If you aren’t from Asheville, most likely you haven’t heard the story of Helen’s Bridge. I have to admit, I’d never heard of it. But I do love a good ghost story–who doesn’t?
The legend goes something like this: A woman named Helen—appropriately enough—lost her only daughter in a fire. She was so devastated that she hanged herself from the bridge. Rumor has it that you can go to the bridge at Beaucatcher Mountain to catch glimpses of Helen.
People have reported seeing a woman in white walking on the bridge, calling for her daughter. Some have just felt a weird presence or a strong breeze. Many others have stated that car trouble is an inevitable occurrence after visiting the bridge.
Trip Advisor even has a page dedicated to this spot, so it must be legit, right?
If you want the whole story, watch this video:
There are also plenty of amateur videos resembling the Blair Witch Project if you want a giggle. Like, for instance, this one:
I’m no paranormal expert, but I’m pretty sure a tour bus (with its occupants chanting, “Helen, come forth”) wouldn’t invoke a ghost to make an appearance. But I am intrigued enough to want to see the place for myself. And so begins my journey of finding haunted places in Asheville….stay tuned!