Telling ghost stories in the Carolinas is a tradition as old as the states themselves. Ask any local old-timer about spooks and spirits and they will ply you with stories for hours. Read here if you dare about true ghostly encounters in the Carolinas:
1 – With an oral history dating back to Native-American mythology, the Brown Mountain Lights near Morganton, North Carolina, have intrigued visitors for hundreds of years. The unexplained flickers have been studied since the early 1900s and no scientist has ever come up with a definitive explanation, though recently, after monitoring the area on camera for three years, Appalachian State University has captured an image of the lights. Enjoy a stay at the nearby Best Western Mountain Lodge at Banner Elk where AAA members can save 10% or more everyday and earn 10% bonus points.
2 – The Biltmore House in Asheville is one of the most visited tourist attractions in North Carolina. Most of the time, the tours proceed as usual, but some visitors of the indoor pool area report hearing the sounds of splashing and swimming, even though no one is present. Some have heard maniacal laughter coming from the drain at the bottom of the pool, or have seen wet footprints (even though the pool was drained of water years ago!). The Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park is conveniently located near the Biltmore House and AAA members save 5% or more.
3 – Located in Anderson, South Carolina, the Crybaby Bridge is one of a group of bridges known for the unexplained sounds of a crying baby emanating from the bridge. Legend has it that a mother jumped from the bridge with her illegitimate baby to commit suicide. Stay close to Crybaby Bridge at the Hampton Inn Anderson North and save up to 10% with your AAA membership discount.
4 – Herdklotz Park is located in Greenville, South Carolina on the site formerly known as Hopewell Tuberculosis Sanatorium. The hospital eventually burned down, but areas of the basement and boiler room still remain under the current playground. Visitors to the site report hearing banging, screaming, and bells on the playground during the day, and unexplained moving shadows at night. Enjoy a night at the Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Haywood Mall close by Herdklotz Park and save 5% or more with your AAA membership discount.
5 – The USS North Carolina is a haunted battleship that lost 10 men in various battles during World War II. Local legend has it that the ship is still inhabited by two of these men. The ship is located in Wilmington, North Carolina on the Cape Fear River, and visitors report feeling the sensation of being touched, even though no one is there, or seeing a ghostly sailor in different parts of the ship. Stay by the river at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside where AAA members save 5% or more.
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