  It is a bit pricey (especially the Immediate Access), but it’s worth it (to skip all the lines). The scares are great. The atmosphere is ominous throughout. And the sets are incredibly detailed.  It’s also clear the money Kersey Valley earns goes to their employees and their attractions, which I appreciate.

I’ll definitely be returning next season!

Absolutely the best haunt I’ve been too! We had a blast and had some genuine scares. Even the line was fun to wait in. The scare actors go above and beyond expectations, and the witch dancing is the icing on the cake. We met Brandon at the end of the haunt and had a wonderful talk with him about the haunt. He has absolutely out done himself and i look forward to coming back next year!

Been coming for over 10 years in a row now. Last night 10-8-23 was hands down the best I have ever seen. The icon section was absolutely the best thing I’ve ever seen. Keep up the hard work!!

ICONS! Wow! My paranormal group and I visited last night along with my daughter. And it was a wonderful night temp wise to enjoy the fall festivities. Even with having friends that work there, y’all still got me (the mask were great!). But I cannot say how awesome ICONS was! The set build, the detail, the actors (Michael Myers got me as soon as I stepped through the O). The bath house and campers in the woods, hidden so well and popping out or up off the ground getting the jump scare! But man, Jason GOT me coming out of the water! Tram jumpers were awesome and made my daughter beg for them to stop lol. It was a little dead in the corn maze but the anticipation of what might be in the stalks was creepy in itself. Once in the manor, it was a game of what was where, finding your way in the dark and if the floor was gonna move on you! Somebody with a staph really got my friend Heather lol. She threw her hands up and about fell backwards! Over all a great experience with friends……….and the Apple Cider Donuts after just sealed the deal

Absolutely the most fun we’ve had in years. The attractions are SO AWESOME, the sound, the lighting, fog…every detail. The employees were so friendly, and the actors were spooky!! The park was clean and inviting. Lines weren’t bad at all. We will DEFINITELY be back!!

The first time I went to Spooky Woods in 2017 I instantly fell in love and try to go back every October. The atmosphere is just unlike any other haunted attraction. The hayride through the woods from the parking lot to the entrance immediately sets the tone for a haunted adventure. The DJ and club spooky with the music and all the lights is such a fun experience but we highly recommend the VIP/Immediate Access tickets if you want to skip the line. It’s well worth the extra money. Each year they change it up with theme but every time I promise you will literally feel like you were dragged into a horror movie with their top tier scenic design, costumes, makeup, props, and insane special effects. This year (2023) they stepped up their game like I’ve never seen and I might even come back again before the end of the season. After the thrills you have to get the mini apple cider donuts and take pictures with the scare actors roaming around. And definitely stop to purchase your picture to capture the memory. They are always good quality! You can tell how much effort and detail is put in and how much the staff care. They are just so friendly every time and immediately treat you like family.  

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NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina has many scary attractions to keep you terrorized.  Greensboro haunted house was reviewed in Haunted Attraction Magazine as a Must See in 2014. Travel to Greensboro for the pure horror of Woods of Terror on Church Street .  Blackbeards Revenge brings all the pirates to the 3D haunted ship.  Travel to High Point for Kersey Valley Spookywoods .

North Carolina, one of the original thirteen (13) colonies, is rich is history and bloody war battles. From a war that lasted two years with the Native Americans and the European Settlers, The Tuscarora War ended with many lost souls wandering in purgatory. North Carolina, a state started with about thirty (30) different Native American tribes: Cherokee, Tuscarora, Catawba, Croatans, and many more were scattered across this beautiful state of North Carolina before all the bloody battles for land left death, destruction, dismemberment, and tortured behind. Only eight tribes are recognized in North Carolina today. Even Blackbeard, the English pirate, perished off the North Carolina coast in a disgusting disrespectful bloody manner. Blackbeard, shot multiple times, was dismembered into many pieces, and his bloodied head suspended from the front bow of the ship so a reward could be collected. Blackbeard's spirit still looking for vengeance for his death, roams the portals that open from the depths of the under-world looking to expel his intense anger that builds throughout the year. All these spirits converged with all the spirits of the soldiers who died during the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Moore's Creek lasted five (5) minutes and left about seventy (70) soldiers dead. North Carolina's death totals rose significantly during the Civil War with over forty-thousand more dead. Souls left behind to complete missions, lost between life and death now roam North Carolina. These souls converged in the many haunted houses, haunted mazes, haunted hayrides, ghost tours, paranormal activity, attractions and more. Summoned by the Halloween season, draws them to the portals that open due to the intense negative energy they need to expel. This intense negative energy they expel, helps the living keep them at bay for the remainder of the year. Unfortunately, they must return to do their bidding as part of their mission in purgatory. North Carolina is a major portal to the depths of the under-world. Demons and messengers of the under-lord return to experiment on the living. Hidden chambers and dungeons are opened under the pure evil and negative energy of the spirits who are unaware of their untimely death. North Carolina is home to many haunted attractions that are well known in the haunt world. These attractions have been selected as one of America's Best Haunts, on the list of 25 Must See Haunts from the Haunted Attraction Magazine, and on many local television and radio stations. Visit the haunted world of twisted and deranged haunted houses, spooky woods, attractions, mountains, mazes, estates, trains, trails, parks, manors, fields, graveyards, camps and more. Find the most innovative animatronics, cutting edge technology, scary monsters, creepy zombies, clowns, demented demons, creatures from the depths of the under-world, wandering souls, and bring your nightmares to life right here in North Carolina. When you are searching for haunted houses online, North Carolina is full of restless souls.

