We’ve previously mentioned Arkansas ghosts you might come across in houses, on school campuses, and in theaters, but do you know exactly where you’re driving (especially this close to Halloween) around the Natural State? There have been reports of hauntings and paranormal activity by those who have ventured down these Arkansas roads and across these bridges – and what they had to say might creep you out a little bit or at least give you something to think about when passing these places during your travels!
10. Highway 365 Woodson
We've mentioned this ghostly hitchhiker before, but never forget where you can meet her! As the legend goes, this hitchhiker of Highway 365 in Woodson appears to drivers on stormy nights. She provides an address, but when the driver arrives there she is said to disappear. If the driver asks the residents at the address about the girl, the driver will be allegedly told that the situation happens often, as their daughter was killed in a car accident.
9. Primrose Lane
Some residents who live near Primrose Lane in Paragould claim to have seen the ghost of a man (who reportedly shot himself) and his dog (said to have died shortly after). People have also said they've seen the two ghosts in the nearby woods.
8. Old Redfield Road
Old Redfield Road in Sheridan is apparently crackling with paranormal activity. People claim to have seen ghosts walking along the road as well as in the cemetery Electrical items such as flashlights and radios have reportedly stopped working when this area is approached.
7. Wolf Bayou Bridge
The Wolf Bayou Bridge in Scott, replaced in 2005, remains the source of paranormal folklore today. Witnesses say that a woman and her newborn died here when she drove off the bridge. It has been said that those who go there at night and shout “Mama Lou, I’ve got your baby!” might experience sudden car trouble or even may see a woman in white floating near the bridge (maybe looking for her ghostly child?)
6. Woodson Lateral
As local rumor goes around Woodson, strange and ghostly lights appear at night along Woodson Lateral Road and follow cars for an indeterminate length of time.
5. Springfield-Des Arc Bridge
The Springfield Bridge-Des Arc Bridge in Springfield, an iron bowstring truss bridge that stretches over Cadron Creek, is another location where some have reported hearing strange noises (among them the cry of a ghost baby and a disembodied girl's scream).
4. Rader Road
Does Arkansas have its own haunted horseman galloping down Rader Road? Some people from around this area have claimed to see a ghostly rider and horse riding down this road on the outskirts of Rogers.
3. Bono Bridge
The Bono Bridge, demolished in 2011, is said to be haunted based on local legend. Allegedly, those who would on the bridge and would look down at the railroad tracks below as a train approached felt the sudden terror of nearly getting struck. Strange noises and ghosts are also said to appear in the area.
2. Gurdon Railroad
A haunting light found in Gurdon, Arkansas at various times during the night along the railroad tracks is said to be the light from the lantern of the ghost of a railroad worker who was struck by a train, and others claim the ghost is of a railroad foreman who was beaten to death in a dispute with an employee.
1. Tilly Willy Bridge
The Tilly Willy Bridge itself is gone (it was demolished a few years ago), but the legend lives on. As the story goes, a woman drove off the bridge some 40 years ago, killing herself and her children. The ghostly car was spotted driving across the bridge, and the ghost of the woman herself is said to still haunt the area despite the bridge being gone.
If you do happen to find yourself near one of these locations during your trips across the Natural State this fall, don’t worry. We’re sure it’s all just legend and folklore…right? You’ll be sure to have a full tank of gas near these places regardless, surely! Have you been around these areas and experienced anything a little strange? Sound off in the comments!