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8 creepiest places in U.S. national parks

By: Laura Moss on Oct. 4, 2012, 7:10 p.m.
New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve

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Batona Trail, New Jersey Pinelands

Since the 1700s, there have been thousands of reported sightings of the Jersey Devil in the New Jersey Pinelands. Described as a kangaroo-like creature with the head of a dog, bat-like wings, horns and a forked tail, the animal is said to prowl through the marshes of Southern New Jersey and spook people with its hideous appearance. Residents of cities near the Pinelands have reported hearing the devil’s screams late at night. For the best chance of glimpsing the Jersey Devil, hike a section of the Batona Trail, a 49-mile route that ventures deep into the creature’s habitat.