Woods of Terror - Greensboro NC

Eddie McLaurin knows how to scare people.  He knows so well that you can say he’s the Stanislavski of acting training in haunted houses. He has a method, and his method works. He says it is rare that a young performer, no matter how experienced of an actor, knows how to scare people.  But Eddie will teach them.

Eddie started Woods of Terror, a mega-haunt outside of Greensboro, North Carolina “22 frightening years ago.” In that time it has become a veritable horror theme park.  With 30 acres of woodlands,   a staff of 175 and over 100 actors all housing 9 attractions and a midway called Halloween Town, this haunted adventure rivals the biggest and best in the country.  Quite simply, this is not just a haunted house, but home to multiple attractions. It takes about 90 minutes to complete.

But the engine that makes Woods of Terror run is the actors.

“I like the production part of [a haunted house], and we do have movie level production values, but my focus is on the acting,” says Eddie. “My bread and butter are startles. I’m very good at finding different ways to startle people.” He adds, “keep it simple, stupid. It’s all about the startles”. Simplicity is true for the sets as well “I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on large facades and what have you, and people don’t even pay attention. Once I bought an extremely expensive piece of scenery and people leaving were like ‘that was alright’, but then I threw an old school bus in the middle of the cornfield that cost me $500 and that’s all anyone could talk about.” He emphasizes it’s what it is, not how much it is.

Eddie puts his actors through rigorous actor training.  Full of acronyms and motivational speeches, He has his monsters ready for all situations.  He has created a scare sequence that always needs to be at the core of the actor’s process.  It’s quite simple, really, and seems elementary to the seasoned haunter.  It’s a four-pronged checklist:  Hide, Startle, Stalk, Hide.  Of course the devil is in the details. They each have lines, and activities they have to accomplish as well, but as long as they remember hide, startle, stalk, hide then they will never forget how to scare. And the trick of this sequence is that it is not always the same.  Sometime the sequence rotates so that the back of the group starts first, and then the front and then the middle.  As obvious as it might seem, Eddie reminds us, “to keep it simple, stupid”.  There are also variations on the theme.  He says the best startles are when “someone is hiding in plain sight.” This means that you are looking straight at it, but you don’t realize that’s what you are looking for until it’s lunging at you.  He compares it to the scene where E.T. is hiding in the closet dressed as a doll, but the mother doesn’t register what she is seeing because, well, she wasn’t looking for an alien.  It works like that, but with zombies, vampires, killer clowns and psychopaths. Clearly his formula has worked.  They average over 30,000 visitors a season with 75% of the audience being repeat customers.

Woods of Terror is consistently named one of the best haunts in America.  Once you enter you never stop. You traverse from one attraction to the next via a black-out maze.  The first of 9 attractions is called Infestation.  This event starts with 16 aquariums full of snakes and other creepy crawlies, but then turns into an all-out sensory assault playing on a myriad of phobias: bugs, spiders, snakes, claustrophobia and darkness.

Next is Nightstalkers, a larger than usual corn maze.  It’s harvest time and you’re the crop!

This leads to Industrial Nightmare where the previous employees are now inhabiting  the defunct power plant ready to feast on the visitors.

Next up is Awakening, which I do not believe is based on the Oliver Sacks book and subsequent movie starring Robert DeNiro, unless that book was about a graveyard ransacked with zombies with a penchant for braaaaaiiiins, but I don’t think it was.

In Chaos 3D you wear 3D glasses and go through the darkness where 3D paint brings the walls alive. Psychotic clowns abound. That leads to The Blood House where beautiful vampires are thirsting for your blood.

And if you want something different from your haunt, then WOT is the place to be.  How many haunts have a Gold Mine haunted by evil, greedy dead miners? 

