National Ghost Hunting Day is September 30, and you might want to spend it at these haunted places in North Carolina.

National Ghost Hunting Day is an annual event that takes place on the last Saturday of September. So how are you going to celebrate here in North Carolina? By visiting the most haunted places in the state of course.

It was created to celebrate the thrill of investigating haunted locations, the unexplained, and searching for evidence of the afterlife. Kind of like when you are cleaning your teenager’s bedroom. Believe it or not, the first National Ghost Hunting Day was celebrated in 2016! On National Ghost Hunting Day, paranormal teams from around the world come together to embark on the world’s largest ghost hunt. The event is an annual international investigation of the paranormal.

Ghost hunting stirs up images of abandoned buildings, dark corners, and things that go bump in the night. It embraces history while breaking open the supernatural and seeking to solve the mystery of the unknown.

To celebrate National Ghost Hunting Day, many people visit haunted locations and participate in ghost hunts. Some popular places to visit include the Wildwood Sanitarium in Salamanca, New York
and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, North Carolina is no slouch when it comes to haunted happenings! National Ghost Hunting Day sounds like the perfect opportunity for a teambuilding fieldtrip or ghostly ghouls night out!

North Carolina is known for its mysterious mountains and eerie marshes, which set the perfect stage for spine-tingling tales of the paranormal.

Now, before you set off on this ghostly adventure, you might want some gear to track what you experience. No, I’m not talking about proton packs, young Egon (as cool as that would be!) Our friends over on TikTok have some great recommendations on what you may want to have in your arsenal of ghost hunting fun:

There you have it! Mark your calendars for September 30th, gather up some friends, steady your nerves and have some ghost-hunting good times!

Here are some of the most haunted places in North Carolina:

  • Biltmore Estate (Asheville, N.C.)

    The Biltmore Estate is a popular tourist attraction and is also known for being one of the most haunted places in North Carolina. Visitors have reported seeing apparitions, hearing strange noises, and feeling cold spots throughout the estate.

  • Lydia's Bridge (Jamestown, N.C.)

    Lydia’s Bridge is a popular spot for ghost hunters. Legend has it that Lydia was a hitchhiker who died in a car accident on the bridge. Her ghost is said to haunt the area, and people have reported seeing her apparition and hearing strange noises.


    Lydia's Bridge She's known as the Vanishing Hitchhiker. The Lady in White. Her name was Lydia. After the tragic death, people began claiming to see the ghostly hitchhiker appear beneath the bridge. The story begins with a young man driving down a winding road through Jamestown late at night. It's well after midnight on a foggy night, and his eyelids are growing heavy as he makes the trek back to High Point. Through the rainy mist he just barely sees the ghostly white figure of a pale woman in a white dress, standing beneath a curved bridge and waving her long thin arm in the air. He pulls over to give the mysterious hitchhiker a ride. He makes small talk with the woman, who answers his questions in solemn whispers and seems hauntingly sad. Her home is in High Point. When they arrive at her home, he gets out of the car to come around and open her door – but when he gets to the passenger side, she's gone. Assuming she had simply rushed into her home, he goes to knock on her door to make sure she got inside safely. Knock. Knock. Instead of Lydia, a very old woman answers the door. Confused, he asks if Lydia is inside. "Lydia's been dead for years," says the old woman, her eyes filling with tears. "She was my daughter. And it seems like she's still trying to get home." According to a newspaper article from June, 1920, "Miss Annie "Lydia" Jackson, a young lady of this city, met almost instant death last night when riding in an automobile that flipped on the High Point Road about three miles from High Point." The crash happened around 10 p.m. when the driver lost control on a slippery road during a sharp turn. The car, it seems, flipped over, causing Annie's head to be cracked against the concrete. Two of the other occupants of the car were also injured, a man named Mr. Cross and a woman named Miss Nettie Lethco. Was Lydia just trying to get home? Would you be brave enough to pick her up? #Creepy #Haunted #Jamestown #HighPoint #Lydia #Bridge #accident #Paranormal #investigate

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  • New Hanover County Library (Wilmington, N.C.)

    The New Hanover County Library is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who was a patron. Her apparition has been seen over the years, and people have reported hearing footsteps and seeing books move. A ghost after my own book loving heart!

  • The Omni Grove Park Inn (Asheville, N.C.)

    The Omni Grove Park Inn is another popular tourist attraction that is also known for being haunted. Visitors have reported seeing apparitions, hearing strange noises, and feeling cold spots throughout the hotel.

  • Brown Mountain Lights (Linville, NC)

    The Brown Mountain Lights are a mysterious phenomenon that has been observed for centuries. The lights are said to be the ghosts of Cherokee Indians who died in a battle on the mountain.

  • The Haunted Duke Mansion (Charlotte, N.C.)

    The Haunted Duke Mansion is said to be haunted by the ghost of James Buchanan Duke, who developed Duke University, Duke Energy, and the Duke Endowment while residing there. Visitors have reported seeing his apparition and hearing strange noises.

  • Brunswick Town (Brunswick County, N.C.)

     Brunswick Town is a colonial ghost town that was destroyed during the Revolutionary War. Visitors have reported seeing apparitions and hearing strange noises throughout the ruins.

  • Roanoke Island (Roanoke Island, N.C.)

    Roanoke Island is known for its mysterious disappearance of the Roanoke Colony in 1590. Visitors have reported seeing apparitions and hearing strange noises throughout the island.

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