Hell's Gates

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Alabama is fond of getting into Hell it seems. Not only is there a Hell’s Gates bridge, but there’s also this place in Huntsville, which is also called Hell’s Gates, which in reality, appears to be nothing more than a set of gates blocking a private driveway to some rich guy’s mansion. This poor sot is apparently bedeviled by the locals, who like to drive up to his gates and wait and see if anything spooky happens. They swear if they sit there long enough, a car will appear to chase them down the mountain and then suddenly disappear. Could it possibly be the irate homeowner with a loaded shotgun?

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Geographic Information

South Green Mountain Road S.
Huntsville, AL
United States

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34.5790846, -86.49377040000002
Madison County, Alabama
Nearest Towns:
Owens Cross Roads, AL (2.1 mi.)
New Hope, AL (6.4 mi.)
Gurley, AL (10.8 mi.)
Paint Rock, AL (10.9 mi.)
Redstone Arsenal, AL (11.4 mi.)
Huntsville, AL (11.7 mi.)
Union Grove, AL (12.5 mi.)
Woodville, AL (12.9 mi.)
Triana, AL (13.6 mi.)
Grant, AL (14.1 mi.)


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  1. Montgomery Miller  |  

    Your information concerning Hell’s Gates is flawed.
    I know which gates you’re speaking of, and those aren’t the gates involved with this tale.
    If you follow Shawdee it’ll turn into Green Mountain Road (or drive; I can’t remember, exactly), and it’s there that the gates used to be (in an attempt to stop the flow of teenagers to the spot, they were removed).
    Now, unless you knew exactly where they used to be, it’s nearly impossible to distinguish from any other gap between trees.

    The actual Hell’s Gates sit in front of a very narrow dirt path (very overgrown due to lack of use) that leads to a small clearing where a very stately manor once stood before it burned down sometime during the last century.
    When the gates were still there, they were very decrepit looking, just barely appearing to hang onto the bars they were mounted on.

    If you go on Google Maps and follow Shawdee (which is fairly confusing to anyone unfamiliar with the area) until it becomes Green Mountain, you can still see an image of the gates in street view in one of the curves.

    Unless you’ve been there before the gates were removed, it’s very easy to mistake a regular driveway for Hell’s Gates, but I assure you that the location you speak of is not the area you intended to speak of.

  2. Ghost Hunter Alabama  |  

    Definitely been here before. Nothing more than a pointless trail to nothing. Although I did lose my car keys there randomly as if they disappeared out of my pocket! An old giant generator of some sort sits off the side of the trail. Nothing more, nothing less.

  3. We used to stop by the gates at night back in the 90s. Nothing more than some spooky old gates to drive by. They were a good ways past the nature trail if I recall.

  4. Strange thing, Ghost Hunter Alabama posted.

    In 2006, went with a group of folks (3 cars) on a “haunt night” to see the haunted places in Huntsville.

    –most were intoxicated in one way or another, save myself and 2 or 3 others–

    One guy lost his keys, had to bust out the window to get back in the car.
    one guy got lost in the woods, another fell off the path and laid in the ditch the entire time laughing.

    Creepy? The area sure was. Although, we weren’t chased away by anything.

    DCP has real stuff happening though.

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