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Face To Face With The Jersey Devil

Updated on August 11, 2013

New Jersey Legend

Everyone I'm sure has heard of the Jersey Devil at least once in their life, but can anyone say that they have seen this creature face to face?

Everyone that reads this hub will probably think I have lost it or that I am nuts and I don't blame you one bit. The truth of the matter is that I have been face to face with the Jersey Devil.

Some History Of The Jersey Devil

Many of people has witnessed the site of the Jersey Devil and have reported it to the authorities for documentation.

Born deep in the forest of the Jersey Pine Barrens by "Mother Leeds" back in the early 1700's the Jersey Devil got it's name.

Mother Leeds gave birth to her 13th child and kept the child locked in the basement of the home in which they lived in the pines. She threw food down to the child and kept him locked up and to never let him out, until one stormy night this creature escaped from the home and fled deep into the forest.

Many claim that Mother Leeds invoked the devil while giving birth to her 13th child.

They claim that Mother Leeds, was a supposed witch, although there are many variations on this.

Throughout the 1800's many livestock were found killed, strange looking tracks, and odd sounds reported throughout the pine barrens and Batsto, New Jersey.

My Story

Back in my younger years my family owned a home on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. In order to get to the Island you needed to go through the New Jersey Pine Barrens. There are 1000's upon thousands of acres of pines, and many say that this is the birth place and the home of the Jersey Devil.

I had heard of this creature lurking in the woods all through my school years, but never thought a thing about it. I thought, as many do, that it is nothing but a myth of some sort, a fairy tail if you will.

I lived on the Island ever summer and met many new friends throughout the years there. These friends would always talk about the Jersey Devil and just how close the island was to the Jersey Pines.

As everyone started to get their drivers licenses we decided one day to take a trip into the Jersey Pines. We arrived and realized that there were many dirt roads to enter into these pines. Most of us had cars and that was not the vehicle to go deep into this wilderness, so we headed back to the island.

We had heard about a lake deep into the forest which was called "Hidden Lakes" to many. This warm spring filled lake was about 3 mile into the pines. All dirt roads, hills, trees to navigate around and such a challenge to get into.

We had a friend that owned a 4x4 pickup truck and called upon him to help us get through the this terrain and get us to the lake. After some time navigating through the pines we then reach the lake.

There were many different campsites set up all around the lake when we arrived. These sites were all occupied by different towns in a 50 mile or so radius from the pines. Everyone took care of their own site, and that was their site only.

We found a nice area that we would claim for ourselves and started to clean up the twigs and brush to make a great little campsite of our own.

These campsites sat high above the lake and was such a beautiful site looking down into the greenish blue water. We had the Tarzan swing and all the neat things young people needed to have fun, including that beer keg and our campfire as well.

We got everything setup the way we wanted it, and after the weekend was over we headed back to the Island waiting on the next weekend trip to come.

The following weekend came and everyone that was staying in our camp stocked up on food, our grill to cook on and oh yes, our keg of beer. This beer will be well deserved after what we witnessed the next trip to the pines.

Face to Face With The Jersey Devil

We left the Island on route to our campsite in the pines excited about another fun weekend for all of us. We turned off the main road and headed down a 3 mile road of many different turns. For some reason we got lost and must of turned onto the wrong road. Trying to figure out were we went wrong we stopped the truck to get our bearings and try to turn around on this so narrow road or should I say path. The roads were only as wide as our truck with no room at all to turn around. The only thing we could really do is to back up to were we must of took the wrong turn.

As we sat staring down the long narrow dirt road with thick woods on both side of us, a creature appeared before our very eyes. It came out of the woods form the right hand side and stood exactly in the center of this dirt road.

This creature appeared to be about 7 foot tall with webbed wings spread out from it's sides as to say STOP right there. The color of the body was entirely red and some type of horns out of the top of the head. The webbed wings stretched across the entire roadway.

