The most haunted roads in the US and the chilling stories behind them – Insider – INSIDER


Boy Scout Lane — Stevens Point, Wisconsin

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Boy Scout Lane is said to be haunted.
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There’s no record of any Boy Scout deaths on Boy Scout Lane, but that hasn’t stopped urban legends from spreading. In some versions of the story, the Boy Scouts are murdered by their scoutmaster or their bus driver. In others, their deaths are the result of a tragic bus crash or fire. People say they’ve seen ghostly lanterns, shadows, and small handprints in the trees.

The name “Boy Scout Lane” likely comes from the fact that Boy Scouts of America bought the land and had planned to build a camp there. It’s still on private property, so visiting is off-limits for non-paranormal reasons.

Annie’s Road (Riverview Drive) — Totowa, New Jersey

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“Annie’s Road” borders a cemetery in Totowa.
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“Annie’s Road” is named for the ghost of young woman named Annie who, as legend has it, was hit by a truck and killed on her prom night in the 1960s. Some motorists have reported hearing screams, seeing mysterious fog, and experiencing interference in their phones and cameras. Adding to the spookiness, the street borders Totowa’s Laurel Grove Cemetery.

Route 2A — Aroostook County, Maine

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Tombstones along Route 2A.
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Route 2A is known as a treacherous road for truckers, especially when its sharp turns are covered in ice and snow during the winter. The road inspired the song “Tombstone Every Mile” by Dick Curless.

Drivers have reported seeing the ghost of a girl on the side of the road and a woman begging passersby to help her husband — but she disappeared when approached.

Archer Avenue — Chicago, Illinois

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Archer Avenue and Resurrection Cemetery.
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“Resurrection Mary” has been known to make appearances on Chicago’s Archer Road, which borders Resurrection Cemetery, since the 1930s.

The story goes that a woman named Mary stormed out of a dance after fighting with her date. She was hit by a car and killed on the now-infamous road she continues to haunt.

In 1976, police responded to a call about a woman grasping the gate of Resurrection Cemetery after apparently getting locked in — only to find scorch marks on the bent gate but no woman.

Kelly Road — Ohioville, Pennsylvania

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Kelly Road, or “Mystery Mile.”
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Kelly Road is also known as “Mystery Mile.” Paranormal activity in the area is attributed to the legend of a couple who is said to have died on the road after their carriage flipped over.

According to the story, the woman’s neck snapped and the man was crushed in a slow, torturous death. People have reported hearing the sounds of a carriage crashing and cries for help.

Dead Man’s Curve — Clermont County, Ohio

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“Dead man’s curve” is a ubiquitous name for a dangerously sharp turn, but this sharp curve in Clermont County appears to be haunted by an actual dead man.

At the intersection of Route 222 and Route 125, a faceless hitchiker who died in a crash at the scene in the 1960s is said to appear the road in the early hours of the morning.

Clinton Road — West Milford, New Jersey

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An aerial shot of Clinton, New Jersey.

According to local folklore, “The Ghost Boy of Clinton Road” will return coins people throw into the creek. Some visitors have reported seeing the boy’s reflection in the water. Rumors of aliens and Satanic cult activities also keep visitors on edge.

Riverdale Road — between Thornton and Brighton, Colorado

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Riverdale Road is 11 miles long.
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This 11-mile road connecting Thornton and Brighton is the subject of several urban myths and legends. One of the most well-known is “Jogger’s Hill,” where an undead jogger supposedly bangs on cars and leaves hand prints on windows.

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