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Friday, November 13, 2009

Clinton Road




What elements does a road need to be labeled genuinely creepy? Isolated area? Thick forest on both sides? A dark history? Clinton Road in West Milford, New Jersey certainly would qualify. This ten mile stretch of curves and dips makes you feel like you’re millions of miles from civilization. Clinton Road along with the reservoir and brook received its name from the settlement Clinton, once located where it crosses the brook. The KKK and Satanists have all been known to worship in places near it. The woods next to Clinton Road was also the site of serial killer dumping ground. Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski was a mob hitman who claimed to have murdered over hundreds of people but the one found near Clinton Road led to his 1986 arrest. The legends attached to the road attracts and terrifies all those who attempt to drive on it.

In 1905, a writer warned travelers to avoid the road due to reports of banditry and witchcraft. This was one of the earlier reports but certainly not the last. There are still stories of local cannibals. If you’re driving along the road and come to a fallen tree blocking your path, you must turn around immediately or you will be trapped and eaten.
photo via WeirdNJ.com

One of the well known stories is of a boy at Dead Man’s Curve. He supposedly was playing on a bridge near by and fell to his death on the jagged rocks below. They say his ghost haunts the spot. If you toss a coin over the edge of the bridge, it’ll be tossed back at you. Other ghost stories include a girl driving a ghost Camaro. She supposedly died in a fatal car crash in 1988 and if you mention of this story while driving at night, you risk triggering a manifestation. There are also reports of a phantom truck either white or red who chases people off the road. Some people claimed to have seen two park rangers who allegedly died on the job in 1939 while camping.

There are even reports of strange creatures seen on or beside the road. From hellhounds to unidentified hybrids, they are believed to be the survivors of Jungle Habitat, a nearby attraction that has been closed since 1976, who supposedly crossbred. Some claim to have seen the infamous Jersey Devil make an appearance.

These are but only a handful of eyewitness accounts and stories told about Clinton Road. Would you be brave enough to take a late night drive on this desolate byway?

17 comments:

fran said...
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fran said...

This is real - the ghost truck tailgated me relentlessly a couple of times - but on Clinton Rd in Clifton, NJ

Anonymous said...

I have travelled clinton rd a numerous times,and every time I have gotten out of the car. One time me and some friends were like 2 miles into clinton rd when we saw a red & blue car parked on the right side of the rd. We didn't think anything of it till we kept driving further and prolly about ten minutes later we saw the same red & blue car parked on the right side of the rd with 2 ppl standing beside the cars facing the woods. Its weird bc no one had passed us & we didn't see any other cars on the rd. The last time I went which was aug. 23/2010, me and my friend were standing by the bridge when we heard someone walking towards us. I shoned my flashlight to where I thought id c someone but there was no one there. We both jumped & drove home. This rd is real,but make sure you dnt go alone.

Anonymous said...

I was on Clinton road around ten pm, September 11. I'm not going to lie we were pretty stoned. About 3 or 4 miles into it and I slowed down as we approached a curve in the road. There was a car on the side of the road with its headlights on and the hood open. There was a man standing in front of the car looking at the engine as we passed, we realized the man was in a full rabbit costume as we passed him he turned and stared directly at the car. One of my friends yelled get the fuck outa here. So, i gunned it and didn't look back. I don't know what was going on, but it was too freaky for words.

Anonymous said...

My theory is the local cult members don't want people snooping around. So they are just following people around with trucks, BUT USING NIGHT VISION GOOGLES OR THEY KNOW THE TERRAIN VERY WELL, to navigate in the middle of the night without lights on ( so they can sneak up on people and ambush them). The "ghost truck" could be just some type of cult lookout guard to scare people away. Also there were some reports of a "red" or "black" truck, which probably means people were just switching out their cars for patrol, and that type of behavior just doesn't seem the way an "earthbound spirit" typically behaves.

e4f30f5e-921d-11e0-9f11-000bcdcb471e said...

This stuff is real me and my dad went on Clinton rd and and the ghost truck wad behind us I though it was a regular tuck but is wasn't I was so scared even on dead mans curve

Anonymous said...

These stories are the dumbest things ever. I live in West Milford right next to Clinton road. Throughout the day you cant go down it without seeing at least 5 cars so it is not even close to being the deserted spookey road everyone believes it is. It is just a place where kids go to drink and do drugs which is probably where most of the stories have come from. But those stories probably backfired on them because the road is now patrolled by police and watershed rangers regularly. There is nothing mysterious about it. Its just a road surrounded by woods....

