Cursed Roads in the US You Should Never Drive On

Summer is almost here, which means roadtrip season has started as well. There’s nothing quite like a road trip across the United States that ignites the spirit of adventurism and excitement. However, you have to remember one thing — not all roads are created equal. Some of them harbor creepy legends, tragic histories, and inexplicable phenomena. And honestly — that’s what makes them so exciting. So, if you’re looking for an adventure that’s filled with mystery, paranormal activity, and unexplainable chaos— we have what you’re looking for! Here are some of the most infamous cursed roads in the US that you should think twice about driving on.

Clinton Road, New Jersey

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Even though New Jersey isn’t particularly known for its paranormal attractions, it’s actually home to one of the most haunted roads on Earth. Located in Passaic County, Clinton Road is notorious for its many legends and eerie, unexplainable occurrences. The road is said to be haunted by ghostly figures, including the infamous “Ghost Boy” who reportedly haunts the bridge over Clinton Brook. There’s plenty of info about this mysterious figure online, and some even claim to have it recorded on video.

Other tales tell of phantom trucks, Satanic rituals, and encounters with the legendary “Clinton Road Witch.” There are so many legends tied to this road, and with the dense forest surrounding is and its desolate stretches — Clinton Road has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most haunted roads in America.

Highway 666, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico

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Formerly known as Highway 666, this stretch of road traversing parts of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico was renumbered due to its association with the “Number of the Beast.” Despite the name change to Highway 491, the road kept it’s reputation as one of the most notorious ones in the country. And honestly — for good reason. Because there have been so many instances pf travelers reporting sightings of ghostly hitchhikers, mysterious lights, and strange animal behavior along this desolate highway. To this day, many believe that it is cursed by supernatural forces.

So, let’s take a look at some of the most common ghost stories surrounding this road. First, we have the classic — a hitching that vanishes without a trace before reaching their destination. Next, the famous Lady in White, that’s often seen wandering along the roadside or standing near abandoned vehicles. In some versions of the legend, ghostly children are said to roam the fields and cornfields near Highway 666. They are said to be pale and ethereal, with hollow eyes and tattered clothing.

Shades of Death Road, New Jersey

We’re going back to New Jersey, and this time, we’re taking a look at an even creepier road. As its name suggests, Shades of Death Road in Warren County, New Jersey, has a dark and sinister history. Legend has it that the road was once a haven for highwaymen and bandits who preyed on unsuspecting travelers.

Over the years, numerous murders and mysterious disappearances have occurred along its winding route. In the 1920s and 1930s alone there were three brutal murders along the road. And when I say brutal, I really mean it. From a robbery where a man was hit over the head with a tire jack, to an angry wife that beheaded her husband and buried him in parts along the road. Lastly, a local resident that was shot and whose murder was never solved

So it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of folklore and local legends surrounding this road. Locals and visitors alike report eerie encounters with ghostly apparitions and unexplained phenomena, making Shades of Death Road a spine-chilling destination.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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