Spooky Appalachia


Hitchhiking Ghost - Gatlinburg, TN

Ep. 21

If you find yourself in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, be sure to check out this beautiful 5.5 mile scenic route: The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On this route not only will you get a great view of the river and the falls during the drive, you’ll also find the Noah Ogle self-guiding nature trail, as well as a few other trails and historic buildings. You may also encounter Lucy, a ghost rumored to roam the park.

As the story goes, Lucy was a young woman who died in the area when her family’s cabin burned down. It is said that after her death a man named Foster came across her, barefooted on the side of the road, one cold winter night. He gave her a ride home on his horse that night. After the event he couldn’t stop thinking about her, and stopped by to ask her parents if he could marry her. After hearing the story of how they met, the parents looked pretty surprised. They explained it couldn’t have been their daughter as she had died the year before and pointed in the direction of her headstone. 

To this very day travelers of this road have been reporting seeing Lucy on the side of the road on the Roaring Fork Motor Trail. People have reported seeing a young woman standing on the side of the road and offering her a ride, then note that during the ride she vanishes.

Stories of phantom hitchhikers can be found all over the world dating back to before the motor vehicle was even invented. It’s of no surprise that these types of stories exist in Appalachia. Have you ever picked up a phantom hitchhiker? Contact us and let us know about it or any other paranormal stories you have. You can email us at webmaster@spookyappalachia.com.


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Ep. 59
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Possible Bigfoot Sighting - Southern Arkansas, Summer 1997

Ep. 58
Welcome to Spooky Appalachia. This week, we are taking a look at a story sent to us by another one of our patrons. This story is of a possible Bigfoot encounter he had as a kid.I was walking through the forest one summer evening in Southern Arkansas.  I had gotten into a small gully when I saw what I thought was a bear.  I wasn't sure though it looked very, very humanoid.  "Maybe a deformed bear?" I thought... nope! I left a sandwich I was carrying with me on a rock and backed away.    When the thing turned around, it was quite human looking! It was about 7-8 feet tall, and had dark brown fur and was extremely bulky looking. It took the sandwich, and walked off ignoring me. As it walked off it bumped into a small tree and knocked it over, it must have been incredibly strong!I was a little kid at this time, probably 11 years old. I have no proof and no one believed me. But I know a dang bear and that could not have been a bear! I have spent my life in these forests and never seen anything like that before!!  Thanks Jordan, for sending us this story. We believe you! I’m sure a lot of our fans tuning in believe you too. Growing up I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods too. I can’t imagine running into something like that on one of the strolls I used to do through the woods as a kid. Remember if you have a story you’d like to see get featured here you can email us at webmaster@spookyappalachia.com. As you can see we’ve changed up or format for these stories, so if you like this let us know!

Possible Mothman Sighting - Iredell, NC, Oct 2022

Ep. 57
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