Named for the now-vanished settlement of Clinton, Clinton Road in West Milford, Passaic County, New Jersey has scared the hell out of people for decades. Cut through a heavily wooded area with almost no houses, this road lets your creepy imagination run wild.
You’ll have plenty of time to muster the courage to travel north on Clinton Road as the traffic light at Route 23 & Clinton Road also holds the record for being the longest light in America. Once onto Clinton Road, get ready to be freaked out.
Behold, the cursed Druid Temple of Clinton! Ok, so Clinton Furnace isn't really a Druidic Temple, but rather an iron smelter left over from the 18th century. The temple story stuck though, and today it’s fenced off to keep all you ghost hunters from getting hurt. Still, it’s little creepy at night and reports of oddballs having ceremonies around it are not uncommon.
Near the Clinton Reservoir you’ll find a bridge and a sharp “dead man’s curve”. Legend says if you toss a coin into the water, a boy will toss it back. Totally, not at all terrifying stuff. People also claim they’ve also seen the boy’s reflection in the water. Other say that they've been pelted with coins.
Cross Castle is another haunted hotspot along the 10-mile stretch of road. Although nothing but the foundation remains today, a three-story castle-like structure once stood in these eerie woods. It was built in 1905 by Richard Cross for his wife and children to live in. When the stone walls still stood, the place was a hotbed for the Satanic and the occult... and then it burned down, and was razed. Only the stone foundation and some other structural odds and ends still stand. Our guess is it still is a popular spot for weird rituals, so maybe don’t go there after dark.
Lastly, don’t forget all the other creepy things people claim to have seen on this road. Mythical cross-bred creatures (supposedly the result of Jungle Habitat’s closing in the 1970s…), people dressed in strange outfits disappearing, and ghost vehicles chasing cars off the road… All in a lovely trip down Clinton Road.
If the little boy throwing your change back at your face or the Satan worshipers dancing around the Cross Castle haven’t scared you off yet, let the Ku Klux Klan send you on your way. Clinton Road has long been known as a hangout for the Klan ever since the German American Bund held their little hate-camps in the area.
Oh, and we can't forget the dead body a cyclist found just off the road in 1983... the corpse had apparently been frozen before it was dumped in an attempt to make investigators believe the death had happened after it actually occurred. A mafioso later confessed to the crime. So yeah, try not to think too much about finding a body during your trip. Happy travels!
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