Are these woods haunted?
The deepest woods I ever walked in were heading to Cascades Falls near Catawba. It was beautiful a peaceful atmosphere and there was nothing menacing about it but we did not stay after dark. There is a list of the 13 most creepy places in America the Deep Hollows of Appalachia ranks number 4 and with good reason. The thick fog, dense forests, the silence, and the feeling of being alone in the woods give the area the right atmosphere for ghost stories and quite a few have come from this location.
In one story a man was walking the trail and encountered another man who was dressed formally but had cold blue eyes. As they came closer to each other the hiker spoke but the spirit just glared at him and vanished. A father and son camping in the area in the 1980s said they saw a Big Foot looking man/beast that was menacing.
The creepy stories continue through the decades
There is another tale of a hiker who was traveling on trail 2011 near Catawba and woke in the night hearing footsteps and low grumbling voices. Later he saw a man with ghostly white eyes taking his firewood and the next night his tent mysteriously caught fire.
The Appalachian Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in the US and stretches from Georgia to Maine with a large part of the path winding it's way through the Commonwealth. It is in the deep hollows of Virginia where most of the ghost stories take place.