As fast as it came out of the woods, stopped in front of us, for I would say, 5 to 10 seconds stared and ran off to the left back into the woods and was never seen again , at least by us. In our truck were two other people plus myself and we all saw the same thing at the same time.

It was The Jersey Devil. The three of us just looked at each other and said what in the hell was that? We figured out real fast how to back that truck up in high speed to get the heck out of there.

We finally got to our campsite and poured the first of many beers for the evening and the rest of the weekend as well. We had our camp fire story to tell not only to the people in our campsite, but everyone that camped around the lake.

Of course, everyone said we must have had too much to drink, but I assure you we had not one drop of beer or booze that day, until we finally arrived at our campsite.

So, no matter what any of my family or friends say, the three of us saw the same thing at the same time and witness something that is only in stories, but I can assure you that The Jersey Devil Does Exist !!!

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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Jodah - Thanks for reading and your comment. yes JD does exist in New Jersey.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      O my....I have not heard of this creature. But I will definitely not come looking for it.

      We have lots of tales about Big Foot and all so who knows?

      Do not know what you saw but am glad that it did not result in danger to you all.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Daisy, it is spooky and very very dark out there . When we went to hidden lakes in the pines it was surely spooky. Even Police over the years have seen JD and reported it.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      3 years ago from Planet Earth

      Yikes - no, I have not heard of the Jersey Devil! I used to love spooky stories as a kid (we all loved to scare ourselves silly), but as an adult, I am aware there's sometimes some truth in a few things, so I am even more 'scared' when I hear them.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I hadn't heard of the Jersey Devil until now Mark, but your experience sounds pretty freaky. I am convinced there are still many things in this world undiscovered an unexplained so this coulld be one of them. Very interesting, voted up.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      What an interesting anecdote! I lived in New Jersey through my college years. I grew up hearing about the Jersey Devil and the Pine Barrens, and the Jackson Whites and Mahwah.

      I can only recall being in the Pine Barrens area once, many years ago. My recollection is that is was a very creepy place.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      AlanNJ201 Hi Allen and thank you for reading and your comment. yes some scary stuff and so many people including Police have seen JD over the years.

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      3 years ago

      Sorry for all those type-os by the way lol...I heard another story from my friend I work with where he heard something on his roof ,when he went up to investigate he found hoove like tracks in the snow on his roof over 25 feet up freaked him out to say the least

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      4 years ago

      I'm sure it was the Jersey Devil that you guys came face to face with especially if you had already heard about it. creepy, just to say the least. Interesting story.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Alannj201 I am so sorry for taken this long to reply to your comment and I truly believe every word you have said. JD is real. you saw him, I saw him and so many other as well including Police . It is unreal and to know JD is lurking in our pines in NJ is something else.

      Thank you for your story and reading mine as well.

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      4 years ago

      Im a jersey native 90% of my life of 27 years and i definitely saw something I can't explain about 4 years ago ...I was driving from Bayonne to Atlantic City about 2 hour drive mostly on the parkway I'm not entirely sure what exit i was at but I'm guessing it was between 70 and 60 on the gap ..I was in a 2008 vw rabbit new car at the time with my high beams on and was in the right lane.there was a car in the left lane (only two lanes of traffic) about a car length or few behind me ...I saw an animal that I thought was a deer in the distance it was off to the right of the road. it was behind one of the small metal guardrails that run alongside the road. I was doing probably 65 mph. The reason I though it was a dear was because it was in a bowing type of position like a dear grazing. As i was about to drive past it i noticed it was startled probably from the cars driving up to it .and this thing stood up on its back two feet looked at the cars ..Once i saw it's face reminded me of an awkward deformed horse head honestly ..not mutated just ..very blocky large Horsehead .it jumped up on the guardrail and no bull jumped clear across the road literally right over the hood of my car by the headlights..I slammed on the breaks as soon as I saw it jump up on the guardrail because I was obviously afraid of hitting it .mam I was in a disbelief state of mind the car next to me slammed on its brakes as well although I never tried to communicate with them I went from 65 to about 30 and the guy next to me high tailed after that.....I'll never doubt the existence ever again of the jersey devil....I admit I didn't see any wings however I did see the body. I tried to convince myself it was a kangaroo ...I know sounds ridiculous but I just don't know how else to describe it kangaroo body small front arms crazy blocky head and jumped across a 2 lane highway the eyes Def did glow in my headlights I remember...that black and white photo I was under the impression was extremely fake .However that's the only picture I have ever seen that has remotely come close to what I saw .feel free to contact me for a polygraph test if you don't believe me .I'm from Bayonne nj and have no problems backing up my story .....bow I did have a passenger in my front seat but he was sleeping and woke up right after I slammed on the brakes. .and i completely missed my exit and drove dawn near to Philadelphia by the time I realized ..and drive I had taken over a dozen times by I was just simply in shock

