Here are 5 roads you need to check out for your own haunted road trip, as well as a map with the rest of the spooky spots around New England.
New England is so saturated with haunted sites you don’t even have to leave your car to get scared.
That’s not an exaggeration — there are over two dozen streets and roads purported to be haunted by some entity or another, and those were just the ones I was able to track down on the wide world of the internet. No doubt there are dozens more embedded in local legends throughout the area.
So if ghostly hitchhikers in your rear view mirror or creepy cryptids and cults are more your thing, here are 5 roads you need to check out for your own haunted road trip, as well as a map with the rest of the spooky spots around New England.
Rt. 2A Haynesville Woods, Maine
We start with a road that’s a bit of a haul, but it’s not every day you can take a ride down a stretch that’s claimed so many lives there’s an actual song about it. The remote and winding Rt. 2A is known to be a death trap in winter, while also being one of the main trucking routes for hauling goods from up north down to Boston. As Dick Curless sings in his appropriately named song, “If they buried all the truckers lost in them woods, there’d be a tombstone every mile.”
As if that wasn’t somehow bad enough, there are also reports of a ghostly screaming woman on the side of the road who begs drivers to stop and help, and the ghost of an unrelated little girl.
Rt. 44 Rehoboth, MA
Largely considered to be one of THE most haunted stretches of road in the country, Rt. 44 on the Seekonk/Rehoboth line in reportedly stalked by a huge, red-headed hitchhiker dressed like a lumberjack. Sure, it sounds humorous now, but will you be laughing when this beast of a man appears in your back seat? Definitely not. And don’t even think about trying to pick him up for a ride.
Beyond the hitchhiker, radios have been known to scan randomly, fade in and out, and end on the sound of a man’s haunting laugh. The road also cuts right through the heart of the famed Bridgewater Triangle, a vortex of paranormal activity in the region, so, you know, there’s that.
Tower Hill Road Cumberland, RI
The smallest state had two contenders for the list – Tower Hill Road and the Witch Tree. And since the Witch Tree isn’t there anymore, Tower Hill Road wins out. The road would win on its own right, however, off the back of the “Man Monkey.”
Yes, Man Monkey. More than a few people have purported seeing a Bigfoot-like creature from this winding wooded road, along with reported sightings of unexplained lights, ghostly children and even a few reports of zombies, so always remember to double tap.
Conn. 59/Union Cemetery Easton, Conn.
This site brings you a double-whammy of haunted road and super haunted cemetery. Union Cemetery, which sits just off Rt. 59 in Easton, Connecticut, is widely purported to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in the country. Famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren reportedly captured tons of supernatural activity in photographs and on video at the cemetery, enough to write a book, Graveyard: True Hauntings from an Old New England Cemetery.
The spirits, though, aren’t known for staying in the cemetery, and several of them are known to have spilled out into the passing road, including a woman who is said to appear in the middle of the road in front of oncoming cars, the ghost of a man who is said to have been set on fire and a hitchhiker who sometimes shows up in the back seat.
Dudley Road Billerica, MA
The spooky hauntings along this remote road have a somewhat unlikely source: a convent of nuns that have historically called the area home. Legend says the nuns were caught practicing witchcraft and were hanged, but not before making a break for it and scattering into the woods to be rounded up and killed in the fields. Drive through at night and you just might run into one of them. Years later, a home was supposedly built on the site of the hanging, but it was abandoned and then mysteriously sunk into the earth. Not weird at all. The house is reportedly still visible in the woods if you dare to take your eyes off the road.
Clinton Road Passaic County, New Jersey
If Rt. 44 is one of the most haunted roads in the country, then Clinton Road is THE most haunted road. It’s so haunted that Ice-T made a movie about it, which now that I’ve said it, probably isn’t actually a glowing endorsement.
Anyways, this road has it all. Dead Man’s Curve? Check. Ghost cars? Check. Druid Temples and castles reportedly used by devil worshippers and maybe even the KKK? Check. Real life crimes? Check. And, as if this wasn’t enough, the road also boasts the longest stoplight wait time in the country – a whopping 5 minutes a point, leaving you a sitting duck for whatever is out there.
Even if you’re not into the supernatural stuff, the road has been home to some gruesome real life crimes. It’s reported to be a dumping ground for killers working for the mob, and if you don’t believe me, ask Richard Kuklinski, better known by his professional moniker “The Iceman,” a notorious contract killer who liked to freeze his victims, allegedly to cover up the time of death. One of his victims was found dumped along Clinton Road, frozen heart and all, and the discovery led to his eventual arrest.
So there you have it, a road so terrifying it could only be found in New Jersey.
Here are quite a few other “haunted” roads throughout New England that didn’t quite make the list but will still bring the scares: