The Well known spot according to Wikipedia.com “The Devil’s Tramping Ground is a camping spot located in a forest near the Harper’s Crossroads area near Bennett, North Carolina. It has been the subject of persistent local legends and lore, which frequently allege that the Devil “tramps” and haunts a barren circle of ground in which nothing is supposed to grow.
Stories about the ring are well known in local communities. These include the disappearance of objects left within the ring overnight, dogs yipping and howling not wanting to go near it, and strange events occurring to those brave enough to spend the night within its boundaries. It has been alleged that nothing has grown within the 40 foot ring for a hundred years. Legend says that this is the very place the devil himself can rise from the depths of fiery hell, and come to earth. It’s at this place that the devil is supposed to walk in circles on certain nights and bring his evil into this world.
John William Harden (1903–1985) of Greensboro, N.C., journalist, newspaper editor, author, and advisor to North Carolina governors and textile executives, had this to say of the Devil’s Tramping Ground:
Chatham natives say… that the Devil goes there to walk in circles as he thinks up new means of causing trouble for humanity. There, sometimes during the dark of night, the Majesty of the Underworld of Evil silently tramps around that bare circle– thinking, plotting, and planning against good, and in behalf of wrong. So far as is known, no person has ever spent the night there to disprove this is what happens… (Harden, 1949)”
Satan’s home turf, Old Scratch himself hangs here. The notorious tramping ground; a place of legend, horror, Satanism and witchcraft. The initial vibe is downright terrifying. The location almost seems to scream “leave now!” The Air is thick and the trees seem to bellow in pain as the wind cascades through their branches. Animals seem to navigate away from the circle, avoiding it’s ominous vibe. The legend has survived the test of time and will no doubt continue to thrive and bring outsiders to the town. I was in awe at this historic, and strange place.
The circle is indeed mysterious, No vegetation grows inside of it. Does that make it haunted? I’m afraid not. Despite the dark vibes that one gets here, despite the rumors, it had to be formally investigated. We set out on a two and a half hour trip to the tramping ground; excited, nervous, and anxious. We had heard several stories of unruly locals who do not take too kindly to intruders. Their way of dealing with the “derelict trespassers” is to make noises in the wood’s, shake tents, and move item’s from inside of the circle. This remains a popular spot for people from all over the state of North Carolina to come camp, despite the locals and their shenanigans. We went on a Friday night and saw that there were indeed campers there, very nice people who were more than willing to give us an interview. We talked, laughed, and observed the area in it’s entirety.
We conducted several EMF sessions; picking up nothing unusual. Many recording sessions revealed no EVP’S. Our photo’s revealed no entities. The video footage had no signs of Satan whatsoever. The feelings you get here can be attributed to the ominous legend, the dark stories and the mystery of growth in the circle, nothing more. After you get used to being here the vibe changes. You realize that it is nothing more that a weird circle in the woods; albeit they are creepy woods. I do urge you to check it out, but please be mindful of the property owners. Do not litter and do your best to clean up.