Railroad Ditch Road, Suffolk, VA
Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive, which starts at Railroad Ditch Road, guides you through the heart of the Great Dismal Swamp. As you travel toward the lake, you can stop along the way to observe the swamp’s animal inhabitants. But be warned, as industrial expansion drained and razed much of the swamp, legend says the disruption also spawned a reptilian swamp creature who still preys on those who wander too far into the bog.
Heartbeat Bridge, Columbus County, NC
To travel through Monie Swamp via Chair Factory Road, you have to be brave enough to cross Heartbeat Bridge. Local rumors claim a masked killer patrols the bridge, looking for young lovers, though there are no official records of any murder ever happening. It’s said if you stop on the bridge at night, you’ll hear the sound of a beating heart. Is it your own heart thumping in fear, or do you hear the Heartbeat Slasher closing in on you?
Cherokee Falls Bridge, Blacksburg, SC
Just off Broad River, Cherokee Falls Bridge passes over Doolittle Creek and that’s where the legend of Booger Jim was born. According to the tale, a man known as Booger Jim went crazy and started attacking people. One victim fought back, pushing Booger Jim off the bridge where he was never seen again. If you stop on the bridge at night and call out “Booger Jim” three times, you’ll hear his ghost moaning from the swirling waters below the bridge.
Fleetwood Drive, Greenville, SC
In late 2016, the entire nation was gripped by the bizarre phenomenon of clown sightings, and it all started in Greenville, South Carolina where police received reports of clowns trying to lure children into the forest. Soon, creepy clowns were being spotted across the country as they watched, stalked, and chased poor pedestrians, leading to a number of arrests. Residents of Fleetwood Drive remain on edge that the clowns will one day return.
River Street, Savannah, GA
Savannah is reportedly one of the spookiest cities in the nation, with several haunted locations. River Street is no exception, tormented by the spirits of those killed while working the docks. People have even claimed to see individuals on the street suddenly vanish into the night mist. Others say the road is actually prowled by vampires. Might these ancient bloodsuckers be the true cause of all the deaths and disappearances over the decades?
Interstate 4, Sanford, FL
In Sanford, the interstate that connects Tampa to Daytona sits atop the remains of Saint Joseph’s Colony, an early town of Swedish immigrants. A century after the entire community perished of yellow fever, the south end of the I-4 bridge was constructed over their graves. Now, that cursed stretch of road is known as “The Dead Zone,” where electronics malfunction, cell phones lose their service, and mysterious orbs of lights appear.
Selma Highway, Prattville, AL
Passing through Bear Creek Swamp, drivers on Selma Highway have seen the shadows of small creatures, ranging from one to four feet tall, darting across the road. Those who have broken down blame these gremlins for sabotaging their engine. The road is also home to the ghost of a woman who lost her child. If you stop your car and dare to whisper “We have your baby” into the dark of night, she’ll appear, screaming bloody murder.
Nash Road, Columbus, MS
The Witch of Nash Road is only seen rarely, but she’s pretty easy to recognize as she’s also known as the Three-Legged Lady of Nash Road. There are various stories that account for her extra appendage, from a natural mutation to a satanic ritual. Others say that her mother disappeared and the leg was all that was found, so she used dark magic to attach it to herself. Whatever the case, you always want to stay out of the path of a witch.
Roaring Fork Motor Trail, Gatlinburg, TN
This scenic drive is located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but don’t let the beautiful sights of nature allow you to put your guard down. Those who pull off to take pictures will find spectral figures in the photos — ghosts of hikers who met unfortunate ends — and hear whispers of the dead. You also shouldn’t wander too far alone into the park, as those who disappear are said to have been swallowed by the mountain mist.
Coral Hill Road, Glasgow, KY
Local legend holds that a man traveling at night came across a headless horseman, leading him to flee home. Later that night, the man’s entire family was jolted awake when every door and window in the house flung wide open. They looked outside and there stood the headless horseman. He continued to haunt them each night until they finally left a lit jack-o’lantern on the porch, satisfying the horseman’s search for a new head.
Highway 1, AR
You can still see the occasional scarecrow as you travel between the farms found along 160 miles of Highway 1, but these days they’re few and far between. That may be due to local belief in the bubák, a central European legend about skeletal scarecrows known to imitate the cries of a newborn baby to lure you close. If you get within its reach, the bubák will trade places with you, binding you to the scarecrow post while it flies free.