“Beware of Old Scratch”
The Devil's Tramping Ground is a camping spot located in a forest near the Harper's Crossroads area near Bennett, North Carolina. It has been the subject of persistent local legends and lore, which frequently allege that the Devil "tramps" and haunts a barren circle of ground in which nothing is supposed to grow. Stories about the ring are well known in local communities. These include the disappearance of objects left within the ring overnight, dogs yipping and howling not wanting to go near it, and strange events occurring to those brave enough to spend the night within its boundaries. It has been alleged that nothing has grown within the 40 foot ring for a hundred years. Legend says that this is the very place the devil himself can rise from the depths of fiery hell, and come to earth. It's at this place that the devil is supposed to walk in circles on certain nights and bring his evil into this world.
One of the neatest locations from American urban legends... and one that holds up. If you visit, be sure to bring a regular old compass with you so you can watch it spin wildly in the center of the Tramping Grounds. Some people complain about being sick in the middle, just something to be aware of.
Saturate it with Holy Water, have the area blessed and then erect dozens of crosses in the "barren circle". ;)
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