Morganton, North Carolina: Brown Mountain Lights
Mysterious balls of yellow or blue fire haunt nighttime Brown Mountain. A handy overlook helps you spot 'em.
- Jonas Ridge Hwy., Morganton, NC
- Brown Mountain. Best seen from an overlook located on Jonas Ridge Hwy/Hwy 181 about 12 miles north of Morganton. Brown Mountain is about three miles east of the overlook.
Brown Mountain Lights
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For centuries, there have been reports of lights on Brown Mountain. The lights are not man made, are not "swamp gas," and appear to be balls of yellow or blue white fire.
Although initially a North Carolina legend, sightings have been verified numerous times and have been the subject of academic study.
If you visit the overlook, you may see the lights -- if not, some of the ones there with you to observe the lights will have numerous stories to tell.
[B.K. Simerson, 03/13/2001]
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