We Dare You To Take This Road Trip To New Jersey's Most Abandoned Places
New Jersey has a rich history that lives on in so many ways. Our state’s achievements and major moments are captured in monuments, museums, literature, and well-preserved historic structures. We also offer a variety of restored living history villages that reflect life in the Garden State at various points in time. While these are all amazing ways to surround yourself with our state’s past, there is another way. There is a variety of abandoned places in New Jersey offering a unique (and often eerie) picture of what once was.
While these are spectacular places worth knowing about, please note that some are on private property and are dangerous to enter. Others are abandoned places in New Jersey that you can visit and explore publicly accessible spots to your heart’s content. Learn more about several of these haunted abandoned places in New Jersey in the following posts: Cliff Dale Manor, Fort Hancock, and Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. For directions and specific location details, see this map.
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Abandoned Places In New Jersey
Are there any ghost towns in New Jersey?
Ghost towns in New Jersey include:
- Sea Breeze
- Ong's Hat
As with any state, New Jersey has a few abandoned towns. One, in particular, is Sea Breeze which was once a popular resort town that sits along the bay. By 1985, Hurricane Gloria hit and demolished many buildings and the community never recovered. Ong’s Hat is an unincorporated community with beginnings dating back to 1778. It thrived for many years until the industry left town. The last resident left by 1936. This is perhaps the creepiest abandoned ton in New Jersey with some strange disappearances that occurred and, according to urban legend, it has an interdimensional portal. Read more about this ghost town in our previous article, Step Inside The Creepy Abandoned Town of Ong’s Hat In New Jersey.
Are there any haunted hotels in New Jersey?
Haunted hotels in New Jersey include:
- Hotel Macomber
- Flanders Hotel
The Garden State does have a few haunted hotels if you dare to spend the night. The historic 120-year-old Hotel Macomber in Cape May has several ghosts who have never checked out. One is a former waitress who likes to move silverware around in the dining room. Another is a woman from the 1940s who used to stay at the hotel. Her apparition has been seen dragging around a steamer truck and she likes to create mischief. In Ocean City, there’s the Flanders Hotel built in the 1920s as a lavish resort. It has a happy ghostly resident dressed in white and referred to as Emily. Sometimes you can hear her laughing or singing.
What are the most haunted places in New Jersey?
The most haunted places in New Jersey include:
- Clinton Road in West Milford
- Princeton Battlefield
- Allaire Village
New Jersey has numerous bone-chilling haunted places you can visit. Along our Haunted Road Trip, you can take a drive to Clinton Road in West Milford which is considered one of the most haunted roads in the country. Further along on the route is the Princeton Battlefield where hundreds of soldiers lost their lives during the Revolutionary War. Another stop is Allaire Village in Farmingdale which has two spirits who are quite the pranksters. If you are looking for more haunted places, check out our Definitive Guide To All Things Haunted And Creepy In New Jersey which gives a more in-depth look at some of the scariest places in the state.