Shades of Death Road - Real Haunted Place
Indeed, this may be one of the darkest roads in New Jersey for its stories of murders, ghosts and spirits that continue to roam the area. On the southern portion of the road dubbed Murder Highway there is a large wooded area that provides shade from the sun and it is said to provide cover from unsuspecting victims’ line of sight. Back in the day, this part of the road was a hiding place for highwaymen and bandits to pounce on those passing by and then rob and kill them in the process. One of the murders recorded is that of a local resident by the name of Bill Cummins who was gunned down and buried in a mud pile, according to Week in Weird. Other murders going back to the 1920s and ‘30s include a man who was beaten over the head with a tire iron and a woman who beheaded her husband and buried his remains on opposite sides of the street.
Locals were also said to have taken revenge on captured highwaymen by hanging them from low-hanging branches. It is believed that those who have died here have spirits that live on. The area is known for its thick fog and some have reported seeing dark apparitions that would appear and disappear.
With all the deaths surrounding this seven-mile street it is no surprise there are many reports of paranormal happenings here. One such legend involves a Native American spirit guide who appears to travelers as deer on the road; if drivers don’t slow down to avoid a collision then they will soon crash into an actual living deer. Halfway up the adjoining Lenape Lane—effectively a long unpaved driveway for a nearby farmhouse—lays an abandoned stable. Nighttime visitors to the structure have felt an unusual chill, seen abnormally high levels of fog, felt inexplicably uneasy, and even witnessed ghostly activity including apparitions and a white orb that will chase them all the way back to Shades of Death Road.
Next to the road, south of the I-80 overpass, the man-made body of water locals call Ghost Lake gives rise to vapors on chilly mornings. Visitors say that no matter what time of night they come to the lake, the sky above always looks bright as though it were still twilight. According to reporting from NY Daily News, “travelers have often seen pillars of mist rising from the surface of the lake, supposedly the ghosts of Native Americans whose bodies were thrown in the lake by early murderous settlers.” The area around the lake is also said to have brought misfortunes as it was a breeding ground for malaria-ridden insects. Many Lenape Indians who settle in the area were killed by malaria and tuberculosis, according to Lost Destinations.
Ghost sightings have also been reported near the abandoned cabin by the lake. And the small cave on the side of Ghost Lake, named the Fairy Hole, is said to have been sacred to the Native American populace.
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I am concerned and confused
As a teenager my mom and her bf took me and my sisters down this road and we stayed at a motel right across the street from Ghost lake. I remember looking at the lake from the room door. But now when I ask my family about it they have no memory of staying at a hotel but they remember going down that road. And I can't find the motel we stayed at online. Am I crazy or was it most likely just a dream I had or has anyone else experienced anything similar?Posted 3/30/21
March 14th 21
Me and my daughter went to Shades of Death Road and found the Ghost Lake. We walked down the trail and found the cave across the lake, well we wanted to go see it so we went to the other side. As we were climbing up the side of the hill there we had to stop and take a breather, it was steep so as we were standing there we heard like it was pieces of wood banging together really really loud two to three different times like someone was literally banging it together off to the left of the trail were the lake is. There is nothing there but ledge rock and it wasn't tree limbs rubbing together. We were the only two people there at that time todayPosted 3/14/21
Checked it out last week..
Stunning stretch of road during the day. Would love to see the fog at night.. Took tons of photos... Its eerie, I felt like we were being watched by someone but nothing paranormal happened....Posted 1/25/21
Not sure if haunted but awkward
I went there several times before finally witnessing something awkward. My friend and I traveled along the road then back up again before finally going towards the tower nearby that some lady jumped from after witnessing her husband cheating on her. So I hear. Well on our way up the winding road to the top of the hill a deep thick fog rolled in and came suddenly out of nowhere! We tried to keep going through it but it was just not happening since we couldn't see more than our hood. We immediately turned back. I don't know if it's always foggy up there every night but when we left the fog would dissipate then if we tried to go back it would roll back in just as thick.Posted 9/20/18
I live up that way....stop trying to scare people with u bullshit stories...it's a residential home filled road with NOTHING but stories...Posted 8/5/17
1 out of 3 found this review helpful
Not scary, very pretty
Ive been to this road and ghost lake more times than I can count. It is a very scenic with the lake and small trail.Posted 12/16/15
3 out of 3 found this review helpful