|A sign located in North Carolina talks about the Brown Mountain lights and states:
'The Long, even-crested mountain in the distance is Brown Mountain. From early times people have observed weird wavering lights rise above this mountain then dwindle and fade away'
Brown Mountain is a long, low-lying ridge on the border of Burke and Caldwell counties in Western North Carolina.
Most of it belongs to the Pisgah National Forest.
For perhaps 800 years or more, ghostly lights have been seen glowing and creeping along, and below, the ridge at night.
Some believed they might be the lights from a train or a car but it would appear that is not the case.
The Brown Mountain Lights are a series of ghost lights reported near Brown
in North Carolina.
One early account of the lights dates from September
13th, 1913, as reported in the Charlotte Daily Observer.
A fisherman claimed to have seen “mysterious lights seen just above the
horizon every night”, red in color, with a pronounced circular shape.
Soon after this account, a United States Geological Survey employee,
D.B. Stewart, studied the area in question and determined the witnesses
had mistaken train lights for something more mysterious.
Reports of odd lights continued, and a more formal US Geological Survey
study began in 1922, which determined that witnesses had misidentified
automobile or train lights, fires, or mundane stationary lights.
However, according to a marker on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a massive
flood struck the area soon after the completion of the USGS study; all
electrical power was lost and trains were inoperative for a period of
Several automotive bridges were also
washed out. The Brown Mountain lights, however, continued to appear.
of the best vantage points, Wisemans View, is about 4 miles from
Linville Falls, NC, and the best time of year to see them is reportedly
September through early November.
Missy use the Night Goggles (which they sell) that has a green hinted
light through the goggles and allows you to view images at night - where
sometimes you see things you can't see with your naked eye.
this instance we are looking at Hawksville Mount on the mountain and
what is not in the film is that a light from the sky descends onto the
top of this mountain. Then in this film you see this light and what
There is another light below it which is a car driving on the
road. The main male voice you hear is Ron with Missy being excited and
Katrina also discusses seeing a disc shaped light in another part of the
mountain but this is not filmed.
lights are the inspiration for the bluegrass song, Scotty Wiseman’s
“Brown Mountain Lights”, later performed by the Kingston Trio, and the
this version the light is being carried by "a faithful old slave/come
back from the grave" who is searching for his lost master.
The song was also recorded by the progressive bluegrass band Acoustic
Syndicate and performed by Yonder Mountain String Band.
This song was
also performed and recorded by Sonny James, Roy Orbison and Tommy Faile.
The Brown Mountain Lights were the subject of an X-Files episode, called
"Field Trip" from season six, which originally aired on May 9th, 1999.
In 2004, a science fiction novel was published by the author R. Scott
Caines under the title: 'The Brown Mountain Lights and The Mesozoic
The story centers around a scientific mystery involving the
brown mountain lights of North Carolina and the mass extinction of the
Brown Mountain Light is an American style lager produced by Olde Hickory
Brewery out of Hickory, North Carolina with its name based on the Burke
For hundreds of years mysterious
lights have appeared on
Brown Mountain in North Carolina. Locals say the lights are the spirits
of the dead from a battle fought on the mountain long ago.
of this mountain have been told from generation to generation for
hundreds of years.
The legend states the first to speak of the mystery -
Cherokee and Catawba Indian tribes 800 years ago. No one has solved the
What are these lights? There are no roads and no homes on the
mountainside, no artificial lights, yet the lights keep appearing and
During a National Geographic Shoot
This is the Brown
Mountain lights to the right of the screen and the blue and red orbs
are something we have never seen before.
This was filmed using 3rd generation night vision goggles for a National Geographic show called Paranatural.
Theories of the Brown Mountain Lights
- Optical Illusions or Mirages
- Light reflections from a train or vehicle
- Deposits of radioactive uranium ore
- Electrically charged plasma
- Swamp Gas
- Ball Lightning