Three of the spookiest roads — Riverside Drive (nicknamed Annie's Road), Clinton Road, and Shades of Death Road — happen to be in New Jersey, within driving distance of New York City, where I live.With the blessing of my editor, I embarked on a haunted road trip to check out the mysterious sites for myself. My partner came along to take photos so I wouldn't have to walk through creepy streets in the middle of the woods alone.The road is nicknamed for the ghost of a woman named Annie who, as legend has it, was hit by a truck and killed on her prom night in the 1960s.A red bloodstain was also said to appear on the road until it was repaved in the early 2000s.Some believe that the spirits of the cemetery also haunt the road with unusual fog patterns and screaming sounds.I did get some strange looks from passing drivers as I walked along the gate between the road and the cemetery.I printed out driving directions in case my phone lost service, but everything seemed normal.Some have reported seeing figures emerging from clouds of fog.Denise said she'd visited Clinton Road with her niece about five years ago and warned us that it's super haunted.I'm telling you, we went on that road one night because it was Halloween, she said. It scared the s--- out of me, I swear I saw something. I literally thought I saw somebody watching us in the woods and run across the street right before our headlights hit.You know, those characters that make you yell Don't go inside! at the screen.It seems obvious that if a place is said to be haunted, you should stay away, right? But something about ghost stories continues to draw people in.The road contains the remains of an abandoned iron furnace, as well as several bridges where there have been reported ghost sightings.Some visitors have reported seeing the boy's reflection in the water. Rumors of aliens and Satanic cult activities also keep visitors on edge.The furnace was established by William Jackson in 1826 and closed in 1852. The crumbling structure is still visible from the street.The furnace was also fenced off.The bridge was near the abandoned Clinton Furnace, and it featured a surprisingly high drop into a gorge.The pentagram symbol has many historical uses and associations. Today, it's often used in modern-day practices of witches, pagans, and occultists (those who believe in supernatural beings).Visitors have reported seeing a boy's reflection in the water after throwing in coins, or hearing coins hit their car as they drove away, according to Weird New Jersey magazine.A small price to pay for the adventure.Dead man's curve is a ubiquitous name for a dangerously sharp turn. There's even a 1964 song called Dead Man's Curve by the rock duo Jan and Dean.Once again, there were no signs of paranormal activity.Fall is a great time for road trips to enjoy all of the foliage.Yes, that is the real name of the street. It was amusing to hear my GPS chirp in its peppy voice, Turn right onto Shades of Death Road.By other accounts, the road is named for malaria outbreaks that occurred in the 1850s.Country shops and well-manicured homes line the street, as well as horses and cows grazing in their enclosures.Perhaps one too many ghost hunters have been found wandering in the woods.I froze. It was straight out of a horror movie.According to the radio report, police were investigating a murder after the body of a 30-year-old woman had been found in the woods. I contacted the Warren County Sheriff's Office for more information but have not yet heard back.I do love a good ghost story.