Halloween will be here before you know it. Did you know one of the spookiest forests in all of America is located right in our own backyard! There is something truly creepy about a forest. I never feel totally comfortable whenever I have to walk through one. I feel like I'm always looking over my shoulder.

Welcome to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. According to Wikipedia, the Pine Barrens is a heavily forested area that encompasses more than seven counties in New Jersey. The Pine Barrens gets its name from the sandy and acidic soil.

Of course, this so-called "haunted" forest is also home to one of the state's most iconic and infamous residents who goes by the name of The Jersey Devil. Eesh, I get goosebumps just hearing that name!

According to Pinelands Preservation Alliance, the Jersey Devil had been haunting the Pinelands for over 250 years. The creature is described as kangaroo-like who has the head of a dog, the face of a horse, and wings shaped like a bat.

People have actually sighted the JD while driving on the Parkway or Expressway. I would prefer to never, ever run into the so-called mystical Jersey legend.

Hold on; there's more spookiness! According to Weird NJ, there are mysterious graves throughout the woods and deserted villages. The Atco Ghost is also known to roam the roads.

The ghost takes the shape of a young boy. The boy was actually killed while chasing after his basketball on the road toward the end of the Pine Barrens.

Do you have any spooky or strange stories about the Pine Barrens to share with us?

Sources: Wikipedia, Pinelandsalliance.org, Weirdnj.com

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