Then we go back to a familiar trope at the Slaughter House which pays tribute to the Texas Chain Saw Massacre complete with pain and suffering, the smell of death, and the big metal door… dare to enter

The Horrorwood Cinema Grande is a very impressive recreation of an old-timey abandoned theater where you are the show, experience terror first hand!

Finally, there’s Blackbeard’s Revenge. A pirate ship that moves, unleashed from its final resting place, don’t steal the rum or treasures… note:  There will be no Jack Sparrow or pirates with squid beards.

After all is said and done, you get to enjoy the Halloween Town midway where there are performances, a gift shop, concession stand and horror memorabilia museum.  Just like a real theme park.  Some monsters will also pop out from time to time to startle you.  You know, just to keep it simple, stupid.

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Woods Of Terror in Greensboro, North Carolina

We are the longest and scariest haunted house in North Carolina. Located right off N Church St, we have been delivering screams and terror for 32 years. Our monsters train tirelessly to deliver the best show around and we promise to entertain, frighten and terrify you from the moment you walk into our Midway until you exit through out hooded Blackout attraction. Our haunted attraction has somethin... [ Read more ]

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Kersey Valley Spooky Woods in Archdale, North Carolina

Kersey Valley Spooky Woods has set the bar high in the industry since 1985 in NC. Grandparents are now attending with their grandkids because they attended as teenagers. Featured in Haunt World Magazine's Top 13 2023, The Travel Channel, USA Today, Forbes Magazine, and many more national publications. Celebrating 39 years of innovative haunting. Our full-time art department, builders, and fab... [ Read more ]

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Lake Hickory Haunts in Hickory, North Carolina

Known as the best haunt in the Carolina’s, Lake Hickory Haunts is a one of a kind haunted house attraction; featuring a large body of water, surrounded by 13 unique haunted attractions. Within these attractions, you will discover awe-inspiring immersive environments, multi-dimensional special FX, and breathtaking scares. Lake Hickory Haunts has been voted and ranked the #1 haunted attraction in NC... [ Read more ]

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Hollerin Haunts Hayride in Clinton, North Carolina

The hayride will last around 30 minutes with the tractor going through and passing several buildings alone the way!. The Zombie paintball will consist of 36 people at a time riding on our ZRT with the guns mounted on the down stairs and up stairs of our trailer. They will be zombies coming out of houses and lots of targets alone the way. Its will last around 15 minutes or to you run out of paint ... [ Read more ]

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North Carolina haunted house Spookywoods near Charlotte, Raleigh, High Point is one of the biggest screamparks in America that features a massive corn maze, haunted houses, haunted trailers, haunted hayrides and many other Halloween attractions.  Hauntworld Magazine will take you inside the attraction and gives you a full review.

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North Carolina Haunted Houses there is one haunt in Greensboro, near Charlotte NC that is the best and scariest haunted house Kersey Valley Spookywoods.  Hauntworld.com has a full review of Kersey Valley Spookywoods including their haunted house, zip lines, corn maze, laser tag, pumpkin patch, hayride and much more.

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    Rabun Gap, Georgia 38.3 miles from Murphy, NC York House Inn is Georgia's oldest continuously operating Inn, since 1896. All manner of living, births and deaths have taken place in the ensuing 120 years. It has been rumored by various employees that a Civil War soldier smokes cigars in one room and several children play in the Inn. ... Read more »

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    Fear Farm Located in Blacksburg First park in our FREE parking lot and your adventure may just begin. Sometimes the creatures wander out of our containment and into the parking lot to mess with guests. Next walk through our new entrance down the long creepy path to the all new FEAR FARM MIDWAY.

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    One of the most haunted places in Greensboro is Lydia's Bridge. Local legend states that a young woman named Lydia crashed on the bridge on her way home from a dance with her date. Related: The Most Haunted Bridges in NC Her date died on impact, leaving an injured Lydia alone and trying desperately to flag someone down to help her.

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    1. The Haunted Farm. We know we've already spent some time talking about the Haunted Farm, but we wanted to make it clear that this is one of the best haunted houses in North Carolina, so you must visit it. For over 13 seasons this haunt has grown. Now, as mentioned, it doesn't have an age restriction, but it is SUPER scary, so don't ...

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    👻 A 4-acre haunted trail filled with iconic horror themes, where the spirits of your worst nightmares come to life. Conveniently located in the heart of North Carolina on a 92-acre farm right along I-74 and I-85, within easy reach of Charlotte and Greensboro, Kersey Valley Spookywoods invites you to join us on select dates for an ...

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    North Carolina's death totals rose significantly during the Civil War with over forty-thousand more dead. Souls left behind to complete missions, lost between life and death now roam North Carolina. These souls converged in the many haunted houses, haunted mazes, haunted hayrides, ghost tours, paranormal activity, attractions and more.

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