“The shadows fall upon the road, and so the ghostly figures glow. You scream and steer with fear and fright. The spirits freeze in your headlights! You push the pedal down all the way…if only you’d known about the haunted highway! MUAHAHAHA!”
If Halloween season is your favorite time of the year, we don’t blame you! After all, what’s not to love about candy, pumpkin spice, and spine-chilling apparitions? This year, get your paranormal fix by taking a ride on the spooky side. Follow along as we recount the urban legends and eyewitness accounts behind some of the most haunted roads in America!
Archer Avenue in Justice, Illinois
Archer Avenue is unliving proof that ghosts and spirits can attach themselves to roadways! While navigating down Archer, some drivers have reported a variety of ghostly apparitions. Common sightings include a riderless carriage pulled by a group of possessed horses, phantom monks chanting in Latin, and an undead bride and groom whom death could not part.
However, no story about the haunting of Archer Avenue is complete without Resurrection Mary. Legend has it she was a Polish immigrant who died in a gruesome car wreck after a night of dancing.
Multiple witnesses report seeing a ghostly figure levitate through the chained gates of Resurrection Cemetery. Some motorists say they’ve picked up a blonde hitchhiker on Archer Avenue, only to see her vanish as they pass the graveyard’s entrance.
Chet’s Melody Lounge even pours a Bloody Mary for their neighborhood ghost each Sunday, according to Chicago Reader. The same publication details the spine-chilling story of a local man’s flirtatious dance with Resurrection Mary.
Dead Man’s Curve in Clermont County, Ohio
If this dangerous road’s nickname isn’t enough to make you reroute, keep reading. Dead Man’s Curve is officially known as Interstate Curve. The near 90-degree angle turn has a crash rate two to three times greater than the regional average, reports the Ohio Department of Transportation. Now that’s the kind of road that’ll make you wish you had comprehensive and collision coverage. Yikes.
According to Creepy Cincinatti, only days after the curved road opened, a sedan carrying six teens was hit by a car going over 100 MPH. Only one of the teenagers survived. Ever since, motorists have reported being chased down by a speeding vehicle, while other sightings include a driverless car resembling the one the teens were in. However, the creepiest apparition reported along Dead Man’s Curve is that of a faceless hitchhiker — possibly waiting for his ride to the afterlife.
The I-4 Dead Zone Between Tampa and Daytona Beach, Florida
Construction crews found an old gravesite when they first broke ground for the infamous I-4 highway in 1959, writes TripSavvy. The origin of the bodies is unconfirmed, but the most common theory is that they belonged to European settlers who died of yellow fever in 1886. The road workers allegedly paid no mind to the cadavers — removing their grave markers and dumping dirt on top of the tombs.
Around the same time as crews were breaking ground, a tropical storm, which was headed for the Gulf Coast, took an unexpected turn towards Florida’s Atlantic Coast. As reported by the Sun Sentinel, the storm became Hurricane Donna, which pummeled the Sunshine State with 13-ft surges and 150 MPH winds for 17 days. Creepily, the eye of the hurricane settled right above the former gravesite. Today, the natural disaster is remembered for its supernatural strength with the moniker “Deadly Donna.”
However, I-4’s malignant streak had just begun. In 1965, on the highway’s opening day, a semi-truck unexplainedly crashed just a few hundred yards away from the gravesite. The wreck claimed several lives. Today, motorists report seeing ghostly figures, experiencing distorted radio transmissions, and even driving through smoke-like fogs.
Nash Road near Columbus, Mississippi
Only in Your State says Nash Road is one of the South’s creepiest destinations. It is allegedly haunted by a three-legged lady. Local ghost stories say that motorists who want to see her should visit the roadway at night, turn their headlights off, and honk three times. After doing this, the ghostly lady will (supposedly) knock on the side of the car—using her three legs to race spooked drivers to the end of the road.
The backstory behind the apparition’s extra limb is murky at best. Some locals say she took it off her dead lover. Others claim she’s a grieving mother whose daughter went missing—and the only part of her that was ever recovered was (you guessed it) a disembodied leg.
No matter where she got the extra appendage, one thing’s for sure—if a three-legged ghost chases you down the road, let’s hope your car doesn’t experience any spooky malfunctions.
Get Ready For Your Haunted Road Trip
If you’re road-tripping down America’s haunted roads, make sure to pack a flashlight, jumper cables, healthy snacks, and maybe an extra pair of undergarments! And don’t let yourself get spooked by scary car insurance rates. Cast out expensive auto insurance and get a free quote online, over the phone, or at your local Direct Auto.
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