The Most Haunted Roads to take a Road Trip through in America (States P-W)
Cossart Road (Chadds Ford , PA)
Cossart Road - source: TryToScare.me
This place is so creepy that M. Night Shymalan filmed his 2004 horror movie, "The Village" in a nearby field here. If you dare to, you can find this place just north of the Delaware border. Although, just like with anything else that may cause terror, we highly recommend you use caution. There's rumors that a white house is hidden somewhere in the woods on Devil's Road, officially named Cossart Road, and was home to a wealthy, incestuous family called the DuPonts, who took desperate measures in order to keep their fortune within the family by resorting to inbreeding. "The Cult House", as it's called, was used as a place to perform incestuous marriages and as a place to hide their deformed offspring. It's said that piles of animal corpses have been discovered in the area by visitors.
Schoolhouse Road (Warren, RI)
Schoolhouse Road - Google Maps
If you care to venture just near the river on School House Road, this place is the site of an alleged colonial murder of settlers. It's said that this road is where the heads of the victims were placed on pikes and that it's still haunted by their ghosts.
Old State Road (Cayce, SC)
Old State Road - photo by @jmemedia - source: colatoday.6amcity.com
This place is so haunted that many popular television shows have investigated the area in search of answers to local folklore. According to history, in 1865, General Sherman marched his troops through South Carolina and killed about 1500 Confederate soldiers on Old State Road during the Battle of Congaree Creek. It’s said that if you listen closely, you may be able to hear the sounds of people walking and falling into the creek, as if history keeps repeating itself in some ghostly loop. Rumor also says you may catch a peek of phantom soldiers and their lanterns swinging in the darkness as if they're still on duty.
Old State Road is also home to another ghostly character whose name is commonly known as “Ole Redeye.” If you're brave enough to try for yourself, legend has it, if you’re driving down the road at 50 mph (not recommended by the way), you’ll see Ole Redeye keeping up with your car. You’ll know it’s him because of the red eyes you’ll see in your rearview mirror.
Scotty Phillip Cemetery (Fort Pierre, SD)
Scotty Phillip Cemetery - Google Maps
If you take County Rd 908 off State Hwy 1806 you’ll find this creepy cemetery located in Fort Pierre. This cemetery was started when five of Scotty Phillip's kids preceded him in death and he buried them all here. Scotty was also buried next to them when he passed away. The land the family was buried on then became what is presently known as the Scotty Phillips Cemetery. You can dare visit the cemetery at night to experience the strange sounds and eerie feelings that many have claimed occur here, although we don't see why you'd want to.
Roaring Fork Motor Trail (Great Smokey Mountains National Park)
Roaring Fork Motor Trail - photo by cbfinn_99 (TripAdvisor) - source: autosimple.com
Roaring Fork Motor Trail is considered to be Tennessee’s most haunted road. If you're absolutely dying to get there, head into the Smoky Mountains National Park via the Cherokee Orchard Entrance (off the main street in Gatlinburg at traffic light #8) and you will see the cars-only Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail after you pass the Rainbow Falls trailhead. Drive on this 5.5-mile trail located in the Smoky Mountains for a very creepy but scenic drive filled with old cabins and mills, beautiful waterfalls and wildlife, and Lucy. Who's Lucy? She's just an alluring ghost who wanders around the park looking for help, that's all. According to legend, Lucy and the rest of her family died in a tragic cabin fire at the beginning of the 20th century. There are lots of places to pull off, but don’t wander for too long, unless you're looking to be a permanent resident there yourself.
Bragg Road aka “The Ghost Road” (Saratoga, TX)
Big Thicket Light - photo courtesy of Ken Rudine (August 2007) - source: TexasScapes.com
Considered to be the most haunted road in Texas, Bragg Road, also known as The Ghost Road can be found in Saratoga, about 38 miles northwest of Beaumont. It's said that the best time to visit the Ghost Road in Hardin County is late in the evening, just when it gets dark out. It's the time when your vision begins to fail you due to the darkness of the night and your heart begins to thump louder with fear. It's that perfect time when lack of light to see what may be beyond you begins to run your imagination wild with horrific thoughts and images.
Same stretch of road in daylight - photo courtesy of Ken Rudine (August 2007) - source: TexasScapes.com
The road was originally a right-of-way for a branch of the Santa Fe line from Bragg Station to Saratoga laid in 1901. The rails remained until 1934, but since the path was good, their removal allowed traffic access to Saratoga. The stories of mysterious lights appearing to travelers began while the rails remained, then continued after their removal. Archer Fullingim, a publisher-editor of the Kountze News who first spread the light’s fame, recognized the potential of great popularity the story could bring and publicized the light which naturally brought the curious to the area to catch a glimpse of the ghostly light.
Heber City Cemetery (Heber City, UT)
680 N 550 E, Heber City, UT 84032
Heber City Cemetery - Google Maps
No matter what time you visit this cemetery during the day or night, you might see something paranormal here. It's said that visitors see a little girl playing around the headstones in the daytime, and she disappears as they try to approach her. If you dare to visit this cemetery at night, you may hear footsteps and male laughter are among the trees.
