Drivers across the nation have spine-tingling tales of the strange and supernatural, from creepy local folktales to terrifying personal experiences. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we’ve collected accounts from 9 of the most haunted roads in America (the full stories are below, along with a fun infographic at the bottom). If you find yourself driving on any of these roads, beware!
Route 2A, Haynesville, Maine: The stretch of Route 2A that passes through the Haynesville Woods is known as a death trap, with icy roads and sharp turns. Country musician Dick Curless even recorded a song about it, singing, “If they’d buried all them truckers lost in them woods, there’d be a tombstone every mile.” There are reports of ghost-trucks that attempt to run you off the road, and even stories of ghost-carriages pulled by phantom horses. There’s also a legend of twin girls who were hit and killed by a semi on Route 2A. Even today, drivers say they’ve seen a pair of young girls wandering down the road, lost and confused. Those who stop to offer them a ride report that shortly after the girls get in, they suddenly leap from the moving vehicle or, in some versions, they simply disappear. Drivers frantically slam on their brakes and try to find the girls, but they are nowhere to be seen.
Crawford Road, Yorktown, Virginia: As one of the most historic locations in the nation, it’s no surprise that visitors to Yorktown battlefields have reported seeing ghosts of American and British soldiers from the Revolutionary War, as well as Union and Confederate troops from the Civil War, wandering in the dim light of dawn and dusk through the fog-covered embankments. In this area sits one of the most haunted roads in America, where people often claim to see spectral bodies hanging from the Crawford Road bridge. In some cases, it’s the body of a jilted bride in a white dress; in other cases, multiple bodies – victims of some past atrocity – are seen. Drivers also report their vehicle engines cutting off when they pass underneath the bridge at night, just as the air turns icy and they see moving shadows, hear unintelligible whispers, and sometimes feel breath on their neck or hands grasping at their body.
Mona Lisa Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana: According to Louisiana legend, a young woman named Mona and her sailor lover used to take romantic walks through what is now New Orleans City Park. Mona’s rich father forbade their marriage and Mona killed herself in grief. Overcome with guilt, the father donated a collection of statuary to the park, with the mandate that a statue be built to honor Mona. But when a group of misbehaving teens destroyed her memorial, Mona – not allowed peace in life or in death – began to haunt young couples in the area. Those who travel along Mona Lisa Drive reporting hearing her moaning and scratching at the windows. Some claim they’ve even seen her ghost in the park.
Archer Avenue, Chicago, Illinois: Archer Avenue is famous for its supernatural occurrences, including long-dead monks who haunt St. James-Sag Church, phantom horse-riders crossing 95th and Keen, and sightings of a feral child (some say werewolf) in Sacred Heart Cemetery. But the most well-known tale is that of “Resurrection Mary.” As the story goes, a young woman was walking home from a dance when she was killed in an unsolved hit-and-run incident. Mary’s parents buried her in Resurrection Cemetery. For decades now, there have been stories of drivers near the old dance hall picking up a young hitchhiker with blonde hair and blue eyes and wearing a party dress. She says nothing during the ride except to ask to be let out at the cemetery, where she exits the car and disappears into the night. In some accounts, when they near the cemetery, she simply vanishes from the moving vehicle completely.
Messick Road, Poquoson, Virginia: The small town of Poquoson is often referred to as Bull Island, as early farmers would let their cattle roam free in the salt marshes. Dorothy Messick, also known as Dolly Mammy, raised cows along with her two daughters, until one night when a fierce storm flooded the farm. Dolly’s daughters refused to help her round up the cattle in the rain, so she trekked out alone into the darkness, swearing punishment upon her return. But Dolly never came back. The next day, a neighbor stumbled upon a foot sticking out from a sinkhole; Dolly had been trapped and suffocated in the bog. For years, the daughters experienced paranormal events, from slamming doors and levitating furniture to waking up with their hair braided together, until they finally moved away from the old, haunted farmhouse. Today, drivers traveling down Messick Road still report seeing a lantern-carrying apparition floating through the marsh — Dolly Mammy looking to rescue her cows… and punish her daughters.
Bray Road, Elkhorn, Wisconsin: Legends of a mysterious beast – or beasts – in the area around Bray Road stretch as far back as the first European settlers who reported canine monsters who would attack and disappear without a trace. Travelers on Bray Road have continued to report glimpsing a large creature resembling a bear or wolf watching them pass by from its place in the woods. In rare accounts, the Beast of Bray Road runs through the forest parallel with the vehicle, able to keep up not only on all-fours, but also on two legs. The creature often vanishes into the brush so quickly that those who have seen it suspect it has supernatural speed and stealth. Might the Beast of Bray Road be a werewolf?
Clinton Road, West Milford, New Jersey: Clinton Road is pitch black at night, with no street lights and several sharp turns, but it’s not just dangerous – Clinton Road is also haunted. There are multiple stories of phantom headlights appearing out of nowhere and following drivers dangerously close before suddenly disappearing. The road also includes a bridge, where a young boy once drowned. It is said that if you throw a coin over the bridge, he’ll throw it back at you before chasing you all the way back to your car. The road’s paranormal reputation also makes it a popular spot for occultists, so it’s best to keep your distance from Clinton Road at all costs.
Pocahontas Parkway, Henrico County, Virginia: Just outside of Virginia’s capital of Richmond is a road haunted by Native American spirits. Before the building of Pocahontas Parkway, archeologists from The College of William and Mary unearthed a treasure trove of Indigenous artifacts from the local Powhatan and Arrohattoc tribes, dating as far back as 6,000 years. It seems the ancient ancestors of these tribes did not approve of their sacred land being disturbed by highway construction after thousands of years at rest. Truckers and tollbooth workers alike have filed reports with the State Police that they’ve seen Native Americans apparitions holding torches on the edge of the woods by the road, and heard drum-beats, chanting, and anguished yelling break through the swirling wind on stormy nights.
Kelly Road, Ohioville, Pennsylvania: Warning to those traveling with pets: Don’t take them down Kelly Road. Surrounded by dense, dark woods, the road sits on land cursed years ago by a sinister cult. When animals traverse Kelly Road, they are said to suddenly turn rabid and violent, attacking any living thing they see, including their owners. Imagine the horror of driving down the road when your pet unexpectedly lunges at your throat with snarled teeth, forcing you to keep them at bay while trying to maintain control of the moving vehicle. Keep your pets sweet and cuddly by keeping them off Kelly Road.
We hope you weren’t too disturbed by our ghost stories from the road. If we haven’t scared you away, be sure to check out Commercial Truck Trader to find your next flatbed truck, tow truck, or any other vehicle you need for your life and work. And we want to hear from you – what’s the most haunting story you’ve heard on the road? Let us know in the comments below.
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