Friday, October 8, 2010

Hell's Half Acre

Hell's Half Acre
This area of land (allegedly more around one to two acres) is a bit of a mystery to residents of nearby Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Despite being surrounded by forest and vegetation, this area is completely composed of sharp jagged rocks and no vegetation, aside from just a few trees. The place is reportedly feared by locals (and even their hunting dogs) and some believe that the devil lurks below. Geologists are said to be baffled and theories range from an extinct volcano (that warms the hot springs in the area) to a vortex that has trapped fallen angels who await their release on the final Day of Judgement.

In the same general area lies a deep black hole.  The legend has it as a bottomless hole where a demon has been trapped. Those that pass by at night report hearing groans and shrieks of profanity. People tend to stay away at night.


Chris in the Emerald City said...

I love reading your Friday posts! The Old Hippie and I were married in the east cupola of the Arlington Hotel overlooking the park in Hot Springs. We stopped going to the Arlington when they ceased using the natural spring water in the big hot tub and the two pools. Sort of takes the gloss off the whole experience knowing that you are soaking in Hot Springs Municipal water which comes from Lake Hamilton and not the springs. Have you ever been on the big network of trails behind the Arlington?

We have researched Hell's Half-Acre and tried to find it a couple of times, unsuccessfully. Supposedly it is surrounded by private property now and difficult to access, but I have a friend who has a friend (you know how that goes) who knows the way in. We have read that there is an very strange sort of echo when you walk over the rocks. One witchy friend of mine has been, and he said that he didn't pick up on anything out of the ordinary there, but I am truly fascinated by this place.

Have you ever been up to the Native American novaculite mines near Gulpha Gorge in Hot Springs? The trail is temporarily closed for some reason (there is a sign), but you can still get in =]. You can get some large, primo pieces of novaculite there. They almost look like sculpture. Look up the properties of novaculite and I will bet you will want to start planning a trip!


Jeanne said...

Thanks Chris!
I had heard about the novaculite mines.... from what I know, the Park Service closed the trail intentionally. Too many people were going up there and removing stones.

Haunted Swamp Designs said...

Sounds like a place I'ld like to night!

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said... spooky! I love to read about places like that, but I'm too scared to visit them...ha! ;o)

Chris in the Emerald City said...

Ooops... Guilty.