Florida’s Spookiest Roads: Haunted Highways and Interstates
Florida is recognized for many things, but having haunted roads isn’t one of them. Traffic? Sure. Beaches? Certainly. Haunted highways? There are a few! However, there are some pretty spooky Florida highways that travelers (and ghosts) traverse daily in cars and trucks. If you know of any haunted roads in Florida, it is probably Interstate 4 (I-4), also known as the “dead zone.” Alas, there are more spooky roads in the state dating back to the 1800s or so.
Interstate 4 is one of Florida’s haunted highways, known as the Dead Zone
One of the main Florida highways leading to the happiest place on earth is considered a “dead zone.” According to Roadtrippers, back in the 1800s, the Department of Agriculture and the Florida governor decided the state needed more workers. Those folks established the Florida Land and Colonization Company.
Yellow fever quickly made its way through one of the first groups brought in to help settle the area. Welcome to Florida! After that group quickly perished, Al Hawkins and his family took over the land. The graves remained of the first group, which Hawkins and his family left alone. This area became known as the “The Field of the Dead.”
Eventually, Disney approached the farmer’s wife after he passed and wanted to use the land to build what is now known as Interstate 4, or I4. She sold the land to the company for the now haunted roads, and no thoughts were made to protect or relocate the graves. It was decided that the graves would be paved, and construction would continue.
These days, I4 is a horrific and never-ending highway full of traffic and, apparently, ghosts. The current location of the graves is somewhere around the southeastbound lanes of the St. Johns River Bridge. This area has frequent crashes, weird phenomena, and other spooky happenings. Some even report losing phone service while driving over.
Check it out on Google Maps: St. Johns River Veterans Memorial Bridge, I-4, Deltona, FL 32725
Three Florida highways lead to The Devil’s Tree.
There are three major roads and highways leading to this spooky spot. You can take I-95, the Florida Turnpike, or even U.S. Highway 1 (aka U.S. 1). Just off the highway, there is a spooky road leading to a scary tree in the area of Oak Hammock Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida. In this park in the middle of town, Westgate reports that you will find a mysterious oak tree in the back corner. You can almost drive up to the tree at the end of SW Villanova Road. Locals call this The Devil’s Tree, and it has all of the spooky Halloween vibes but has quite a dark history.
In the 1970s, some gruesome murders under the tree still haunt the area today. There have been several attempts to cut down the tree, none of which have succeeded. Folks have said to see spooky figures near the tree, and at one point, a priest even tried to perform an exorcism. This Florida highway is still known as one of the most dangerous roads in the state, without the rumored ghosts and exorcism.
Check it out on Google Maps: Oak Hammock Park, 1982 S.W. Villanova Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34953
These haunted highways lead to a haunted bridge.
Next up on the list of haunted highways is in Marianna, Florida. Just off Interstate 10 (I-10), the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail is only a half-mile long and leads right to the Bellamy Bridge over the Chipola River. Built in 1914, the Bellamy Bridge is a steel-frame bridge. Of course, one of the oldest bridges in Florida is haunted by a couple of ghosts.
Locals think the ghost is of Elizabeth Jane Bellamy, who died in the early 1830s on her wedding day. Folklore says her wedding dress caught fire during the lavish wedding, and the material burst into flames before anyone could help. She was eventually buried next to the river. Her husband-to-be, Dr. Samuel Bellamy, died by suicide a few years later. People claim to see the two haunting spirits walking along the path and the bridge. Some have even reported a woman in a long gown similar to a wedding dress.
Check it out on Google Maps: 4057 Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail, Marianna, FL 32446
These are just a few of Florida’s highways, roads, and interstates with a spooky history. Bad drivers are one thing, but highways built over gravesites are a whole different ballgame. It might be the sunshine state, but Florida has plenty of spooky history to go around.