Jersey Devil, New Jersey Pine Barrens
New Jersey is usually thought of as an urban state. However, a portion of the southern part of the state is covered by a forest known as the Pine Barrens or Pinelands. It is not surprising that there are legends surrounding this unusual ecosystem. The acidic soil cannot be farmed, but the area is teeming with pine trees and rare plants, including some carnivorous plant species and rare orchids. The Barrens' most famous inhabitant, however, is the so-called Jersey Devil.
The Jersey Devil is often described as a dragon-like creature with wings, the head of a horse or dog, horns and powerful kangaroo-like legs. There have been sightings throughout the years, including some by "reliable" sources such as police and other local authorities. A number of towns around the forested area have blamed the killing of animals and destruction of property on the supernatural creature. There have even been search parties sent into the Pinelands to find and kill the Devil. They were not successful in even locating the beast.
The Jersey Devil is one of several myths that are told about the area. Others include stories of a white stag and the ghost of an African-American doctor, both of which are said to aid travelers lost or hurt in the Barrens.