There are many reasons to visit the city of Asheville in the mountain region of the state. Whether it’s during the fall foliage or in the summer for a quick getaway from the hot heat of central and eastern North Carolina, there is never a bad time to visit. But there is something near the city hiding above a mountain top with an eerie past.
If you want an adventure, travel the winding roads of Beaucatcher Mountain, and along the way, you will see an old, rundown bridge crossing above the highway. The bridge is known today as Helen’s Bridge was used as a stagecoach bridge to transport wealthy families to mountain top castles back in the 1900s.
One of the destinations was Zealandia Castle which was completed in 1884, nearly ten years before the popular Biltmore Estate. The castle was built by John Evans Brown who spent 30 years making his fortune before returning to Asheville to build his dream home. Today the castle is closed to the public because part of Beaucatcher Mountain collapsed due to the busy traffic on I-240.
You may ask yourself why the old stagecoach bridge is called Helen’s Bridge. Learn more about its ghostly history and why you should not go there at night: