Brown Mountain Lights

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It is said that the ghostly orbs that come out of the mountains are the spirits of Cherokee Indian maidens searching for their lost loves. The ghost lights are reported to date back to the 1200, when a big battle claimed the lives of many Indian warriors. The area also has been thought to be a location of alien activity. Wiseman’s View on Linville Mountain is said to be the best vantage point for seeing the lights.

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    Geographic Information

    Pisgah National Forest
    Lenoir, NC 28645
    United States

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    35.9212266, -81.73398529999997
    Caldwell County, North Carolina
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    1. I’ve seen them 5 times, 3 sightings from the Highway 181 overlook and twice from Table Rock. Too cool. Once, a light even jumped above the mtn and burst, silently in the air. Check ’em out!

    2. Seen them on many occasions. A word of caution if you go to Wiseman’s view, the road can be pretty washed out so it’s “wise” to have 4 wheel drive. Best time in my opinion is in the winter, when no one is camping. Just you and the lights.

    3. Heather Almond  |  

      We went this past April. It was amazing. We got to see the lights. They weren’t very active. But it was awesome anyway. My daughter and I were thrilled!

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