When fall arrives, there's a Southern state that transforms into one of the spookiest destinations in the country. If you love all things creepy and crawly, you need to explore the most haunted places in North Carolina this autumn. You'll be scared silly at these spine-tingling spots and feel like you walked into a horror movie. 

Once the leaves start to fall in North Carolina, these spellbinding locations are perfect for a haunted road trip. You and your witches can explore the creepiest spots across the state – if you're brave enough, that is. 

Legend has it, there are ghosts lurking everywhere from hotels, to swamps, to battleships. Once you arrive at each stop, keep your eyes peeled for any unusual activity or strange movements. 

Deck yourself out in your spookiest attire for this autumn adventure and be sure to snap some good photos. Who knows, if you're lucky enough, you may capture something freaky in a photograph. 

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse 

Price: Tours $8 - Temporarily closed for tours

Address: 46379 Lighthouse Rd., Buxton, NC 

Why You Need To Go: This towering structure in Buxton is reportedly home to a prowling ghost cat who has haunted the lighthouse for the last century. See if you can catch this feline spirit.  


Great Dismal Swamp

Price: Free

Address: 2294 U.S. 17 N., South Mills, NC

Why You Need To Go: You can wander down a bone-chilling trail at Great Dismal Swamp State Park. This historic swamp is rumored to have mysterious sights, sounds, and even smells.


Devil's Tramping Ground

Price: Free

Address: 4005 Devil's Tramping Ground Rd., Bear Creek, NC

Why You Need To Go: There's a perfect circle etched into the earth at this super strange place and it's freaking everyone out. According to legend, the Devil roams this unnerving spot. 


USS North Carolina

Price: $10

Address: 1 Battleship Rd. N.E., Wilmington, NC

Why You Need To Go: This storied battleship was highly decorated in WWII and has a history of odd sightings and flickering lights. You can wander the far corners of the ship today if you dare.


Biltmore Hotel 

Price: Go here for pricing

Address: 111 W. Washington St., Greensboro, NC

Why You Need To Go: This hair-raising hotel in Greensboro dates all the way back to the late 1800s. Rumors swirl around Room 332, where the ghost of a man murdered at the hotel was spotted.  


Gimghoul Castle 

Price: Free

Address: 742 Gimghoul Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 

Why You Need To Go: There is a castle hidden on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill where a young boy was said to have died  in a duel for love in the 1800s. The rock where he perished is allegedly stained with his blood. 


Riverside Cemetery 

Price: Free

Address: 53 Birch St., Asheville, NC 

Why You Need To Go: This whimsical graveyard in the mountains of North Carolina is full of 13,000 lost souls. You can roam this chilling place this autumn and get major goosebumps. 


Lace-up your black boots and hit the road this fall for the ultimate haunted hunt across North Carolina. If you stay quiet enough, you may hear someone quietly approaching...


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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