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5 Unexplained Paranormal Sightings in North Carolina

Sabreblade enjoys cryptozoology and writing about the realm of the unknown.

North Carolina is known for being a hotbed of paranormal activity.

North Carolina is known for being a hotbed of paranormal activity.

Paranormal Activity in the Tar Heel State

I have lived in North Carolina almost all of my life, and I know there is some really weird stuff going on here. Still, I didn't know just how weird until I started poking around on the internet.

Werewolf, Bigfoot, and Chupacabra Sightings in North Carolina

I have been interested in paranormal events since I was a kid, as some of my UFO articles will attest to, but you always miss what is in your own backyard (so to speak).
Well in my case, literally. North Carolina has reports of sea monsters, Bigfoot sightings, werewolf sightings, and other paranormal creatures. Heck, we may have even had El Chupacabra before El Chupacabra was cool!

5 Most Notorious Cryptid Encounters in North Carolina

  1. The Vampire Beast of Bladenboro
  2. The Lake Norman Monster
  3. The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp
  4. Bigfoot
  5. The Demon Dog of Valle Crucis
The Vampire Beast of Bladenboro

The Vampire Beast of Bladenboro

1. The Vampire Beast of Bladenboro

For two weeks in December of 1953, and again in January of 1954, North Carolina had its own version of "El Chupacabra" and its own version of the legendary "unexplained animal attacks on bodies drained of blood" story.

A Mountain Lion or Something More Sinister?

On December 29th, 1953, a farmer reported that "something" attacked one of his dogs and dragged it into the bush. Well, we have a lot of mountain lions in NC, so that's not too spectacular. What makes the story noteworthy, is that when the body of the dog was found, it was reportedly completely drained of blood. Mountain lions don't do that, do they?

The report in 1953 wasn't an isolated incident. Several other attacks took place. The following descriptions from witnesses sound almost panther-like:

  • "like a bear or a panther"
  • "three feet long, twenty inches high, with a long tail and a cat's face"
  • "a large, cat-like creature"
  • "round face, shiny eyes, and large teeth"

In 2008, the History Channel television series Monster Quest got involved. Their research indicated that the attacker may have been a cougar. No, not a middle-aged woman—a real cougar.

Sixty Goats Dead

The attacks happened in the 1950s, so everything is fine now right? Not so fast.
In September 2007, sixty goats were found dead and drained of blood in Lexington, North Carolina. That's right, sixty goats!

Thirty miles from Lexington in Greensboro, NC, four goats belonging to Guilford County Commissioner, Billy Yow, were killed. Their necks were ripped open, their bodies drained of blood, and they were left uneaten with no other marks.

Dogs Found Gutted

In October 2007, in Bolivian, NC, a three-year-old pit bull was found gutted. Four days after that, another pit bull was found covered in blood, with pieces missing. All in all, ten dogs were found torn to pieces in Brunswick County during a two-week period.

The tracks that were found nearby were four and a half inches in diameter—very similar to the tracks found in Bladenboro in the '50s. Local animal services have never determined what was responsible for attacking the animals.

Did the beast return to Bladenboro again on June 15th, 2013? Possibly.

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Lake Norman—Is there something in the water?

Lake Norman—Is there something in the water?

2. The Lake Norman Monster

North Carolina even has its own version of "Nessie" the Loch Ness Monster. Lake Norman is a man-made body of freshwater located entirely within North Carolina. It was created between 1959 and 1964. Sounds kind of difficult for an ancient sea creature to get in there, right?

What Does the Lake Norman Monster Look Like?

Over 55 people have reported seeing something strange in the waters of Lake Norman. "Normie" as the locals call it, has been described as anything from a giant crocodile to the classically depicted sea serpent. The most common description is fish-like—with a slender body, thick whisker-like appendages, flippers, and a ragged-looking dorsal fin. Is it just a giant catfish?

Possible Explanations

It's been suggested that the creature is actually a gar, an American freshwater eel, a snakehead fish, an alligator, or even a freshwater jellyfish. (In the 1990s, a freshwater jellyfish was found in Lake Norman by scientists. There was no scientific explanation as to why the jellyfish should have been there.)

My personal favorite explanation sounds like something torn from the pages of a science-fiction novel. Lake Norman is used by the McGuire Nuclear Power Station to cool the steam that drives their turbines. Yes…a nuclear power station. So, maybe some radioactive materials slipped into Lake Norman, struck a catfish, and boom—Catzilla!

