By Sylvia Shipman, Features Editor—

People have reported hearing a baby’s cry and seeing a man in their rearview mirror when inside Sensabaugh Tunnel. [Photo Contributed by Earl Carter]

On the backroads of Kingsport, Tennessee, lies Sensabaugh Tunnel, one of the most allegedly haunted places in the state. Sensabaugh Tunnel has been discussed among various chat rooms and blogs online.

Legend has it that if you turn off your car’s ignition while inside the tunnel, a series of ghostly happenings will occur.

People have reported hearing a baby crying, seeing a man in the rearview mirror, seeing a figure sitting in the back seat and finding a child’s handprints on their car after leaving the tunnel.

Rumors of the tunnel’s haunting started in the 1960’s but continue up to today. The tales of its haunting, like any haunted place, vary depending on who’s telling them.

Some say that a homeless man attempted to rob the nearby Sensabaugh and fled with a baby after being discovered. His getaway route included Sensabaugh Tunnel, where he panicked and drowned the innocent baby in the shallow pool, now called Crybaby Pool.

Another version of the story says that Ed Sensabaugh, a man who lived in a house near the tunnel, went crazy one night, murdering his wife, kids and finally himself with a gun inside the tunnel’s walls.

Adding to these rumors is the legend of a young woman whose car broke down inside the tunnel. She exited and walked towards the Sensabaugh House to seek help. However, she never made it home, either getting murdered inside the Sensabaugh House or disappearing inside the tunnel itself.

Today, Sensabaugh Tunnel is a common place for young thrill seekers to drive through, halting their engine to find out if any of the legends are true.

While no records exist of any murders in the tunnel or the house nearby, the rumors still persist among locals and believers of the paranormal.

Kingsport is located in the North East corner of Tennessee, which is a three hour drive from Chattanooga, for anyone who dares to visit.

Could it be that the hauntings are simply talk, or do Sensabaugh Tunnel’s graffitied walls hold something much more sinister?

15 Replies to “The creepy legend of Sensabaugh Tunnel in Kingsport, Tennessee”

  1. We were driving through Sensabaugh Tunnel late one night and our car lights went off for a second. When they came back on we saw something in the middle of the tunnel. We got it on video before my uncle dropped the camera.

  2. My son an his friend had a picture taken of them at the tunnel an the child was in the background faintly!!!!!

  3. I personally have visited the Sensabaugh Tunnel more than once, having lived nearby for a long time. The stories here are all very true and vary depending on the phase of the moon. For instance if the moon is full then the activity is exponential. Be warned though, the activity you experience is dependent on your open-mindedness, however being too open can cause many problems. The entity surrounding the area and the tunnel itself is a powerful non-human spirit. It can and will latch on to any vessel nearby it believes it can. Pray before entering the tunnel.

  4. This is real i was driving by in the daylight and i stopped in the middle and just as i was gonna turn off my car i heard a woman’s scream fill the tunnel so loud and i stomped my gas pedal.

  5. It’s all bullshit and always has been. I grew up in Kingsport and I’ve lived long enough to hear dumb rumors I made up for fun about the tunnel 20 years ago get repeated by teenagers and message boards now. Y’all are gullible as hell.

  6. I’ve driven through the tunnel a few times and the only thing I’ve ever had happen was a flat tire. Simply because of probably a dr. Enuf bottle busted in the tunnel. Other than that, nothing to travel a far distance for.

  7. As I drove trough it I heard what sounded like a dog in the distance. Than two very bold footsteps. As I was about to leave a dog bark filled the tunnel and then a very loud sound of a dog racing by the car. Nothing was there. After that I heard a faint groan. This all happened Oct 19th 2019

  8. I was going to this tunnel when i heard strong foot steps i knew it was haunted cause i live in kingsport and i see the tunnel a lot. One time on october 19/20 2019 i was at the tunnel and it was night we were asking questions and we get reply 1 knock is “yes” 2 knocks is “no” we asked a question i cannot remember but we get one knock. I was filping out because when we left the tunnel there were hand prints on our car window’s and a bent cross,my step mom and i are drawn to the tunnel i am a senstive (i can feel spirts) and this is a pretty odd and cool and scary thing.P.S go look at my step moms youtube its Alisha’s TRUE HAUNTINGS it’s the first video to pop up please go look at it.

  9. I lived in church hill tn my whole life. I and some teenage friends went there on Halloween night 1985. I drove into the tunnel ,cut my engine and headlights at exactly midnight. We listened for the baby to scream looked for Ed sensabauh, heard or seen nothing.

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