Clinton Road The Haunted Highway

Clinton Road in West Milford, Passaic County, New Jersey has scared a lot of people for decades. The road and the land around it have gained notoriety over the years as an area rife with many legends of paranormal occurrences such as sightings of ghosts, strange creatures and gatherings of witches, Satanists and the Ku Klux Klan. It is also rumored that professional killers dispose of bodies in the surrounding woods—with one recorded case of this occurring.

According to the publication Weird NJ, different areas along or near Clinton Road have been much cited as the setting of urban legends, which has devoted numerous articles to the subject.

At one of the bridges over Clinton Brook (Dead Man's Curve) near the reservoir, legend says if you toss a coin into the water a boy will toss it back. People claim they’ve also seen the boy’s reflection in the water. Other claim to have been pelted with coins.

There is a conical stone structure called the Druidic temple just east of the road south of the reservoir was said to be a site where local Druids practiced their rituals, and horrible things might come to pass for any intruder who looked too closely or came at the wrong time. The building is actually an iron smelter left over from the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 when the United States was forced into creating an economic independence to complement its political freedom.

Also there have been other ghosts described by Weird NJ readers. One claims to have seen a ghost Camaro driven by a girl who supposedly died when she crashed it in 1988.

Mysterious lights are said to have been spotted over Clinton Reservoir, glowing eyes and strange footprints have been spotted in the neighboring woods, and a menacing black pickup truck supposedly chases down other drivers late at night. For anyone brave enough to venture deeper into the forest, you might find the last remains of Cross Castle.

Some visitors to the area report also seeing people dressed weirdly at odd hours who simply stare at those who see them and do not speak. Sometimes these people disappear or are apparently not seen by those present.


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