Most Haunted Cities in Tennessee

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Few states have the shared history that Tennessee has, thanks to the region’s connections to various eras of American history, teemed with its role in various cornerstone moments.

Between Civil War hotspots like Murfreesboro and modern outposts of American history like Chattanooga and Knoxville, the Volunteer State is no stranger to Southern Gothic lore — which lends itself naturally to an above-average number of supernatural sightings in the state.

With October unfolding fast and Halloween approaching closer by the day, now is the perfect time for a ghoulish getaway to one of the Volunteer State’s most haunted destinations. took a break from Tennessee sports betting and utilized to compile the amount of ghost sightings across the state. After determining the number of sightings per city, we developed the Top 10 cities for ghost sightings.

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Tennessee Cities You’d Most Likely See A Ghost

RankCityNo. of Sightings
T-6Lenoir City18

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The Tennessee town with the most ghost sightings over the years is Murfreesboro, which beat out No. 2 Knoxville by one with a grand total of 37 paranormal encounters.

The home of the Battle of Stones River and Middle Tennessee State University finished ahead of the home of the University of Tennessee — which is +1600 to win the Southeastern Conference in football at Tennessee betting apps.

Knoxville, which is home to one of the oldest public universities in America, had the second most ghost sightings in the state (36), beating out Clinton (26), Maryville (22) and Chattanooga (21). It seems like no matter where you pull up camp in Tennessee, there’s a decent chance you’ll run into some form of the supernatural, which lends itself perfectly to the spookiest month of the calendar year.  

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Christopher Boan writes for and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.