Devil's Stomping Ground

At the end of Devil's Stomping Grounds Rd., Siler City, North Carolina

Local legend states that a barren circular path, fifteen feet across, is where the devil paces. There he plots new terrors to bring onto mankind.

Others believe that vengeful spirits are buried underneath the patch of unfertile soil. One theory states that Waxhaw Native Americans were slaughtered and buried here hundreds of years ago. Their restless spirits now kill anything that spends too much time on their grave.

It's also believed that during the 1970's and 80's a small cult of devil worshippers would use this area to sacrifice animals in unholy rituals.

Today, people have witnessed animals avoiding the circle. One visitor’s dog choked itself on its leash to avoid the circle's center. Others that have come across the Devil's Stomping Ground have witnessed small animals dying on the edge of the circle.

People brave enough to visit the circle at night have claimed to see a pair of red eyes manifest themselves in the center. The sound of footsteps can be heard in and around the area.

The Devil's Stomping Ground has become a popular place for teens to test their bravery. One teenager had a frightening experience as he and his friends stood in the circular path. He states that, "It felt like a large hand rose from the ground and grabbed my heart. I fell to my knees, it hurt so bad...I couldn't move."

It wasn't until the boy apologized to the spirit for trespassing that he was finally released.

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Derek Robinson
Sep 4, 2008 12:54pm [ 1 ]

How can we find the proper person to contact to ask permission on going to the Devil's stomping ground as a boy scout troop?

audrey surratt
Oct 27, 2008 3:15pm [ 2 ]

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Tony Siler
Nov 25, 2008 3:02pm [ 3 ]

While I'm not a resident of the Siler City area, I am somewhat familiar with local folklore in the area. I visit the town once or twice a year and have spent many hours driving around the outskirts and rural roads. I've heard of Devil's Stomping Ground but never knew of the significance of the name or history of the site. I'll make a point to visit and explore on my next visit in the spring.

Jan K D
May 25, 2009 11:43am [ 4 ]

I can't believe this!! In the other article of the Biltmore Estates, I told that I was adopted. Guess what. I was adopted in Siler City NC. My Biological Mother and Husband still lives there. My Godfather also lives there. My Godmother and a Local Doctor arrranged for the hidden information for the sake of the Biological mother and My adopted Father is my real Dad. I found out this information while I was searching for my real Mother for Medical Records. I did talk with her and she asked me how in the world did I find her? We talked for about an hour and it was no question that she is my Mother. She wanted me not to tell her husband of now. I have never seen her but, I have had people in the Law INforcement and others to tell me that she is a small boned woman that has Dark skin and Black Hair. I know that I have Indian in me. My attorney said that I could find out. I was born in Raleigh for unwed single MOthers. My new parents got me at 3 days old and they have me listed in the County that I was raised in. My Real Daddy's Family always told my I was one of them and I was special. We left Siler City for good when I was 5 years ago. The ironic thing is that before my Real Dad Died. He took me to this attorney's office and the Attorney summons a woman with a large thick file that had dust all over it and Made me sneeze. He gave me a paper that gave me a start, but all were deadlines. So, I went to the Sheriff's Department and a few other and I got the address and phone number for my Biological Mother. This is a secret she must want to take to her Grave. I am and will proceed to investigate further. I hired a Attorney first and he came to a Dead end as well. Come to find out the Birth Certificate was never filed in my Birth Mothers Name, but kept in his office all those years. (wonder why?). I encourage all people that are adoped to find out where they came from. It is so Embarassing to tell Doctors: I don't know I am adopted. We have not been given our proper rights as Human Beings that were not able to speak for ourselves. Maybe I am a Waxhaw Native American. I will find out. I have a cousin that Married a man in Siler City and will contact her to help.

May 25, 2009 12:43pm [ 5 ]

Jan K D.........I wish you had read your story over before submitting. You have me so lost in what you wrote; your real father? your real mother? I would have empathy for you had you been more clear in relating. Sorry

Dec 17, 2009 5:32pm [ 6 ]

I moved to western NC in the 6th grade and my English teacher told me about the Devil's Stomping Ground, he said it's a circle in the middle of the woods where nothing grows in or around the circle and you can go up there and smooth the dirt inside the circle and come back the next day it looks like something big stomped the dirt you smoothed, He said it looked like the Devil's footprint.

Jun 1, 2010 8:27pm [ 7 ]

I don't know if this place is haunted or not, though I would not spend the night there. Having grown up in central NC and always hearing the legend of the Devil's Trampling (or "Stomping") Ground, each of my day time visits wee marked with nervousness about actually seeing the place I had heard of as a child. My second visit was especially spooky because lying on the side of the road, next to the patch leading into the woods and the circle, was a large Bible with the wind blowing the pages past, one by one.

Jun 6, 2010 7:30pm [ 8 ]

Okay, Im a little scared and usually when i hear about stuff like this i'm not that scared. My friend said she went and will never go again. Shes said she heard footsteps and saw red eyes and even heard moans... that is just terrifying

Jul 3, 2010 1:09am [ 9 ]

I'm originally from Hillsborough, NC. Me and three others from High School (back in the mid 70s) camped in the middle of the Devils Tramping Ground. Unfortunately it was an uneventful night. I read on another Internet hit that the ground may fall to suburban development. (???)

Aug 22, 2010 7:41pm [ 10 ]

Actully the story behind the devil stomping ground is quite sad....... I learnd in school at roaring river in elementry school, its a small town in between wilkes county and yilkin county.The story goes back in the settelment days and during the wars to be free, a man whom i do not remeber the name, was hung in that spot for murders that he did not commint, he cursed the people and swore that his innacents will be proved that if they hang him for something he didnt do then nothing on that ground will grow around the tree he was hung on ever. and so he was hanged and everything died and nothing has grew there since, they say he bargined with the devil to prove his innacents to the town people's. which is the reason why it is called The devil's stomping ground., plus there the story of bugga boo creek, tom douly and anna foster, gravity hill where 5 kids were killed and if u go there and put ur car in nutrual the car will move u will here kids laughing and when u get out of ur car u'll see 10 little hand prints on ur car.the story of the hootin nanny, and the story of the witch of long bottom rd in traphill,and the santanic church, and the kids she murdered. plus many more, including in wilkes county it self. so if ur ever in this area and want a good spooke just go to these places and ave fun but the church on long bottom rd visiters u are warned that u must be cleansed after visting there, for u can take home anything, theres no telling what type of stuff has be risain up from that place. happy huntings!

Sep 15, 2010 12:16pm [ 11 ]

My cuz and I are planning to go soon,might camp out,anybody wanna go email me.

Ronald Burganda
Feb 9, 2011 9:56am [ 12 ]

I went to the Devils stomping ground a month ago. I slept in the circle. I am such a heavy sleeper i didn't get to experience any of the creepy night time events. When i woke up I was out of the circle, my tent was slashed, and today I was diagnosed with an internal demon. Don't go there. It's bad.

Jen B
Feb 27, 2011 11:41pm [ 13 ]

@Ronald Burganda - are you serious? i'm going to sleep there soon, please tell me you are joking. if not, please e-mail me at and tell me about your night.

Jessica H
Mar 21, 2011 7:48pm [ 14 ]

Up until I was about 18, I lived about 5 miles from The Devil's Stomping Ground in Bonlee. The area where the Ground is located is called Harper's Crossroads. Anyways, I have been there numerous times as teen, due to the fact that my friends all knew that I am hyper sensitive to paranormal energies and happenings. Withing a half mile of arriving at the location, they would immediately notice that the hairs on my arms and back of my neck were on end, and that goosebumps covered every inch of my body.

When you enter the area where the circle is located you immediately can tell a difference in the air. It is heavier than the atmosphere near the road. Not only that but the air there is completely still, you don't hear birds singing, you see no animals running around, nor hear them in the brush. I have had several experiences while out there, both day time and night time. Both included me walking the circle, and right after a complete 360 degrees was completed I felt a sudden heaviness come over me, and feel like someone was right behind me.

This place is no joke. There is something there, and I hate the fact that so many people go there, litter, dump their garbage and just disrespect the place altogether.

Willie Makitt
Jun 16, 2011 12:59am [ 15 ]

I would really like to check this place out. Can anyone tell me exactly where its located? I found Harpers Crossroads on the map, but I don't know where it is from there. Thanks for any info.

Michael P.
Aug 28, 2011 8:09pm [ 16 ]

I to would like to know exactly where it is. As my wife and I both are interested in the paranormal and want to visit the site. I live in I am not to far away. Any help would be appreciated.

Sep 16, 2011 5:52am [ 17 ]

Please people stay away from this place. If you are interested in the paranormal, then talk to God. He can answer any question that you may ponder. Thank you Jesus for the sacrifice you endured for me! God is awesome!

Tim C.
Oct 5, 2011 7:15pm [ 18 ]

I am planning on visiting this location, however some pictures of a visit to this place makes it seem like private property... I'd like to go without coming back with a trespassing charge.

Jessica Foster
Oct 18, 2011 1:44pm [ 19 ]

My uncle has told me of the Devil's Stomping Grounds and that some hikers had camped there once but all were found the next day dead and that you could see the devil's hoof prints in the dirt circle.

Gerlaad Tonis
Mar 18, 2012 3:16am [ 20 ]

Where is this place? I'll take a dump in the middle of the circle and spit tobacco juice in his eye if he shows up.

Apr 10, 2012 11:48pm [ 21 ]

Hay who ses this place is safe??? I'm going there this friday who is coming

Her soul
Apr 17, 2012 12:32pm [ 22 ]

Hellow , i would love to go there & contact the devil one day , to tell him something very important thanks for telling me where he is <3

Apr 30, 2012 10:02am [ 23 ]

yea i havent been but a group of my friends went they said that they had their cameras and phones fully charged and when they got close to the circle their electronics were ded within minutes of beiing there and one of my friends was grabbed and threw out of the circle...i was suppose to go with them that weekend but i got grounded i wish i could have gone though it would have been very exciting the spirits wouldn't mind me there

May 18, 2012 9:56pm [ 24 ]

I was born in 1960 and live about 70 miles away from siler city we would pass by on the way to the beach.I have heard about this 40 some years

Marcus Edward Pinson III
Jun 26, 2012 9:08am [ 25 ]

hmm... i keep hearing about loss of power to critical equipment which means that something there needs power for some reason, i wonder what would happen if i set up an EM feild emitter there for it to feed on, a grounded grid to trap it there, and full spec cams to observe any anomalies

Robert Snelling
Jul 26, 2012 8:12pm [ 26 ]

I know of another "Devil's Stomping Ground" (So I was told when I was young [i'm 75]) This one is located in Cleveland county diagonally across the road from St Paul's Methodist

Anyone ever hear of the Devil's Stomping Ground in Cleveland county near St Paul's Methodist Church?

Sep 15, 2012 4:52pm [ 27 ]

I remember when I was a kid in Siler City, the high school boys would go out to the Devils Tramping Ground--being all big and brave and planning to camp out there. But I don't think any of them ever stayed all night. I don't know if there was really something there that was creepy to them, or if they just scared each other into leaving. Teenagers would also go at night and leave things in the middle of the circle, to see if they would still be there the next day. Sometimes they were still there, sometimes they weren't. But I imagine when someone's stuff was gone, they were just falling victim to pranks. I have been out there a lot of times myself (though never at night that I can recall), and never found it to be scary in the least. Just something unusual to see.

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