13 Creepiest Places in New Jersey

13 Creepiest Places in New Jersey

You’ll soon discover one thing about me: I am a Jersey Girl through and through. Summers are meant to be spent at the Jersey Shore (South Seaside Park for me!), diners are a dime a dozen and should be experienced at 3AM, and the amount of history here is breathtaking. From the early days of the Revolutionary War, New Jersey has been a hotspot of activity since before the birth of the United States of America. But not all of our history is normal.

Enter Weird NJ. If you’ve never heard of this, then I pity you. A little known magazine created by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, it features unusual places and legends that encompass the entire Garden State. From haunted places to roads steeped in legend and myth, there is so much to explore that is strange and unusual in New Jersey.

Last week, I discussed the 13 Scariest Movies I’ve Ever Seen. So, for this Friday, October the 13th, I want to stick to the theme and introduce you to the 13 creepiest places in New Jersey.
(Note: Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of pictures of these places, but click the links in each item for a good scare!)

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Clinton Road 13 Creepiest Places

1. Clinton Road

Clinton Road is probably the most well-known location on this list, and for good reason. This was my first creepy road experience when I was in high school. I would love to drive down it with my friends listening to eerie music and just getting so freaked out! This road winds its way along a ten-mile stretch of heavily wooded West Milford.

There are so many stories to tell about Clinton Road. So many that who knows what’s true and what’s not. First there’s the KKK, witches, Satanic cults, etcetera. There have been sightings of these for decades in the woods along the deserted parts of the road. Then there are the ghosts, especially that of a little boy near the first small bridge on Clinton Road. Supposedly he drowned in the river there, and if you throw a coin off the bridge, the ghost will throw it back at your car.

There has also been a few deaths due to the second bridge on the road known as Dead Man’s Curve. They’ve actually had to do some serious construction on it just to make it less dangerous. This road is cursed, and its notoriety will live on forever.

See more HERE.

2. Devil’s Tower

Located in the richest town in the state, Alpine, NJ, this is a stone tower surrounded by some serious mansions, where you can probably find a celebrity or two inhabiting. It’s a strange place for this tower to be, as you can imagine.

Built in 1910 by a sugar importer named Manuel Rionda, he built it so his wife could always see the NYC skyline. She left NYC behind to marry Rionda, so he wanted her to feel more at home. Supposedly she was looking out of the tower window one day when she saw her husband with another woman. Distraught, she consequently threw herself from the tower, killing herself.

No one knows if this story is true (obviously) but it is said that if you drive in reverse around the tower three times you’ll spot her ghost in the top story window. I’ve tried it, and I wouldn’t recommend it. I still have emotional scars from the incident.

See more HERE.

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3. Devil’s Tree

What’s so ominous about a tree, you say? Well, nothing, except its lowest branch was used for lynching in the early 1900s. Sitting alone in a large field in Bernards Township, half of the tree always stands dead and lifeless (obviously the half with the lynching branch.

Story goes that the tree itself is cursed. If you disrespect it in any way, it will come back to you tenfold. My friend urinated on it once. While driving home he wrecked his car. True story, friends! Plus, there is a stone at the base of the tree that is always hot no matter the weather. They say it’s an entry point to Hell.

This tree has seen some serious damage in the past. There are so many marks from people trying to cut it down that there is now chain-link fence along its base to keep people from trying. Just the look of it always gave me the creeps!

See more HERE.

4. The Jersey Devil and the Pine Barrens

I’m guessing you’ve all heard of the Jersey Devil. Our NHL team is even named after it. It has become so much of a legend that sightings all over the tri-state area have been reported. In case you live under a rock, here’s the Cliffs Notes version:

In the 1700s, Mother Leeds was expecting her 13th child (HOW MANY KIDS???) and knew it to be unlucky. Unfortunately, when she gave birth, the baby wasn’t a baby but a creature with the head of a horse, cloven hooves, claws for hands, a forked tail and bat-like wings. It killed the midwife, flew up the chimney and has been haunting the Pine Barrens of New Jersey ever since.

Much of this story is based on some historical fact. There was a Leeds family who claimed 12 children in their will and the supposed house where they live is still standing, albeit only its foundation. Sightings have been reported since the time of the supposed birth of the devil, but no one will ever know the truth.

See more HERE.

5. 13 Bumps Road

This road is probably one of the best legends in New Jersey that I’ve heard. Traveling Johnston Drive in Watchung can be quite a treat. Circa 1800s, there were 13 witches (who may have been sisters) that went on a killing spree, murdering children in a nearby town. They were tried, convicted and sentenced to hang to death. Their bodies were subsequently buried on the road of 13 bumps. See the connection here?

These bumps can be felt by everyone traveling the road, and no matter how many times the road has been paved over, they just pop back up again unexplained. The road itself has a beautiful view as it travels up a mountain into a neighboring town, but travelers can’t quite shake the bizarre legend of those 13 witches.

See more HERE.

6. Shades of Death Road

What kind of person names a road “Shades of Death”? This road was destined to be weird no matter the circumstances. Traveling seven miles through rural Warren county, it can get pretty creepy at night. There isn’t much out there, just corn fields and a few houses and some woods. Supposedly local authorities grease the street sign poles so that no one will be able to steal the signs.