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Just Ask Susan- Thanks Susan for the comment. Yes when we arrived at the campsite we told the story to all that would listen. Some believed and some didn't, but I know and the guy with me know what was real and what we had seen. Now I live not far from the place I met up with JD. I told my wife I would take her out into the pines and she said no thank you LOL.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was going to say this would make a great campfire story. It would but to actually have been there YIKES!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      AudraLeigh- That was real and if you think you were freaked out you should have been there and seen in person.!!!

      Thanks for reading my friend :)

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      5 years ago

      That freaked me out!!! Great story; real or not!!!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      MysterySearcher, Thanks so much for your comment and I wish you all the luck in your report. many people don't believein JD and furthermore don't believe me or my friend. I (we) know what we had seen and that is all that matters to me . I am a believer for sure.Sorry it took so long to reply.

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      7 years ago

      i'm doing a report on the jersey devil and even though this didn't help me it was still realy interesting in fact my 4 favoite cryptids are; #4 Lockness Monster, #3 Bigfoot, #2 Chupacabra, and #1 Jersey Devil! :D

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ angel. Do you know what? I never thought about having no woods left to hide. We are destroying everything that is so natural in life. Before we know it the whole world will be Concrete and asphalt. Of course not in out life but someday for sure. As long as we believe what we saw that is all that matters right?

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      Angel Ward 

      8 years ago from Galveston, TX

      WOW great hub! I have seen a 7 footer too, but hairy and strange.... big foot? werewolf? idk but no one believes me either, every one thinks we were smoking something... but we were sober!!! Me and two friends in my comaro on an old black top country road saw this monster limping and an eye galged out...we spun that car around so fast....LOL the unbelievable is real, but people hide behind their technology, prius, cell phones, and shopping malls, these creatures are out there and eventually will have no woods to hide in...then what...AHHH!! LOL

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ ralwas, I know, it is hard to comvience someone of such a thing. They have to see it for themselves in order to believe. I know what we all saw and that is all I need.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ saleheen Yeah I lucked out on that one for sure. We backed that truck up so fast there was no time for JD to catch us.

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      8 years ago

      I hate it when my tales are not believed too. I would have gone back with hounds and guns and a crucifix, holy water, the name of Allah, Buddah, kung-fu, and Bruce Lee. Rambo would be nice too. Spooky stuff here.

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      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi Thecleanlife: If you check my hub, "Is The Paranormal A Figment of The Imagination?", you will see why I am open minded. This planet is mysterious, and while there are fables, there are also authentic experiences shared by respected citizens. Thanks for writing about this, takes courage! :)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ VioletSun. Yes it was I think the most terrifying experience for us and worst is, that no one believes us. When you think about how in the world could I convince someone about that unless they witnessed it with us.

      Thank you for commenting!

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      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I just recently saw something, but quickly on TV about the Jersey Devil and was wondering what it was about, and here you are writing about your experience. I believe you because I have had encounters, thankfully not with devils, but of the paronarmal kind. Yikes, so he does exist. Thankfully no harm came to you guys!

      Enjoyed reading this story!


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