October is coming up literally week so it's time to get cracking on your fall bucket list full of all things spooky. From faux haunted houses to the real ones swarming with spirits, Georgia has everything you need to complete your spooky season checklist, including the abandoned ghost town in Georgia.
Scull Shoals Experimental Forest sounds like it came straight out of a horror movie and to be honest, the name is quite fitting for the landscape. The creepy forest in Watkinsville, Georgia has seen everything from Hernando De Soto and his troops in the 1500s to the mills and textile factories in the 1800s. The creepiest part about it all is that many of these structures from The Industrial Era still stand today. Just the sight of them will give you chills.
Scull Shoals, which is part of Oconee National Forest, was used for silviculture research in the 1930s and is now a recreation area ridden with thousand-year-old spirits. Before these modern eras and after the land was inhabited by Native American tribes, the forest was home to cotton gins, grist mills, saw mills and a 4-story textile mill that once employeed over 600 workers.
The entire town was demolished by a flood in 1887, leaving it in economic ruin. Do you think you'd sense the spirit of a factory worker from the 1800s? The real question is, are you brave enough to find out?
Your visit can double as a scenic hike as you stroll along the Oconee River to discover all the ruins of the Scull Shoals Village and view them up close. We think it's safe to say that with this much history, there are hundreds of spirits roaming around the 4,500-acre land mass.
Scull Shoals Experimental Forest
Address: Watkinsville, GA 30677
Why You Need To Go: Visit some of the oldest and most historical lands in Georgia to explore the ruins of 200-year old mills and spirits as old as 10,000 years who roam the acreage.