When you think of haunted cities where do you think of first? From what I’ve heard there is a bit of a rivalry between Savannah and New Orleans as to what is truly the most haunted city in America. But if you believe in such things, you can find a little bit of spooky, haunted history, in almost every city in the US. And that means here in North Carolina there are some haunted stories as well. In fact, while you may have never known there are numerous cities in North Carolina that offer ghost tours and other spooky adventures.

North Carolina Ghost Tours

And with Halloween fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to start planning. Places like Scarowinds and haunted trails can be fun for sure. But to me, there is something more ominous about listening to true stories while wandering dark streets blissfully unaware of what could be around you, than walking through a crowded man-made haunted attraction. Knowing someone is trying to scare me, I’m expecting it. Plus there are countless other people in the same place, and often times they are more gorey than eerie.  I’m more scared walking through the parking deck at work (for real though) at night than I am at a haunted house. So it’s no surprise ghost tours are my preferred scary attraction.

Believe it or not, I’m not 100% sold on the existence of paranormal activity. I’ve heard stories and seen video (thanks to my dad watching Ghost Hunters back in the day), that certainly makes me wonder. But despite having gone on a number of ghost tours in cities like Savannah, Charleston, Williamsburg, and Boston among others I’ve never witnessed anything to make me a true believer. But the stories, the history, and that element of the unknown keep me fascinated and always looking for my next ghost tour. So no matter what North Carolina city you find yourself in this fall season, check out one of these haunted history tours. Below are 9 different cities in the state that offer ghost tours, some have only one option, and others have numerous. Have you done any of these? I’d love to hear about it and your recommendations! Happy haunts!

  • Asheville

    Asheville’s haunted spirits include the Pink Lady at the Grove Park Inn, the ghost of Church Street, and a haunted hospital. Pictured above is the Haunted History Trolley Tour, just one of a number of ghost tours in Asheville. There are also walking tours and a Haunted Comedy Tour (which seems very enticing).  Learn about ghost tours in Asheville here.

  • Beaufort

    One of the oldest towns in the state is also one of the most haunted. On the hour and 15 minute Beaufort Ghost Walk, you’ll visit 300 years worth of haunting locations including the Old Burial Grounds, and hear stories from the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Learn more here.

  • Charlotte

    Charlotte offers year-round ghost tours uptown including Carolina History and Haunts candlelight tour and Queen City Ghosts. Visit cemeteries, hotels, and the current sites of major offices. Learn more about Tours and Charlotte’s haunted history here.

  • Greensboro

    Carolina History and Haunts operates the only Greensboro ghost tour. The 90-minute tour explores the stories of local history and haunts of downtown Greensboro. Get more info here.

  • Hillsborough

    Hillsborough is the oldest city in the Triangle area of the state. Haunted Hillsborough Tours offers four different tours featuring spooky, verified tales told by your deceased tour guide, Enoch Pugh (b.1735-d.1771). Guests will get to visit three haunted houses, two old cemeteries, and an execution site! Get more info here.

  • Manteo

    This Outer Banks Beach town says it’s the spookiest beach in America. Find out why on the Outer Banks Ghost Tour, an 85-minute tour in Mateo NC. Get more info here.

  • Raleigh

    There are several ghost tours offered in the Raleigh area including the one pictures above operated by Tobacco Road Tours as well as one by Raleigh Walking Tours. You’ll visit the Governors Mansion, the State Capitol, and other haunted locations in the City of Oaks. Get more info here.

  • Wilmington

    Discover the haunted history of old Wilmington on an adventure to the Cape Fear’s most actively haunted locations. Get more info on the hauntings of Port City here.

  • Winston Salem

    This 90-minute tour through Winston-Salem’s Historic West End District will take you through the old Victorian streets of the area. You’ll be guided by candlelight while listening to stories of the hauntings of time. Get more info here.

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