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The Devils Puddle, Legend Of The Blue Hole

Updated on July 18, 2012

Blue Hole - New Jersey

Blue Hole Pine Barrens, New Jersey
Blue Hole Pine Barrens, New Jersey

New Jersey has probably spawned the most well known cryptozological, paranormal oddity of the century, the Jersey Devil. The Beast, a creature not scientifically proven to exist, has terrorized the population of New Jersey for over 270 years. But in the backwoods , hiding in the remote crevices of the Pine Barrens, there awaits a less well known but equally mysterious legend, the Blue Hole.

Located deep in the Pine Barrens of Winslow Township, NJ, lies a circular, perfectly crystal clear body of water(weird, as all sources of water in the Pine Barrens are tea colored). This small but legendary pool is not only said to be bottomless but a frequent pit stop of the Jersey Devil, his personal portal to Hell, they say. Still as glass, the water looks inviting, especially on a hot summer day. Yet locals warn their children to stay away and whatever they do, don't swim in it. Tales of unexplained whirpools and mysterious drownings have long been part of the pools lore. For those who were lucky enough to get away have claimed they felt an icy hand pulling them down into the chilly depths.

The area around the pool is eerily silent. No animals can be heard and no life, no fish or vegetation, seem to exist at all inside it. The pool always maintains an icy chill, 58 degrees to be exact, depsite the high temps in the summer months. It is said it is bottomless directly in the center and the walls, or outer rim, are made of a fine sand, sometimes referred to as sugar sand, which locals liken to quicksand.

According to unconfirmed reports, several people have drowned or otherwise died in this lake for unknown reasons-there bodies found floating on the top of the water with scratch marks embedded into their legs and ankles. One victim, imparticuliar, was found with a broken neck and a gapping black hole where their eye should have been. Is this the work of the devil or an insane occultist? Who knows but its creepy that's for sure.

Suspecting this lake to be a favorite lurking place of the creature, locals used to set traps for it, and there are photographs of these in existence. As for another mysterious quality, some less reputable sources say that the bottom of the blue hole is a porthole to another realm. Witness have testified throughout the years to seeing an elusive, unknown creature, similar to the physical description of the Jersey Devil, entering and exciting the pool at night. Reports of weird sounds, eerie lights, and ghosts have been reported as well.

Fact or Fiction? I'll let you decide!


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      Jenna 3 years ago

      Oh please. I grew up in the Pine Barrens. Spent my childhood camping and canoeing, my teen years driving the sugar sand roads of the pines, sitting around bonfires all nite --- this is all BS. Like most isolated and deserted places, the pine barrens are spooky at times, but there is no jersey devil, and none of the above mentioned drownings had any paranormal causes, if they occurred at all. People are just too gullible.

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      mark 4 years ago

      if this blue hole is so scary and mysterious, maybe whoever owns the land it is on should have it investigated by paranormal researcher's or have it completely pumped and drained by the us army corps of engineers.

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      Patrick Bernauw 5 years ago from Flanders (Belgium)

      We have a Devil's Pit right here in Affligem, Flanders, where I live... and there's also a Creepy Evil Thing lurking... And I do like that other Jersey Devil too, Bruce Springsteen!

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      efeyas 5 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Thanks jmartin! I would love to get the chance to visit England one of these days. It is so rich in history!

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      jmartin1344 5 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Very interesting. Reminds me of being very young when my grandfather used to take us in the forest back in England and there were a couple spots just like that. He'd tell us all kinds of stories similar to this! Of course he was just making those up - sounds like the Blue Hole has had some history!! Nice hub!

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      efeyas 5 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Thanks Jon and thank you for sharing it!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 5 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      I'm not a believer in the supernatural specifically, however, I do believe that anything could happen. This was not only intriguing, but creepy too; well done.

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      This is too weird. No animals creeps me out simply because animals like water. They usually don't go near poisoned water holes though. I would put a video camera in a hidden place like the wildlife biologists do to see what can be captured on the camera. This water hole is too interesting for someone not to try that out.

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      Andy 5 years ago

      The blue hole that they are talking about is 100 feet in diameter very small. It is off BHP or Piney Hollow road eather way, come in from the pike and you can access it from the dirt roads. Come in from pinny hollow and there used to be a bridge crossing the river the bridge is gone so plan on swimming. This is state land and you are welcome to go explore just be out by sundown.

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      PennyCarey 5 years ago from Felton

      Kinda weird, seems interesting though I wouldn't want to swim in it lol.

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      Tony 5 years ago

      They are talking about the small blue hole, its not a lake or even a large pond which is what makes it so odd. There are larger ponds/lakes that have sand mining operation on them that are exceptionally deep that can be found in the area.

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      efeyas 6 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Jemmudoh great idea!

      Tom~ Very interesting topic but some of us New Jersey people seem to dismiss it as nothing unusual (same goes for the Jersey devil as well :()! Oh well, maybe one of these days Ghost Hunters will check it out and prove there is something paranormal going on there once and for all!

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home


      catchin up on some readin- great job i knew of the NJ Devil, heard about the Pines but never the blue hole-wish one of those ghost hunter sows would investigate.... it would be awesome to see.....

      great job E- see ya later


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      Jemmudoh 6 years ago

      I think it would be a great idea to kill the pool by pouring plenty of sulphuric acid into it and declare it a 'no go area' for good...

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      efeyas 6 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Thanks Lust maker, I will! Cool name by the way :)

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      lust maker 7 years ago

      Hey that one nice page you got there i really like it you should check out mine see if it interests you i don't know the link but you can just go to my profile page and click on my hubs and see it great job on the hub

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      sam 7 years ago

      i live right near there it may be possible that the lake is some sort of sandplant

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      efeyas 8 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA


      Very interesting that your mother swam there as I myself have actually been in that neck of the woods. Although I did not experience anything paranormal the secluded area itself was errie. It just goes to say that not everyone experiences paranormal activity just because a place is reported as being haunted. It is a legend, a collection of un-confirmed reports, that has been passed down over the generations, that's what makes it interesting!

      Thanks for your comment :)

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      Sara 8 years ago

      Blue hole was pumped for the fine sand mentioned,making it so deep and my mother swam there many times throughout her childhood without any "icy hands" pulling her.

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      efeyas 8 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA


      Glad you liked it! :)

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub! We have a similar "pond" in Georgia. Thanks for sharing!

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      efeyas 8 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Thanks! :)

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      Katie Luense 8 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Awesome Hub!