Buried under abandoned sand dunes and deep ocean currents are the forgotten ghosts of the Outer Banks. Find out why the souls of shipwrecked crews forever wander these forsaken shores.
Discover the true origins of Nags Head’s dark history in the Outer Banks. Find out on a spine-chilling ghost tour of pirates, witches, and unknown entities how this beautiful beachfront became one of the most haunted beaches in America.
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Known for its abundance of oceanfront views and gorgeous beach homes, Nags Head has been a popular vacation spot for more than a century, attracting visitors from all over the country looking for relaxation and the bliss of peace and quiet. What they really find is a popular hotspot for the ghosts of forgotten pirates that continue to haunt these shores waiting for the unwary tourist to join them in their search for the wreckage of their ships lost at sea.
Adventure through the most terrifying areas on the beachfront where you’ll find yourself at the same haunted locations where Outer Banks’ most notable apparitions have been spotted. This seemingly quaint and quiet beach town is home to some of the most intriguing and spine-tingling tales that include formidable ghost ships, wily witchcraft, and the incredible story of Sir Walter Raleigh and the Lost Colony of Roanoke. They may have been lost but they will never be forgotten while their ghosts still roam the moonlit beaches each night.
The stories that you’ll hear are the stuff that thriller movies are made of. While hailed as a beach lover’s dream, Nags Head’s sinister origin story is anything but a walk on the beach. The name Nags Head is said to be adopted from the actions of the “land pirates” that would hang lanterns around their horses’ necks to throw incoming ships off course, giving the pirates the opportunity to steal their cargo once docked.
The Outer Banks ghost tour starts near the beach and takes you on an excursion through the area’s most haunted sites. Learn where The Gray Man is spotted and why the locals take his presence seriously. Join expert guides as they lead you to the home of the infamous pirate Blackbeard and take you through his life, disturbing death, and his tragic afterlife. You’ll explore the sites where the local witches called home and the lighthouse that was named after a terrifying and gruesome event. We’ll even reveal a couple of love stories for all of the lovebirds on our tour, even though these stories include a tragic end. Whether you’re on a solo trip, traveling with friends, or are on vacation with family, the Outer Banks ghost tour has something for every appetite!
* This is a walking tour and we do not enter privately-owned buildings or private property *
When you arrive at this quaint little “spot” at Outer Banks, keep in mind that it was near the former home to the “Goat man” near NagsHead in Jockey’s Ridge State Park, this home that still stands also still haunts the area with tales of a real-life boogeyman, waiting for dark to chase after teens and other individuals he believes are trespassing on his precious wildlife property. Tread carefully whether you want to encounter him in his own backyard…or not.
If there’s one thing we love about Nags Head, it’s that the stories are not the typical stories you hear when it comes to unexplained activity. The history of Nags Head is filled with stories that belong in a grim fable but are ones that are part of the town’s development and actually play a role in its evolution as a prominent resort town.
Every location features a different tale and haunting that will keep you on the edge of your seat, a spine-tingling thriller brought to life. Here, you’ll hear tales of witches and the spells that bound their victims and love stories that end in tragedy and apparitions. You’ll uncover the reason the spirits of pirates frequent the local cottages and how the Bodie (pronounced “body”) Island Lighthouse got its name.
Whether you’re a believer or just someone who enjoys being entertained, the stories you’ll be exposed to on our tour will give you something to talk about long after your vacation ends, and may even send you home as a believer.
You’re interested in learning more about what makes Outer Banks unique
It’s easy to see why the area has been a popular destination spot for more than 100 years. With its abundance of amenities and activities, there’s a little something for everyone. Beyond the screensaver-esque scenery, however, are truly chilling tales of a time that most couldn’t imagine living in. And where else are you going to find vacation rental homes that were literally built with the wood from the wreckage of ships?
You want to make the most of your vacation
Vacations seem few and far between these days. When you are able to get away, why not take in every inch of the area you’re visiting? What better way to do this than with a ghost tour that digs deep into the history of the town? And, let’s be honest: looking at pictures online doesn’t do an area justice. To truly immerse yourself in the town and culture, a visit to the historical and haunted areas that give the town its individuality is a must.
You need a family-friendly event to add to your vacation plans
Nags Head is surrounded by beauty and filled with unique shopping and restaurants. While this is a plus for the adults, the kids can grow tired of it pretty quickly. Shopping isn’t exactly on a kid’s list of fun activities. If you’re looking for something that will keep everyone in the family happy and entertained, an Outer Banks ghost tour is the ticket to a good time for everyone.
Think it’ll be difficult keeping the kids’ attention? We’re up for the challenge! Over the years we’ve discovered that the town’s stories of ghosts, witches, and pirates are too intriguing to resist for any child. And while the stories may sound extreme, our tour guides present them in a way that’s chilling yet appropriate for the whole family.
You’re looking for inspiration
Finally getting around to writing that book or screenplay? Online research is great but there’s nothing quite like seeing the sites of some of the spookiest events in history, in person! Reading about these stories is one thing. But seeing the locations and hearing these tales from a person who is as passionate about the information as you are is a type of inspiration and research you won’t get from Google or a book.
Whether it’s Sci-Fi, a twisted love story or a good old-fashioned ghost story, the tales you’ll hear on our ghost tour will be sure to spark a few ideas and leave you with some inspiration to knock out that big project.
You secretly want to be a ghost tour guide or a ghost hunter
It’s ok to admit it, we won’t tell! In fact, we’ll cheer you on! Our tour guides are some of the best in the business and love all things about their job, from learning the history of the area to the storytelling. And, of course, they’re all big fans of ghosts and all things that go bump in the night!
If this sounds like you, you’re in good company. Take a tour with our paranormal professionals and you’ll get firsthand experience and insight into what it takes to be a tour guide. Looking to get into ghost hunting? What better place to start than with a tour that can serve as a map of your first hunt?
Not only will you discover new and exciting places to start your ghost hunting career, but you’ll also know which spirits to look for and may even discover some new ones. Just don’t forget about us when you make it big!