As the hayrides, pumpkin patches, apple orchards and other fall actives start to wrap up this time of year, you can still see some haunted places around Maryland. Throughout the state, Maryland has several historic highways that have become ghost roads.
As new roads are built some of the older ones get abandoned. Even though these roads are not traveled much anymore, some say they are haunted, and leave their visitors with an eerie feeling, giving them the title “ghost roads.”
Clara Barton Parkway near Glen Echo Park in Maryland was abandoned nearly 60 years ago. Due to not being able to get enough land to build another road connecting the bridge to the road, the National Capital Planning Commission had to abandon the plan and the Clara Barton Parkway all together.
A mile-long ghost road outside of Frederick County has span the Monocacy River since World War II. This bridge was decommissioned in 1985 after a tragic bus accident. Since then the bridge is no longer used by vehicles but seems to still be visited by occasional pedestrians as graffiti and a makeshift skate park can be found.
Governor’s Bridge has a very unfortunate history. There are several reasons for why the bridge was ultimately barricaded in 2015. The bridge failed a safety inspection where it was noted that it had significant steel corrosion. Another reason for the closure of the bridge was due to the high crime that was taking place around the river below the bridge. There are several rumored ghost stories that are also connected with the bridge which lead to people having an eerie feeling when crossing it.
Outside of Eldersburg, Maryland is a mile-long section of Old Liberty Road that connected Libertytown and Baltimore. When the North Branch Patapsco River was dammed in the early 1950s, the water levels rose so high the old road disappeared under 100 feet of water. Not only is part of the highway underwater, but a significate portion of the small mill town, Oakland Mills, is also submerged under water.
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