Nevermore Hills Haunted Trails announced that 2018 would be its last year open. Located near the Warner Robins Air Force Base and funded by the Museum of Aviation, the trails have gained wild popularity during their six years in operation.
“Haunted attractions are a love or hate thing, you know, one of the reasons I started it was because I love – I love the scare factor,” Founder Jenny Maas said. “I have volunteers… (who) started out as sophomores in high school and they’re in their 20’s now and they’re still coming back and volunteering because they have so much fun.”
Despite support from the community, the trails will have their final scare this Halloween. Maas said that the project, while popular, wasn’t profitable enough.
“It’s a lot of work for, you know, what we consider to be kind of a minimal return financially. It’s a great, great public event, the public loves it, but in terms of a huge fundraiser; you can only let so many people through in one night, so your potential in terms of raising funds… is sort of limited,” Maas said.
There have been rumors that the trails are actually haunted. In 2013, during the trails’ off season, a local group of paranormal investigators stayed in the trails from 4:00 p.m. to midnight to determine if there was any truth to that claim.
“They did find some activity, apparently. Nothing off the charts, though,” Maas said. “There’s a lot of stories about the house. They say that a man was shot on the front porch, and there’s a tree out behind the house (where) they say they used to hang union soldiers.”
Volunteers at the trails have some horror stories of their own.
“We’ve had volunteers, because you have to go out there in the night before you’re going to be running it, and we’ve had volunteers swear that there’s a woman in black that walks out there,” Maas said.
The trails will be open this year Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. In addition to the trails, there will also be a crawl-through maze in the dark.