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Ghost Story | The Legend of Spearfinger in the Smokies

Norton Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Norton Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Author: TrailMob
Date: 10.11.16

The Great Smoky Mountains are no stranger to ghost stories. Over 200 cemeteries dot the park’s misty ridges and line hundreds of miles of its trails. While cemeteries are creepy in their own right, nothing is more frightening than the Cherokee legend of Spearfinger.

According to Cherokee lore, Spearfinger is an old witch that roams the rocky ridgelines of the smokies, most of all she is said to wander the north shore of Lake Fontana on the Norton Creek Trail.

Each autumn, as a chill takes to the air and the leaves begin to change, an unquenchable thirst is said to begin to boil deep within her. She uses supernatural powers to shift into the the image of an elderly grandmother; the sweet image coupled with the pleasantry of a song are used to lure unsuspecting children away from their parents. Begging children to help an old lady find her way back home or to sit on granny’s lap while she sings a song, the innocent children seeing their own grandmother in her image soon fall victim.

However, her sweet melody soon changes into vicious bloodthirsty tune once she has her prey in her grasp...

Uwe la na tsiku. Su sa sai

Liver, I eat it.  Su sa sai

Uwe la na tsiku. Su sa sai

With the swiftness of a cottontail and the accuracy of pouncing mountain lion, Spearfinger uses her dagger-like and razor-sharp index finger to cut the liver out of young children, devouring them with the greatest of pleasure, licking clean her slender finger.

As the night falls, the moon rises and thick fog descends on the mountain slopes, Spearfinger returns to the ridges and sits with her lone raven friend and sings her tune with giddy excitement, pondering who will fall her next victim...

Uwe la na tsiku. Su sa sai

Liver, I eat it.  Su sa sai

Uwe la na tsiku. Su sa sai