Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Downs Road


Downs Road, located between the towns of Hamden and Bethany, Connecticut. What once was a complete route from one town to another is now an abandoned dirt road with gates blocking the entrance and exit. The remnants of foundations and rock walls are all evidence that remain of this road’s past.
We have experienced this road in both the afternoon and night. The afternoon makes for a great scenic drive through the woods with a peaceful hike thereafter. The night...well that is a different story. When we arrived on site after a long and quit spooky drive through the woods we were greeted by a long dark dirt road (Downs Road). While walking the entire stretch we heard on multiple occasions what appeared to be screaming in the distance, as well as figures appearing ahead of us on the trail. It made for one scary night. So if you are up for a good scenic drive and day hike Downs Road in the afternoon is the place for you. If you are the more adventurous thrill seeking type, the night time is what it is all about.







18 comments:

  1. can you give a better idea of where this is? Only downs road I see on bing is paved & still active. if you can, email me

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    1. Shoot me an Email, ill be happy to give you a map

      Mike P.
      AbandonedCT@yahoo.com

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  2. i know where this is. but is it private property? or do people use it as a walking trail? im looking to go here this weekend and need to know if i need town permission or owner permission to enter this property.

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    1. Property is owned by Southern CT Gas Company or Regional water athority... Can't remeber which one. You need to park at the end off the dead end road and walk in. They do not mind people on the property

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  3. I currently live in Hamden and can't seem to find this road. If anyone knows the exact direction/location and wouldn't mind emailing it to me, that would be awesome! Thank You!

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    1. You're not missing anything. One town over, Cheshire, is where a lot of eerie things happen but the residents keep it hushed up. For example, 4 descendants of those executed at the Salem Witch Trials reside there. Hillside Cemetery is a hoot.

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    1. On the Bethany/ Hamden town line. Searchable on google maps

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    2. right by broken arrow nursery

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  5. It's not haunted. I've walked down there at night several times without any issues. Huge disappointment.

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    1. That's a super cool story bro tell it again

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  6. Downs rd is named after the Downs family that settled the area. also owned a construction Co Frank Downs trucking & Const. in Bethany I believe the farm across from this road is their farm

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  7. used to go parking up there

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  8. There's another abandoned road right next to it, between Brooks Rd. and Baldwin Dr. (which is itself abandoned).

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  9. Went up there one night about 6 months ago and saw 2 black shapes, one small maybe the size of a small dog and the other was significantly larger, the large one moved towards us so we booked it, could have been bears but not sure #spooky

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  10. Went up there one night about 6 months ago and saw 2 black shapes, one small maybe the size of a small dog and the other was significantly larger, the large one moved towards us so we booked it, could have been bears but not sure #spooky

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  11. A bunch of people were shot and killed up there in the 70's while making out on a date

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  12. I lived on Gaylord mountain rd near the stop sign by downs road. I knew downs road before ALL the houses that are around it were built. I've hiked there, sold cookies to the neighbors, ridden my bike there and NEVER EVER heard of this road being Haunted. EVER. Sorry to disappoint you ask but as a believer in the supernatural, I'd have to say this would be a huge waste of your time. My parents have lived there since 1970. My grandparents since 1940. They NEVER hear of a murder on that road either.

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