Devil's Washbowl Road (Moretown, VT)
Pigman image from Steve Bissette (The Vermont Monster Guide) - source: sevendaysvt.com
In Moretown, there's a place locals call the Devil’s Washbowl. It's a basin-shaped terrain of streams and caves full of fallen, moss-covered rocks located on the outskirts of Northfield. If you're in to very odd folklore, this might be an interesting destination for you. This place has a legend that’s connected to a tale of a pig-human hybrid entity known as the “Pigman”. There have been reports by locals of having cats and dogs missing, never to have known what happened to them, never to have been seen again. There are also reports of people seeing a 5-and-a-half-foot tall to 6-foot-tall creature with a pig-like snout and beady eyes, a creature thought to be responsible for those animal disappearances.
If you do happen to venture to Devil's Washbowl to investigate the area for answers, and you happen to come upon the Pigman, we recommend that you remember these words given by George Bernard Shaw; "Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it."
Crawford Road (Yorktown, VA)
Crawford Road Yorktown, VA - photo courtesy of WTKR.com
This beautiful area with a unique historical architecture is also a place well-known by locals to be extremely haunted. It’s said that some go out of their way to avoid the route. Many do dare not take the road at night. One obstacle to get through is a creepy bridge. One story goes that a group of friends were driving down the road, listening to a new CD they had and having a good time reached the bridge and all of a sudden their car radio began to screech for about 10 seconds loudly. Once they passed the bridge, the noise stopped and their music kept playing along normally.
Another freakier story tells of a group of friends who were driving down the road late at night. Again, everything had been fine until they went under the bridge. While driving, they felt as though they’d run something over, so they stopped and got out of the car to investigate, only to find that nothing was there. Startled, they got back in the car and proceeded to drive off. As they tried to, the windows in the car began to fog up. Not knowing what was happening, they all of a sudden started seeing hand prints on the hood of the car making their way up their window from the outside. Great confusion and terror came upon them and they had no other alternative but to keep driving and get the heck out of there, but just as soon as they took off, they began hearing thud sounds all around the car.
First, they began hearing thud sounds at the top of the windshield, then the thuds made their way at the top of the car, then down toward the trunk. All they could rationalize was that either something had fallen on top of their car or something was trying to get in! After the thudding finally stopped, they heard a smearing sound at the back window. Whatever it was began to slide down until it fell off and hit the road. They got out and checked to see what it was, but again, nothing was there.
Video courtesy of CBS3 WTKR - WTKR.com
5 Mile Drive, Point Defiance Park (Tacoma, WA)
5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA, 98407
Point Defiance Park - photo courtesy of Rumples(TripAdvisor)
If you drive down to Tacoma and cruise around Point Defiance Park, you might be joined by the ghost of a girl who disappeared in the 1980s at the age of 12 while riding her bike at the park. There, her body was discovered some time later, and the killer was never caught. Several people have said they’ve seen a girl riding her bike alone. As they try to confront her, she vanishes when they get too close. If you think you may have the courage to confront this ghostly girl in an attempt to help her out, do so with caution and respect. You never know, she just might just reveal herself for you.
The Tunnel Green in Wheeling (Wheeling, WV)
The Tunnel Green in Wheeling - photo from Pinterest / (CC-1.0)
The Tunnel Green in Wheeling was a tunnel built by the railway back in the mid to late 1800s, right under a small Hempfield Cemetery where many bodies were never removed for the construction. Being such an old structure that’s still used today should definitely harbor a lot of history, indeed it seems to be home to of many souls that seem to haunt this location. There have been many accounts of people seeing spooky things within the tunnel, apparitions that move about, strange noises, voices and other murderous accounts have happened here.
Boy Scout Lane (Stephens Point, WI)
Boy Scout Lane - photo from Craig M. Groshek / Cgros841 (Wikipedia)
The way the story goes is that a group of Boy Scouts, back in the 50s, went for a campout in this area. They got their camp all set up and when it was time to go to bed they peacefully went to sleep in their tents amid the tall trees lining the road before their troop leader murdered them in the night. People who go down the road say that those boy scouts still haunt this area today, sometimes appearing amongst the trees covered in blood. Nowadays the land around the road is privately owned, so you’re unable to go search for the boy’s spirits, but you still may see something from the road.
Atlantic City, WY - photo by Jennie Hutchinson - source: WindRiver.org
If you’re looking for a ghost town on your haunted road trip adventure, you can do no better than the old Cowboy Country western gold mining town of Atlantic City. Established in 1868 during a gold mining boom in dangerous Indian Territory, and with a population of about 37 (2010 census), there’s plenty of history and hardly anyone around which makes it a prime location for potential haunting activity. It's said the most common haunting in Atlantic City are the ones of unexplained entities with human forms.