The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp has been described as a humanoid cryptid.

The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp has been described as a humanoid cryptid.

3. The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp

Firstly, I realize that South Carolina is not North Carolina. However, the famed Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp in South Carolina seems to have crossed over the border and may have been sighted in North Carolina. This fascinating humanoid cryptid is described as being seven feet tall, with green scaly skin and glowing red eyes. Maybe the creature frequently crosses the border between the Carolinas to pay citizens a fright.

Is Bigfoot hiding in the North Carolina woods?

Is Bigfoot hiding in the North Carolina woods?

4. Bigfoot

In addition to all the other creatures discussed, there have also been Bigfoot sightings in North Carolina. Speaking of Bigfoot, I always wondered why they aren't called "Bigfeet"—they have two of them, don't they?

First, there was a Bigfoot sighting in McDowell County in 2008. Bigfoot was at it again a couple of years later. On Saturday, June 5, 2010, Tim Peeler of Casar, NC, claimed that he saw Bigfoot on his property. Then the next day on Sunday—June 6, 2010—Elbert Lowman, of the George Hildebrand community in North Carolina, found a large footprint that measured 8 inches across (from toe to toe) and 15.25 inches long. Surely, that's no human footprint!

Is the demon dog of Valle Crucis a werewolf?

Is the demon dog of Valle Crucis a werewolf?

5. The Demon Dog of Valle Crucis

Lastly, North Carolina may have its very own werewolf (or maybe even skinwalker). In the little mountain town of Valle Crucis, high in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, there's an old stone church located off Highway 194. Near the church cemetery, there have been reports of a wolf-like creature as tall as a man, with long yellow razor-sharp teeth, black fur, and glowing red eyes like coals.

I checked out the website for Valle Crucis (yes, even little mountain towns have websites) and saw no mention of a were-beast. What would they say, anyway?

"Welcome to Valle Crucis. Come for the atmosphere, stay for the slaughter!"

Surprisingly, even the Wikipedia entry for Vale Crucis fails to mention anything about the "Vale of the Cross" monster. I would think that a werewolf that can hit sixty miles per hour on a straightaway chasing a car would be noteworthy enough to write about.

Paranormal North Carolina Comments

Cahrlos on June 18, 2016:

I believe the lake norman monster exist it was a time wen i was cleaning boats and one time i feel like some one down there on the water pull down my fin ( scuba equipment ) I could not see anything. Cause the water in that area its to dark and deep

Susan Morton on February 23, 2015:

First time hearing about some of these tales...which is rare because my teen LOVES paranormal tales. Thank you for sharing, now I have new material to share with her.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on May 30, 2013:

No Jaida.

Without empirical evidence, these all all just stories.

Jaida on May 30, 2013:

So does this mean vampires and werewolves are real?

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on December 01, 2011:

Try checking online for a local Paranormal Group.

If they dont investigate, they may know someone who will.

bobo1158 from South Florida on December 01, 2011:

I have never talked in public about what I am saying here. I have seen a werewolf in Barnardsville NC. What is even more startling is that two other people saw the same thing, in the same area, at different times over the last decade.

The area were these sightings occurred is very paranormally charged for a lack of better terms. Who investigates these type of events?

bubba on November 01, 2011:

i heard an old werewolf story in long view north carolina about an old dj vanishing in a old house and his arm was left there

unanumas on May 19, 2011:

i love this but could you post some stuff about anything in jacksonville nc and if possible werewolves there this is awesome fist time blog ;D

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on February 21, 2011:

Didn't know that North Carolina was such a creepy place!Sounds like you have some interesting cryptids over there.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on September 30, 2010:

Ashley: You're not by any chance just outside High Point in NC are you? There was a Trailer Park near there that had something similar, TV's turning on and off by themselves, things flying across the room etc.

Ashley on September 30, 2010:

I too have always been interested in the paranormal supernatural weird and unknown! i grew up always researching about the stuff up all night reading about such things! i currently live in a trailor park (a small one) in NC and 3 houses including mine are haunted! me and 2 of my neigbors and their families have experienced bizzare weird things my experince being the worst i have experienced things like demon like people lurking, shadow people ,laughing ,calling of my name ,things rearranging and turning on ,knocking and scratching,running, walking,footsteps,and the while i am sleeping like you know half awake half asleep i can hear people talking in my room like 2 or more people having a conversation and music! i have no idea what was on this land before it was a trailor park but it must have been something crazy because our experiences are crazy every time i google it, i just come up with off the wall stuff nothing related to anything i typed in.. my neeighbors have also experinced apparitions,talking,singing,footsteps, and those creepy crawling up the wall people!

