Across America, there are many, many places where strange things have been seen and even stranger legends have been told to explain them. Some of the creepiest and most interesting among them are our haunted roads. Buckle up, and get ready for a white-knuckle ride through America’s most haunted roads.
1. New Jersey - Clinton Road
Often called the most haunted road in America, the rumors about this street in West Milford include ghosts, witches, the Jersey Devil, and even the KKK. The source of all of this activity could be Cross Castle, a building that once hosted Devil worshippers (but has since been torn down).
2. Florida - I-4
Between Orlando and Daytona, there is a stretch of I-4 that has an unusually high number of accidents and hurricanes that follow its path. It was discovered that a family of German immigrants who had died of yellow fever had been buried in the area, and the highway was built right over their graves.
3. New York - Buckout Road
There are several legends surrounding this road in Westchester County, but there are a couple that really stand out. The road was supposedly the site where three women were burned at the stake for witchcraft, and before the road was paved three X's marked the road where they were killed. It was very bad luck to drive over the X's. Since the road was paved, a family of cannibals living in a red house on the road became the new legend, but the property has been demolished. It makes you wonder what new legends will arise.
4. Wisconsin - Boy Scout Lane
This dead-end road in Stevens Point was supposedly named in memory of several boy scouts who perished here. There are a few different versions of the story of their deaths, including a crazed bus driver, an accident with a kerosene lamp, and just plain old murder. People have reported hearing children laughing, seeing small hand prints on their cars, and spotting lights in the trees.
5. North Carolina - Helen's Bridge
Helen's Bridge, located at Asheville's Beaucatcher Mountain, seems to be a magnet for paranormal activity. There are many reports of car trouble occuring near the bridge or in the days after traveling beneath it. In local legend, the bridge's namesake was a woman who hung herself after her child died in a fire. Travelers have reported seeing a woman in white who asks if anyone has seen her child, in addition to other monsters and dark figures.
6. Texas - Bragg Road
It might not look too scary during the daytime, but at night, the canopy of trees over this road in Saratoga make it pretty spooky. This is the site of the famous Bragg Lights, glowing balls of red or yellow light seen by travelers on this road. The story goes that this light is actually the lantern of railroad worker who lost his head in a tragic accident.
7. Louisiana - Pirates Alley
It's probably no surprise that a city with such a rich history has quite a few ghost stories. This small alley near St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans is said to be the home of a very famous phantom: the pirate Jean Lafitte.
8. Hawaii - Palani Road
Legend has it that a woman who was distraught after catching her lover cheating lost her life on this Kailua-Kona road on a rainy night. Several accidents have been caused by cars swerving to avoid hitting a woman crying, standing in the road with her clothes soaking wet.
9. Mississippi - Stuckey's Bridge
The local legend surrounding this old bridge in Enterprise is pretty grim. Supposedly, Stuckey was the name of a man who ran an inn nearby, where he would routinely rob and murder the guests. When local authorities finally caught on, he was hanged from this bridge. His ghost can be seen either swinging from the bridge or roaming the riverbank, lantern in hand.
10. Kentucky - Sleepy Hollow Road
This road in Oldham County is home to a couple of creepy legends. The first is an old hearse that appears out of nowhere and drives cars off the road. The second takes place at the bridge over the hollow. This is an infamous "crybaby bridge," where women supposedly came to get rid of unwanted babies by tossing them over the edge. Legend has it that visitors hear the cries of children and mournful women at this spot on the road.
11. Connecticut - Saw Mill City Road
This road is home to a really strange and creepy legend you might not have heard of before. Along with the usual shadowy figures and orbs supposedly seen here, this road in Shelton is home to a large number of mutant "Mellon Heads." Stories usually go that the monsters arose from excessive inbreeding, and there may even be cannibalism involved.
12. Minnesota - County Highway 21
Near Sherack, this stretch of highway will take you by an old cemetery. This is where well-meaning people have picked up a hitchhiker, just to have them disappear a few minutes later, right before their eyes.
13. Alaska - Chena Hot Springs Road
Travelers along miles 8-12 of this road outside Fairbanks have reported phantom headlights that follow passing vehicles, changing colors before merging into one bright ball of light and floating away.