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The Great Smoky Mountains are famous for their ghost stories! From Cherokee legends to tall tales from Cades Cove, the Smokies are brimming with supernatural yarns that have been passed down for generations. If you’re looking for a good fright, check out three of our favorite Smoky Mountain ghost stories.

1. Lucy of Roaring Fork

One night in the year 1900, a man named Foster was riding his horse through the forest. He was passing by the Roaring Fork, a stream located just outside of Gatlinburg, when he saw a beautiful young woman on the side of the road. Despite it being a chilly evening, the young woman was walking on the cold ground without any shoes.

Foster offered the mysterious woman a ride, and she climbed up on the back of his horse and introduced herself as Lucy. Together, they road through the night, her arms wrapped tightly around his waist. As the journey progressed, Foster found himself falling in love with Lucy, and after dropping her off outside of her home, he vowed that he would make her his wife. paranormal,paranormal,paranormal

The next day, Foster returned to Lucy’s home and knocked on the door. A middle-aged couple greeted Foster and he told Lucy’s parents that he had come to ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage. Instead of receiving the blessing he was expecting, Foster was given some disturbing news: Lucy had unexpectedly passed away two weeks earlier. paranormal,paranormal,paranormal

If Lucy had been dead for weeks, then who did Foster give a ride to on that frigid evening? We may never know, but rumor has it that a barefoot woman can still occasionally be spotted along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

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