Status: State Highway; Haunted Highway; Urban Legend


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Formerly part of US Route 65 this north/south running highway goes from Pine Bluff to Conway and through some of the State’s most historical areas.

The southern end of the highway in Pine Bluff and is called Dollarway Road. This section, when it was originally opened in 1913, was the longest continuous concrete paved road in the United States.


Paranormal Activity

Reports of paranormal activity date back to the 1950’s.

This is one of the most haunted stretches of road in North America and has more phantom hitchhikers on it than any other road we’ve come across.

All of the phantom hitchhikers are woman aged 18 to 25 and are most often seen on dark nights when its raining.

It is quite possible that this stretch of road is the birthplace of the phantom hitchhiker. Not to say that all these stories are made up or just legends; there are definitely ghosts on this highway.

The original story of the phantom hitchhiker can be traced to this highway. Woman is seen on the side of the road in the pouring rain; man stops and picks her up and wraps his jacket around her to warm her up; woman disappears suddenly from the car when her destination is reached; man goes to the door of the house only to find the woman he picked up died so many years ago on that exact date; man visits cemetery and finds the woman’s grave only to find his jacket draped over her gravestone.

While this may be the core of the legend it comes from multiple encounters with the girl’s ghost on this very road.

I actually wrote a short novel called Siobhan that expands on this story. Unfortunately, it was never published and all existing copies of it have disappeared over time.

Woman have been picked up all along this road in various states from a little chilled to soaking wet – either from the rain or from their car going off a bridge – to cut and bruised from a car accident. They all give an address to a place on or near the highway and they all disappear when they get there.

In the majority of encounters with these phantom hitchhikers the address given is a house they once lived in; although, sometimes, the address given is the cemetery they’re buried in.

There are also stories of a teenage girl who will run out into the highway straight at vehicles driving on it. The drivers have almost no chance of avoiding a collusion with her which they both feel and hear. However, no sign of the girl can ever be found when they stop and look for her.

There is one last legend on this road; if you stop in a deserted section of it after dark, turn your car off and beep your horn three times a ghost motorcycle – complete with a ghost riding it – will race by you.