Nestled at the junction of NC-41 and old NC Highway 70 in Craven County, Cove City is a town of fewer than 500 people.
But for over a century, an orange ghost light has made a reputation for the town.
According to folklore, hunters once killed a bear cub, but the mother bear escaped into the swamp. Soon after, a woman traveling with her baby to Cove City was surprised by the mother bear coming out of the woods, the bear seized the infant and ran off into the wilderness.
Although a search party was quickly formed, neither the bear nor the baby were ever found.
The ghostly light that occasionally appears in the night is said by locals to be the mother, still searching for her lost child.