Jersey's Haunted Highway Can Be a Spooky Trip

Cannibals, satanists, ghosts, and Pepsi instead of Coke
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2015 5:21 PM CDT
The sign at Clinton Road, purportedly one of the most haunted highways in the US. (Photo by Daniel Case)   (Wikipedia)

(Newser) – Need a bone-chilling story of a haunted highway to prepare you for Halloween? Just want to listen to someone slag off Los Angeles and gently roast New Jersey? Either way, Atlas Obscura has you covered with a very personal investigation into the Garden State's spooky Clinton Road. Legend has it cannibals, satanists, ghost boys, ghost trucks, mysterious red eyes, and unnatural snakes haunt the 10-mile stretch of highway. That's why the article's author, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, was so disappointed to find a normal highway lined with trees, houses, and a accounting firm only a few miles from a Target and Dairy Queen.

Then Brodesser-Akner met a ghost hunter who knew something about her she couldn't possibly know and who agreed to give her a tour of Clinton Road. And even if you don't believe in the paranormal, there's plenty about the infamous road to make your hair stand on end: spotty cellphone coverage, the longest traffic light in the US, a restaurant that doesn't bother to ask if Pepsi is OK instead of Coke. Shudder. For a fascinating glimpse at urban legends and the personality of New Jersey, read the full story here. (Read more New Jersey stories.)

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