The Bridgewater Triangle
The Bridgewater Triangle refers to an area of about 200 square miles in southeastern Massachusetts. Claimed to be a site of alleged paranormal phenomena, ranging from UFOs to poltergeists and orbs, balls of fire and other spectral phenomena, various “bigfoot” sightings, giant snakes and “thunderbirds”, as well as the mutilation of cattle and other livestock.
So, why you may ask are we writing about the triangle here on CampingPLOTS? Well, mostly because we like adventure, we like camping, and we like a good ghost story. So, why not tell you where you can find all three?
Freetown State Forest, Massachusetts
Part of the Triangle area, the Freetown State Forest is where many supernatural occurences are said to take place. The legends around this forest can be traced to colonial times, when settlers purchased the land from the Wampanoag Tribe. The Native Americans believed the forest to be sacred and it served as home for a number of ancient burial mounds. As such, for many the transaction itself resulted in a curse due to the disrespect it showed for the sacred area.
Just 5 minutes from Fall River and Taunton, and 15 minutes from New Bedford, Freetown State Forest is a vast tract of public land acquired over a twenty year period beginning in the 1930’s. Near the main entrance is a day use area, with wading pool, picnic area, fields and restrooms. The remainder of the forest offers 50 miles of unpaved roads and trails. Horseback riders, dog Sledders, mountain bikers, and seasonal motorcycle and snowmobile users are welcome, as are hunters and anglers in season. Rattlesnake Brook, which meanders throughout much of the property, is stocked with brook trout each spring.
Profile Rock, a 50-foot outcropping, shows a profile of what the Wampanoags believe to be Chief Massasoit. The 5,441-acre Forest also includes the 227-acre Watuppa Reservation, which belongs to the Wampanoag Nation, and is the site of annual tribal meetings.
The Freetown State Forest earned it’s role as part of the Bridgewater Triangle due to several crimes and incidents that have taken place there.
Murders and Satanic Cult Activity
In 1978 a 15-year-old cheerleader abducted from Raynham, Massachusetts that September, was discovered tied to a tree in the state forest. In 1980, individuals reported to law enforcement that they had witnessed Satanic cult activity within the state forest. In 1987 a transient drifter mistaken for an undercover police officer was murdered in the forest, and in 2001 two men were found shot to death on Bell Rock Road, which runs through the forest connecting Assonet and Fall River. Additionally, assaults have been reported within the forest.
One famous case involved a local pimp named Carl Drew who slaughtered women as a sacrifice for his occultist leader. In an especially sadistic show, Drew ripped out a woman’s hair and fingernails before removing her head to kick around like a ball with his followers until he ended the ritual by raping her headless corpse. These dark forces continue to haunt the forest, leading visitors to feel pushed and prodded among sounds of heavy breathing and screams.
Another part of the Bridgewater Triangle is Hockomock Swamp. A vast wetland encompassing much of the northern part of southeastern Massachusetts, this 16,950-acre area is considered the largest freshwater swamp in the state.
Home to an 8,000-year-old Native American burial ground, Hockmock serves as another hub for reported paranormal activity.
The swamp remains shrouded in superstition. Called, “the place where spirits dwell” by the Wampanoag Tribe of the Native American Algonquian nation, the Wampanoag avoided the Hockomock.
Up for a night in the triangle?
If you think you’re ready for the adventure and not worried about ghosts, serial killers, bigfoot, or any of the other creepy things you may find waiting for you, here are a few places that may serve as good base-camps for the area –
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