Urban legends tend to not have the exact tangible evidence that would render the rumor 100% true. Still, the small chance that these stories could be accurate is just too exciting! Fully convinced or no, being in the alleged location of mysterious happenings is super eerie and fascinating.
Many people travel to legendary locations in hopes of exploring and maybe even coming across their own evidence! Whether you're a skeptic or a full-fledged believer, visiting the site of an urban legend is always fun. Here's a list of ten places you can visit where unusual events are rumored to have occurred!
10 Hole in the Wall - East Bay, South Africa
This simple rock formation situated between the Southeast ports of East London and Durban in Coffee Bay seems pretty unassuming at first. Ask the locals, who refer to the hole as "Place of Noise" due to the hole amplifying the noise of the waves crashing, and they'll tell you the magical story behind the figure.
Legend has it that a beautiful woman once fell in love with a merman of sorts. Her father forbade them from being together, so the merman rounded up an army of other sea creatures and rammed a giant fish into the cliff she resided on, forming the hole. Now, tribesmen believe the unique noises coming from the hole are the echoes of the sea people.
9 Sharlie - McCall, Idaho
You could travel to Scotland to see the Loch Ness Monster, or you could visit Payette Lake in Idaho, USA, to see Sharlie. Sharlie is said to be a serpent-like creature somewhere between 30 and 40 feet long. Rumors of Sharlie date back to the Native Americans, but the first documented sighting of the creature was in 1920.
Said to have the head of a dinosaur, Sharlie was was seen by multiple groups of people in 1944, and was seen again by a group of people in 1946. The creature was then seen dozens of times between the years 1956 and 2002.
8 Jersey Devil - Hammonton, New Jersey
The Jersey Devil is a more well-known myth. After all, New Jersey's NHL hockey team named themselves after the creature! Still, many don't know the specifics. The beast is rumored to be a mish-mash of animals -- wings like a bat, legs like a kangaroo, hooves like a goat, head of a horse or goat, horns, clawed hands, and a forked tail. It's said to emit a high-pitched scream.
Folklore says a woman pregnant with her thirteenth child was frustrated and cursed her baby. She then gave birth to the Jersey Devil, and it's been spotted over and over throughout the years. If you would like to go searching for the Jersey Devil yourself, pitch a tent in the Pine Barrens (where it's most often spotted) and explore!
7 Beast of Bray Road - Elkhorn, Wisconsin
If you ever happen to be in Wisconsin, check out Bray Road in Elkhorn. It was on that road in 1936 where a particular beast was first spotted. The beast is said to be similar to a bear, only it walks on two feet. Extremely large at 7 feet tall and 400-700 pounds, sightings of this beast have been reported for decades.
After a surge of spottings by locals in the late 1980s and early 1990s, a local newspaper decided to get to the bottom of the mystery. Skeptical reporter Linda Godfrey eventually became convinced that the witnesses she interviewed were telling the truth. The articles she wrote on the beast were compiled into a book, The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf.
6 Altie - Brunswick, Georgia
Altamaha-ha a.k.a Altie is a sea creature said to lurk within the depths of the Altamaha River. The legend of this creature originates from the Muscogee tribe, but other locals will also tell you the monstrous creature is real.
While the beast certainly would appear intimidating as it is said to possess fins, the head of a huge alligator, and a giant serpent-like body rumored to stretch out between 20 and 40 feet, many who claim to have encountered the creature say there's nothing to be afraid of. In fact, Altie is said to be relaxed and even a little friendly!
5 The Seven Gates of Guinee - New Orleans, Lousiana
Sure, the cemeteries scattered throughout New Orlean's French Quarter are pretty to look at -- they just also might be a gateway to the afterlife. Voodoo tradition says there are seven gates to the afterlife, known as "Guinee."
Theories on which particular cemeteries have which gate and how they can be opened vary. If you do figure out how to open them, make sure you pay respect to the guardian at each gate with offerings. And you must never, ever, open the gates in the wrong order. This could lead to dangerous spirits being let into our world! Or so the legend says.
4 Yomi-no-kuni - Matsue, Japan
Head to the Iya area of Matsue, just off Route 9, and you'll come across several large boulders. While they don't appear to be unusual, the boulders signify that you are in the area that could possibly transfer you to Yomi-no-kuni -- the land of the dead.
The story goes that the gods Izanagi and Izanami worked on creating the world until Izanami died giving birth to a fire god. Izanagi wanted to go to Yomi to be with Izanami, but instead, the gods of the underworld chased him back to the land of the living. Izanagi used a boulder to block the passage between the two worlds.
3 Robin Hood - Nottinghamshire, England
Did Robin Hood - you know, the outlaw that stole from the rich to give to the poor -- actually exist? It's still being debated. Head to Sherwood Forest in England and look for the "The Major Oak," a 1,000-year-old tree that was said to be one of Robin's main hiding spots.
While the tree is a major standout, there are also tons of trails that Robin Hood was said to walk on. The town of Nottinghamshire has embraced the legend, and even offer tours that will point out to you Robin Hood's rumored hang-outs.
2 Dark Hedges - County Antrim, Ireland
The Dark Hedges surround the Gracehill House that was built in 1775. Though the house itself is said to be haunted, the hedges surrounding the property are said to be home to the Grey Lady, a ghost that zooms amongst the trees.
As for the identity of the Grey Lady, there are multiple theories. It could be the daughter of the man who built the house, one of the housemaids who died mysteriously, or a spirit from the abandoned graveyard beneath the fields. What's also cool about this area is that is served as the "Kings Road" in the show Game of Thrones.
1 Mothman - Point Pleasent, West Virginia
Mothman is a giant bird that almost appears to be a man. It was seen flying overhead multiple times between November 12, 1966 and December 15, 1967. One particularly notable appearance was when it was seen flying past the Silver Bridge that later collapsed. People have connected this creature (described as being a man with glowing red eyes and ten-foot wings) to the tragedy.
If you want to go birdwatching for yourself, the Silver Memorial Bridge that replaced the original is probably your best bet. Don't forget to visit the Mothman Museum and Research Center, or attend the Annual Mothman Festival!