Anonymous said...

clinton road - froze my computer screen..............

scir91onYouTube said...

today, october 8, 2011, a story was published about clinton road on yahoo's main page so i started reading about it. a LOT of this stuff sounds like the "bunnyman bridge" in virginia. it is quite possible that there is a pickup truck who scares people, driven by a cult member to keep outsiders out or just to keep the "legends" alive. you can bring a gun and fire at any truck that tailgates you. if you see a guy in a bunny costume and think he is a ghost, shoot him. this gun can be rubber bullets. perfectly legal enough to stun any normal being. a ghost wouldn't really do this? i live near a graveyard and i feel nothing spooky however when i walk with a girl, she hears someone calling her name from the grave and flashes of light. once at night, she saw a hand reach out for her from the grave. it was a cold night but i felt nothing. it was just annoying chilly. very strange. well, looks like it's back to taking the walk to carvel ice cream by the graveyard for me, so i can enjoy myself 4 banana splits!

Anonymous said...

bridge is out

Anonymous said...

I read the article and decided to drive it today on my way up to warwick ny for applefest. The bride is out and you get detoured back to union twp. bummer

Anonymous said...

I am a retired west milford police offer... was on the force for 30 years. I've driven this road many, many times and have had no issues at all. I also live in the area and have been on this road without a police cruiser many many times and no issues at all. There are many 'stories' out there....

-TJ

Anonymous said...

Ok first of all, they got most of the facts wrong or they didn't have all of them. There's also one where there was a young boy on one of the bridges and he was playing on it and got hit by a car. If you got too close to the railings, his ghost will supposedly push you over the edge

Anonymous said...

I was driving this road, had never heard of any stories, prob because I'm not from here. Well, it was dark, pitch black & no other traffic around. Then my car started to run rough & suddenly lost power. Pulled over & opened hood. I was alone, it was really strange quiet, everything seemed still. could barely see. After trying to check my car I stood there a minute & then I heard some sounds from in the woods, like a group I thought were hanging out but there were no vehicles anywhere. Weird. Well I walked into the woods a bit toward the faint sounds of people. Then I saw a glow like from a fire pit. Cool, maybe someone could help. I was apprehensive tho, like, who are these people, what are they doin? Plus being so dark I was stubbling & making noise w the branches etc, So I stopped a moment, then saw headlights PHEW OK I'll get help, maybe at least a flashlight from someone so I could check my car. Went to the road & this truck comes, old large, rusted brown w huge tires. Blinded by lights I walked toward truck that had pulled over, got to driver side of truck & suddenly it slammed on the gas pedal & tore outta there...weird! Well, then headlights coming the other way & it was the same truck, shit what's going on? I thought. The truck slowed as it neared me came closer to me & never stopped, sped off again. OK I'm not liking this. shut my car hood & got in to see if it would start, it didn't. Check my cell ph no svc or battery low wasn't sure which just knew it wasn't workin cuz at this point I was rushing to try to use the ph/start the car, & then again more headlights.. IT can't be that ugly truck, NO.. well it WAS, pulled up behind me about 5 feet from my car & then put on this rack of lights on the cab & had me in glaring light. Damn, he's up to no good & I'm not sure what's going to happen. I heard his truck door open(couldn't see from the lights glaring) heard footsteps coming toward me. I'm lookin for a weapon, I had my jack knife that was it. So this guy walks up behind my car, wearing a long dark jacket & a hat with a wide brim & had what looked like a billy club in his hand, he was lifting & bringing the club down into the palm of his other hand. He stood there doing that, seemed like forever then started around the passenger side of the car. Of course my doors were locked but he had that club, OMG what the heck, is this really happening? He's a psycho! He came up to front pass door still smackin that club up & down. Well I held my breath & thought this F'ng car better start & gave it a try, nope, tried again & again, finally it started.. what the heck.. all this is so not right. with the car running I slammed it into drive & pounded the gas pedal taking off. I saw that freak get into his truck w my rear view mirror. I went as fast as possible & bow my car was running ok, maybe dirt in my fuel filter I thought.. I dunno but that weirdo pulled up behind me like he was going to ram my rear end & try to drive me off the road. He got close & backed off maybe 3-4 times then suddenly he was gone! He must've taken a road I hadn't seen cuz he was GONE so suddenly. Thank God! I can't explain how/why this stuff happened just that it did & I hope I never experience something like that again. I thought I was going to be robbed & killed. But I'm still here, found this site & had to enter my experience,, yeah stay away from that area, esp alone at night. It was an awful feeling being so helpless!!

Anonymous said...

I have seen so many these types of roads in ammerican horror movies... Eg Gothika...

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Anonymous said...

Every website has the wrong story!!!! After a month of research I found the real story! It is really creepy! Gave me the goosebumps! Check it out!

http://ghostlyhollow.com/2013/01/03/clinton-road/

Anonymous said...

Creepy!!

 

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