Tennessee’s 7 Haunted Places That Will Creep The Hell Out Of You Tennessee’s Scariest Places and Their Shivering Stories

Tennessee has its fair share of scary places that will keep you up all night, but some are more haunted than others. If you’re looking for a good scare this Halloween season, these eerie spots might be just what you need! Here are __ scariest places in Tennessee that will keep you up all night.

1.The Bell Witch Cave (Adams City)


 Home of a famous evil witch within southern folklore. It’s known across the United States as one of the most haunted places in the country. John Bell and his family were the first settlers in this land back in 1817. When they arrived shortly after, they soon began experiencing things that no one could explain – like furniture moving on its own (and not by any human force) and hearing someone yelling in the house, cursing the family. Some locals say that a witch is haunting the area. She was known as “Kate” and was believed to live in a cave on the family’s property.  She violently beat members of the family by choking John Bell and torturing his daughter. On the other hand, one story says the witch also made time to save a child inside the Bell Witch Cave when a child got stuck in a hole and gave the children a quick lesson on safely exploring caves and disappeared again.

2. Tennessee State Prison (Nashville)

Have you heard about the movie, “The Green Mile”? Then you’re already familiar with this haunted horror. The brooding building is situated on the edge of Nashville, its history vibrant with prison riots and violent deaths and is known as the former home of “Old Sparky,” the state’s electric chair where more than 100 prisoners were executed. All of those who were executed with Old Sparky seem to wander around, making strange noises and unexpected footsteps heard by visitors. The maximum-security prison has been abandoned since 1992. In March 2020, it was heavily damaged by a tornado.

3. Sensabaugh Tunnel (Church Hill)


This Haunted Tunnel located in Church Hill, Tennessee is not for the faint of heart. The tunnel gets its name from the Sensabaugh family’s ruling patriarch, who was known for his sharp wit and commanding presence. He built the tunnel in the 1920’s and legend has it he murdered his wife and daughter only a few years later. He dumped their bodies in the tunnel. Ghost hunters say that you can hear their terrifying screams through the darkness of the tunnel. Broken by grief and anger for what the man did, he wandered the woods and tunnel for years. People report that their car’s ignition cuts at the tunnel entrance with the engine refusing to turn over. Creepy.

4. Gaylord Opryland Hotel (Nashville)

Behind the luxurious side of this hotel are creepy stories. Gaylord Opryland Hotel first welcomed customers in 1977 and it became the town’s most opulent hotel. The Hotel’s Black Lady, who wears a black gown and drapes a veil to hide her face, is said to be the ghost that haunts its hallways. Mrs. McGavock, who owned the property’s grounds and was killed there by a falling chandelier, is the supposed mystery woman. Her presence is said to be almost everywhere in the hotel but her favorite spot is the Magnolia Lobby. Staff said that she makes chandeliers move and flicker. 

5. Bijou Theatre (Knoxville)

Known to be one of the city’s oldest buildings, Bijou Theatre was built in 1817 and was once a hotel, brothel, and a Civil War hospital. The building’s atmosphere was so thick with death that many troops took their last breath in this place. General William P. Sanders was buried at the entrance of Bijou. In case you’re not familiar with him, he is a well-known officer of the Union Army in the American Civil War. Paranormal experiences like tugging of clothes or ghostly voices being heard happened to the workers of the building. Security hears footsteps all night long along the catwalk above the stage.

6. East Tennessee Hospital for the Insane (Knoxville)

It seems like Knoxville has a lot to offer for ghost hunters. East Tennessee Hospital for the Insane in 1886 was renamed Lakeshore Mental Health Institute and it’s known for dark medical procedures and experiments in the past. 984 patients were sleeping on floor pallets because of lack of beds – sad but not surprising. Hence, after more than a dozen years, funding stops and political infighting were involved. The city of Knoxville swears by reports of strange figures and screams echoing down the halls. 

7. Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park (Germantown)


People love hiking and enjoying the sun in this beautiful place. However, as the darkness fills up the space, strange things can happen. It is said that the ghost of a man known as “The Pigman” haunts this place. He was called “Pigman” when his appearance changed during an accident in World War II. During that time, he works at an explosives plant and now he roams around the forest in search of his next victim. Legend says, if you pass by the “Pigman Bridge”, and scream out Pigman three times while flashing your headlights, he will arrive and if you’re lucky, you won’t find out what happens after that! 

Would you dare to go to these haunted places? You have been warned. The following places are known to be haunted, and it’s best if you don’t go there alone! Happy Halloween!


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