The Brown Mountain Lights
No Proven Explanation Yet Exists as to What the Lights Really Are

The Brown Mountain Lights
No Proven Explanation Yet Exists as to What the Lights Really Are

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 Mountain 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 pronou
nced 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 time thereafter. 

Several automotive bridges were also washed out. The Brown Mountain lights, however, continued to appear.

One 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.

Ron and 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.

In 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 happens.

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.

The lights are the inspiration for the bluegrass song, Scotty Wiseman’s “Brown Mountain Lights”, later performed by the Kingston Trio, and the Country Gentlemen.

In 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 Phoenix'.

The story centers around a scientific mystery involving the brown mountain lights of North Carolina and the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

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 County phenomenon.
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.

Strange tales 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 mystery.

What are these lights? There are no roads and no homes on the mountainside, no artificial lights, yet the lights keep appearing and disappearing. 

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
  • Ghosts
  • UFOs