Seven Bridges Road

Check your eyes and count again if you can. We’re keeping it east this week in Nash and Edgecombe counties.

You may have heard of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It’s a good sized town, with a population well above 50,000.

I can pretty much guarantee you’ve never heard of Leggett, NC.

Leggett is a truly tiny little town, with population that hovers around 70. There literally isn’t much there. It’s what’s between Rocky Mount and Leggett that catches my attention.

Welcome to the anomaly of Seven Bridges Road.

A Google search of “seven bridges road nc” will mostly bring up business addresses and a gruesome criminal case that plagues Nash and Edgecome. Over the past six or seven years, ten women have disappeared in the area. Nine bodies have been found, the tenth still missing. They’ve arrested one man for one of the murders and there’s suspicion he may actually be involved in the rest of them. Many of the bodies were found dumped along Seven Bridges Road, in the woods. The victims were women of all ages, many involved in drugs, and most of them in prostitution. It’s a tragic case that casts a shadow over a relatively peaceful part of the state.

But amongst the crime articles, the talk of a serial killer, the innocuous business addresses, is a truly unique bit of information that I can’t seem to track down much further. I first ran across this legend in Weird Carolinas a few years ago.

The story is short and simple. Seven Bridges Road is named for the seven bridges that lie along its route. You start in Rocky Mount and drive toward Leggett, and while you go, you count the bridges until you reach your destination. There are seven.

That’s when it gets spooky.

Drive back towards Rocky Mount and count the bridges again.

According to the story, you’ll only count six.

I couldn’t find anything more regarding this tale, as far as how old it was, or what the source is, or even any theories as to why one of the bridges disappears.

Definitely one of the weirdest corners of North Carolina.

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12 responses

  1. I have heard one explanation for the disappearance of the 7th bridge. That is is not really a bridge, just a guardrail over a ditch. I haven’t ever taken the time to drive out there and see for myself, but I might one day. πŸ™‚

    August 22, 2012 at 7:19 am

    • If I ever get down that way, I’m going to check it out for myself as well. NC is such an odd, odd state.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

  2. Not sure where to leave this, but do you know anything about an area called Indian Dance in Western NC? I know some about it and I am always trying to find out more.

    August 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    • I haven’t heard of it, but it sounds like something I might be interested in. I’ll have to do some research. πŸ™‚

      August 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

  3. Country boy 26

    Hey guys / gals. I actually went to school in the town of leggett, the school was called north edgecombe high, outside of the six bridges an murders we always heard tails of the road being haunted an people driving at night seeing suspicious characters in the rear view. Their has also been several students i went to school with died in freak accidents on the road

    July 11, 2013 at 1:56 am

    • Sounds like that road has quite a history on it. Freaky.

      July 16, 2013 at 8:23 pm

  4. Chris kunde

    The bridge goes from rm to go to enfield not leggit. But on another note if you leave from rocky mount and go to enfield you will see another bridge off to the left from where the rd use to run you can mainly see it in the fall.

    March 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    • Medic Smith

      This road your talking about is the seventh bridge.. It is down from the Edgecombe County Rescue station on seven bridges rd. It also is hidden by the trees and can only be seen in the fall time.

      January 8, 2016 at 10:54 pm

  5. Twerdle Durdle

    They moved traffic off one of the bridges and built another one to stop some of the problems on the road. Its not completely the original Seven bridges. The last bridge is hidden. Many years ago before they isolated that part of the bridge a ghost would be reported sitting in the backseat. My mom told me about that happening before they “fixed” the problem.

    April 6, 2014 at 11:30 pm

  6. janetta1961

    The same thing is going on in Jennings Louisiana. Maybe the police in both areas can figure this out!

    January 8, 2016 at 10:19 pm

  7. janetta1961

    The same type of killings are going in in Jennings Louisiana. Maybe the police dept there should check out what’s going on in Louisiana.

    January 8, 2016 at 10:22 pm

  8. Heather

    Actually Seven Bridges Rd runs from Rocky Mount to Whitakers. I’ve traveled it many many times. Plus try being out there fishing on one of the bridges in the middle of the night. Creepy, but never seen anything strange.

    March 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm

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