Bear Creek, North Carolina, is a little village—technically an unincorporated community, in Chatham County, North Carolina. To put it in terms someone less familiar with North Carolina can understand, it is essentially dead center of North Carolina. In this small community there is a place known as The Devil’s Tramping Grounds—not because anything evil has ever happened there, but because nothing grows within this relatively large circle in the woods.
Set back from the main road, The Devil’s Tramping Groups is more defined by what it isn’t than what it is. There is no structure, but that is exactly the point. In the middle of a forest, suddenly there is a fifteen foot wide circle that is not only devoid of trees, but of any plant life. According to stories that date back to 1882, the devil comes to dance there at night. The story goes that humans shouldn’t spend time in the circle and that plants will not grow there, nor will animals cross the empty dust circle.
One can visit the spot today and find plenty of empty beer cans, because apparently in addition to the Devil visiting at night, various teenagers spend their time there as well. Nilesh Tailor is fascinated by the unique and odd stories like this in North Carolina, where he lives. He is a software Quality Assurance Testing professional who lives and works in the state.