Formal dress on June 07, 2010:

This is a great article. I’m new to blogging but still learning.I love your blog!

hemry on May 21, 2010:

We were told about the Lizardman during infantry training in the Marines at Camp Geiger. He live in the swamp and attacked Privates not paying attention. circa January 1992.

Army Infantry Mom on May 18, 2010:

As if the world wasn't scarry enough,..LOL. To bad these monster creatures couldn't be found and traained to hunt down terrorists. Great hub,.. I too have always been fansinated with the unknown.

VampireQueen21 on April 05, 2010:

I love everything I just read I also believe in the supernatural, I live in Sampson County but the only things I have seen are lights out in the fields at night, My family has seen creepy things but besides the lights I have never seen anything

aion kinah on February 22, 2010:

i'm just kidding I could do this all day I love this kind of stuff I grew up on in search of.

Holle Abee from Georgia on January 24, 2010:

Hubby used to live near Lake Norman. I'll have to ask him about the monster. He has told me about the Brown Mountain light. Great hub!

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on November 21, 2009:

Great tales, Sabreblade. I'm a firm believer in the odd, the strange, the bizarre--here in Kansas we have Stull Cemetery, the gateway to Hell, right outside of town. We never have had the creatures you describe, though--at least, not to my knowledge.

Thanks for posting!

Sean on November 15, 2009:

Hey,I live in Texas and what bill yon is talking about caught my interest my brother and mother were sitting on the front porch and they saw the same thing and every night at 9:30 we can look outside and see blue lightning and it has a pattern it moves from the back of the house to the front and it dose that until 11:45 exactly 11:45 you can count it every time and then the rest of the night it smells like a fish fry and it only dose it on hot nights!

Megavitamin on November 09, 2009:

I'm originally from the Camp Lejeune area, and I'm pretty shocked there haven't been any beastly sightings in the New River. That must be because that water is so vile, not even a monster can survive in it!

Great hub :0)

darkfall gold on November 08, 2009:

Sometimes animals are cute, sometimes very horrible

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on November 06, 2009:

Michael Collins: LOL..well the water is a possibility....

maven101: Giant Pig? Well if he actually killed it, then it's proven and no fun..LOL

bill yon: I was kinda hesitant in mentioning Lizard Man because he really is YOUR legend. But there have been a few sightings up here.

bill yon from sourcewall on November 06, 2009:

I'm from South Carolina and I remember the Lizard Man He was big in the 80's down here people made a mint off of selling T-Shirts and other stuff with the lizard man on it.I think it might be something to the El Chupabra legend because they have been sighted in Puerto Rico all over South America and Texas and other states in the South west described as a dog like creature that can stand and walk like a man with huge Fangs,Maybe the Chupacabra is a cross between a Kangaroo,a Dog,and a vampire bat,some type of genetic/DnA experiment gone wrong,or a mutated coyote that has evolved into a blood sucking beast,or Maybe it's a very large Vampire Bat that has been flushed out of its habitat because of climate change hmmmmm..I'm just kidding I could do this all day I love this kind of stuff I grew up on in search of...and I like paranormal/weird encounters,things like the Bermuda Triangle,big foot,the lock ness monster,Ufo's and all that.I have had an experience with the paranormal when I was a kid.Me and My mother was coming home from the store one night and while we was sitting at a red light we saw what looked like some type of aircraft that was flying above us all I can remember is multiple colored lights rotating around in a large rectangle like oval and then it vanished,we sat there for a few minutes and my mother looked over at me and said"did you see that?" I said "yes" and she said "what did you see?describe it to me."and I described what I saw and she responded "Good,just making sure I'm not imagining things."and that was the last time we talked about it.that's my one paranormal experience.

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on November 06, 2009:

Didn't I just read about a giant pig that was killed up there by a 13 year old boy..? And I thought Arizona had some dangerous critters....

Interesting stories, fodder for campfire tales...Thanks, Larry

Michael Collins on November 06, 2009:

Its the water from Camp Lejuene, it must percolate throughout the entire state.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on November 05, 2009:

You have to say it three times.


Scott Cramer on November 05, 2009:

speaking of paranormal...whatever happened to Peter Boyle....oh no...I said his name...

Putz Ballard on November 05, 2009:

Ever hear about the brown mountain light near Linvelle. Great hub.

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