Numerous rumors give Shades of Death its name. One states that there were brutal murders along the road and that Polaroids of the victims were scattered all over Shades of Death Road. Another one is that there was a mysterious plague that wiped out the entire population of the road. There’s even a Ghost Lake, named for the unnatural fog that always surrounds it, giving off the appearance of ghosts. No matter how it got its name, this road definitely deserves it.

See more HERE.

7. Paulinskill Viaduct

Located in Hainesburg, this is a concrete railroad bridge. According to Wikipedia, “When completed in 1910, it was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world.” How cool, right? Except now, it’s never used and is completely abandoned. It looms over 100 feet above Route 80 and serves no purpose.

There is a way inside this trestle, although most of the doorways have been cemented over to prevent such occurrences. Supposedly inside, there are ghosts that wander the structure, most of them men who died while building the structure itself. There is always a feeling of being watched while walking through the passageways, and when bungee jumping off of it was legal, ropes sometimes mysteriously broke and people fell into the river below.

See more HERE.

8. The Gates of Hell

It’s true. The Gates of Hell are in New Jersey. Or so they say. Located in Clifton, this stone tunnel leads to underground passageways and storm drains. Inside, the walls are covered with Satanic graffiti, where supposedly Satanists practiced rituals and human sacrifices. Only the bravest of the brave chose to enter these gates and venture into the seven levels that led to the Devil himself.

There’s no water running from the tunnel, which is considered odd by most people. You can hear strange sounds throughout the area, especially once you enter the tunnel itself. Demon dogs guard the gates, and red eyes have been seen in the darkness within. I have been to the entrance itself, but was so terrified by the eerie sounds that we immediately fled the vicinity. I guess I’m not as brave as I thought.

See more HERE.

9. Jungle Habitat

Now abandoned, Jungle Habitat was once a haven for so many animals located in West Milford. From zebras to ostriches, most of these animals literally roamed FREE THROUGHOUT THE PARK! Meaning not in cages. Normally, this doesn’t sound too bad, right? Except some of these animals were SIBERIAN TIGERS! And LIONS! I mean, what were these people thinking??

There were so many incidents, such as a lion attack and an elephant biting a woman, that the park opened in 1972 and closed in 1976. It was actually owned by Warner Brothers, and they had hoped to expand the park during its tenure. These dangerous incidents obviously got in their way.

People who live in the area say that some of these animals were never accounted for. Zebras and other unusual animals were seen roaming the woods of West Milford for years. Many of the buildings are still standing and are open to the public as a scenic walking trail.

See more HERE.

10. Satanic Church

This isn’t a top place in the realms of Weird NJ, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. This was my first adventure into the world of Weird NJ. Before that fateful night, these were all just stories I’d heard from friends.

Located in Rockaway, the main reason it’s called the Satanic Church was because it used to sit on County Road 666. The other reason it’s called the Satanic Church is because, well, it’s creepy, rundown and abandoned. What else would you call it? There isn’t much else to this church besides these two facts. No legends, no known history that I can find. It’s just a weird place.

See more HERE.

11. Town of Wallpack Center

This town is crazy. My friends and I literally stumbled across it while randomly driving around the area, and in the darkness, it is incredibly sinister. It only consists of a few buildings, like a school, post office and some houses. But no one lives there. It has absolutely no population. While driving through, we noticed a lone child’s shoe sitting in the middle of the road, and proceeded to wonder who or what left this shoe behind.

During the day, it’s quite beautiful. The houses all date back to the 19th century, and the whole town is a historic site. But why does no one live there? What is its purpose? These are all questions I’ve asked myself, but simply can’t find the answers to.

See more HERE.

Lambertville 13 Creepiest Places

12. Lambertville High School

Located in the picturesque town of Lambertville, right across the Delaware from Pennsylvania, this town boasted a high school from the mid 1800s until 1955, when the Lambertville High became too small and outdated for its students. Since then, it has sat abandoned on the top of a hill, where many teens went to party and vandal the place. In the 80s, there was a serious fire that left the place completely gutted and unstable. But that didn’t keep the kids away.

Intricate drawings grace chalkboards throughout the abandoned school. A ghost known as “Buckeye” haunts the football field, where anyone brave enough challenges him to a race. Supposedly Buckeye (or Billy, depending on the story you’ve heard) broke his neck during a football game and will forever be stuck playing football on that field.

See more HERE.

13. Gravity Hill Road

What is Gravity Hill Road, you say? Well, it isn’t the actual name of the road if that’s what you’re thinking. For safety purposes, I won’t be listing that. Just know that it has a LOT to do with defying gravity (cue Elphaba!)

I’ve tried this before and it really does work for reasons no one can explain. You reach a certain stop sign on the decline of a hill, put the car in neutral, and gasp in horror as your car rolls backwards. Uphill. I kid you not. For added effect, you can sprinkle baby powder on the hood of your car and find ghostly handprints on it after the event. That I refuse to try. I don’t think I could handle it!

See more HERE.

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So there you have it! Some of the most well-known haunts of the Garden State. I have experienced all of these places and can say for myself that, even if nothing spooky happens, I couldn’t help but be completely freaked out by these sites. Just knowing of these legends and myths makes my skin crawl as I travel through them. If you’re ever in the Garden State, be sure to check some of them out. Just know the risks involved. You know, police, trespassing violations, ghosts, demons, even the Devil himself. Happy Friday the 13th!!