Every small town has some sort of ghost story, weird bit of folklore or touch of the paranormal to it. Oftentimes, this grew from a simple story told far in the past into something far bigger and more elaborate in modern times, sort of like a chronological game of telephone.

For example, in the late 1800s, my hometown of Lake Orion, MI was rumored to have a huge, Loch Ness Monster-like entity living in its eponymous lake after a few locals spotted a mysterious "dragon" floating along the lake. The monster was actually launched onto the lake by a group of mischievous youths, but the story grew and grew and eventually became a firm part of the town's folklore (even the high school mascot is a dragon).

Clinton Road in New Jersey is like that, only its folklore is more grisly, its tales of the paranormal are more abnormal and its ghost stories and weird coincidences are a bit more widely reported. The strip of winding asphalt runs through West Milford, NJ, between Route 23 and the Warwick Turnpike.

Over the years, the 10-mile-long road has become associated with the state's notorious cryptid, the New Jersey Devil, ghosts that throw coins at cars, UFOs, druidic and satanic ceremonies and Ku Klux Klan and mafia activities. There have been reports of snow in July and there's been at least one truly troubling discovery – the body of a frozen mob associate. The New York Daily News took a few trips down Clinton Road, with Weird NJ Magazine at its side, just to find out what the deal really is on the lonely stretch of road.

Hop over to the NYDN and have a look at this interesting, and slightly humorous look at New Jersey's haunted road.


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      • 1 Year Ago
      I live near Clinton Rd and the only people it's scary to are those from urban areas and anyone afraid of bears. I've driven it hundreds of times and it's no different than any other country road in the area. I've hiked its woods for years and I've never seen anything other than great scenery and wildlife. But it is one hell of a fun road to drive hard. And if you have AWD and know how to use it, this is an incredibly fun and challenging rally course in the snow.
      Bob Comp
      • 8 Months Ago

      GHOST TRUCKS MY ASS! EVERYBODY KNOWS IT'S GHOST HAY WAGONS, WITH FIRE BREATHING SKELETON HORSES! DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

      Bob Comp
      • 3 Months Ago

      the "strange lights" were from your sister hunying for her panties with my flashlight after i slipped her my boner for the third time that night!

      Bob Comp
      • 8 Months Ago

      what a bunch of bullshit!

      chrishs2000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks for wasting 10 minutes of my life. What an incredibly banal and boring article.
        Lamborandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrishs2000
        you chose to waste your time
        Greyhairedpete
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrishs2000
        Thanks for wasting 10 seconds of my life with that incredibly banal and boring comment.
        Majerus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrishs2000
        It took you 10 mins to read that ? Your a special type of slow huh. ;)
      • 1 Year Ago
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      WHO
      • 1 Year Ago
      All things Clinton scare me.
        Bob Comp
        • 8 Months Ago
        @WHO

        BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

        Bob Comp
        • 8 Months Ago
        @WHO

        BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

      Devin Baker
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've driven down Clinton a few times (at night, looking for scary stuff), and its pretty forgettable. I've heard all the legends but I didn't notice anything. There is a legitimately haunted civil war cemetery close by though.
      drew
      • 1 Year Ago
      'Grisly', not 'grizzly'.
      thescientist4590
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anybody who knows Clinton Rd. well in NJ knows it's also a seriously epic road to drive during the day.
      dovegraybird
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tell it to the discovery channel.
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