Real Haunted Houses

Real Haunted House

Cry Baby Woods

Muncie, Indiana

Way on back in the 1800’s a young women was running away from slave hunters. She had her young baby with her. The baby kept crying and she drowned the baby in a creek so he wouldn’t give her away. Today if you go back into the woods at night you can hear and sometimes see the little baby crying and looking for his mother.

97 comments on this haunted house. Share your story »


Leave a comment

Lightning McQueen says:

July 12, 2008, 11:27 pm

Im happy then a tornado in a trayler park

zoella Melton says:

July 16, 2008, 7:01 pm

coooooooooooool!(Love you)

sarah says:

July 24, 2008, 10:00 am

i would like directions to get to cry baby bridge (please)

Beejah says:

August 17, 2008, 12:58 am

What the story leaves out is that the woman was a mother to more than only one child. Would you or could you sacrafice one child for the safety of the others. Also, was the woman running from a slave master or perhaps something else……..Isn’t it more likely she was HIDING under the bridge rather than runing along in the splashing water. Maybe the true haunting soul is what she was trying to evade….The source that makes all of us run in fear back to the safety of our cars is logically what made her hide, frozen in fear under the bridge. A crying baby is least of our concerns…Always consider the bigger picture or in this case, the bigger ghost………


September 22, 2008, 1:55 pm

my dad always told me a story about Cry woman bridge.she drowned herself and you can still hear moans????

MIchelle says:

October 12, 2008, 4:59 pm

I have heard of this since I was a child. The creek that this was suppose to happen in, was Buck Creek in Muncie and near the Buck Creek woods, near IMI. Also there is a story about a man who was found hung from a tree, with his hands and feet tied behind his back. They ruled it a suicide.

Tiffany says:

October 22, 2008, 12:22 am

Cry baby bridge is called Woodward bridge, Near Dublin, Indiana at the intersection of Glory and Heacock road.the road to the bridge is closed off by a iron was built in the 1900’s.The bridge is now demolished and only the pilers mark the spot now.The woman didn’t kill her baby! She was driving and it was dark and raining she lost control of the car and her and the baby went into the water. The womans body was found, but the only trace of the baby was it’s blanket.No one new were the woman was from so she was buried in a pauper’s grave along with the blanket. You don’t hear the baby cyring you hear her crying, and asking where her baby is.The wreak happened in the 50’s or 60’s. She’s buried in one of the older grave yards around there.

Candi says:

October 22, 2008, 8:52 am

there are cry baby bridges everywhere…but being from anderson, i too have been to the one on main st. and yes some freaky feeling do happen…and we sped off to “safety” no crying nothing jus creepyness and then the lights also “flashing” from the other cars

Ashley S. says:

October 31, 2008, 7:32 pm

So i totally believe in all of this i live in modoc indiana right now and my mother is from el paso texas and my dad is from cambridge city indiana if you dont know much about cambridge state road 40 ( Old National Road ) runs right through it this town has been around for a long time i have heard many things about “Cry Womans Bridge” and all the stories are real close and pretty close to the ones in muncie and anderson the women wreck and lost her child and now you can hear her cryin and lookin for her baby the thing is where every one says it is in cambridge is only close you have to walk like a half mile to get to the actual old bridge there is a creek down there and its real spookie i dont know how many of you believe in stuff like this but i do and believe me you can tell that your noe the only soul or whatever you would call it back there…also if you know indiana at al you have probably heard of Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Home well its not really that anymoe but the other day me and some friends take classes out there and we went to like the thrid floor of the bulidin that used to be like the house parents apartments there are a bunch of old recods from like the early 1900s a bunch of women died in a fire up there and a lot of other weird things have happened in there and on that campus but it is also the same way you can tell that you are not the only thing present and you can tell your not very welcome there i am pretty sure the school / state trys to keep the fact that is haunted but i kinda wanna know if it aint haunted why arnt they using the rest of the floors instead of only the first floor??

Zoella Melton says:

February 20, 2009, 5:52 pm

Cry Baby Bridge -On N675E (Thomas Road) there is a bridge. It is just north of the Main Street (Hayes Family) Cemetery. A woman was to have thrown her infant off of this bridge. If you park on this bridge your car will not start back up. You also might hear the mother sobbing, or the baby crying. We took our kids to this bridge and we shut the car off and my step son and I got out. We waited a few minutes and the only thing we heard was an annoying dog barking. I turned to the boy close to me and whispered â??Letâ??s tell them we heard something, to scare themâ?. Before we could carry out this diabolical plan of mine there came from the river below and upstream a low, granular moaning. We looked at each other in surprise then we hollered for the others to come out and hear this. One rolled the window down about a sixteenth of an inch and said she could hear it, the others battened down the hatches and were not going to have any part of this. We slowly and in an organized fashion bolted for the car, which was slow to start. All in allâ?¦unless somebody has the time to wade upstream and wait for someone to come along and park on the bridge while his prank buddy sneaks under the hood of the car and messes with stuff, this phenomenon works. See also Markleville.
Hayes Family Cemetery — (Main Street Graveyard ) See also: Markleville. This is an old cemetery. Most of the headstones are dated in the early to mid 1800â??s including the founder of the township. It is said that two headstones have pentacles on them and that there is a skull embedded into one of the trees. There is reputed to be blood running from some of the markers, but my investigation found that it is red paint as there is R.I.P. written in the same color as the â??bloodâ? on another tombstone. People say that while here they hear unexplainable noises in the woods that get louder the longer they stay. I have felt a welcome breeze here that did seem to pick up as I was here. A girl that was thought to have the devil in her is buried here. Along with the paint there are other signs of vandalism and litter prompting officials to place two huge boulders over the entrance and step up patrols by the County Sheriffs. On County Road 675 (Thomas Road) about a ½ mile south of Crybaby Bridge.

Kim says:

March 12, 2009, 7:32 pm

My friends and I drove over “Cry baby bridge” today twice & visited the cemetary. None of us felt anything *weird* but actually enjoyed the quiet. Strange? But there was that one thing…

abby says:

March 15, 2009, 2:05 pm

I remember going there when I was about nine years old, my dad took me and my family there, and it is down a long lane, then you turm left., just by mississenewa river, And when you get in there you see a lot of trees and rocks that say creeoy things like, get out of here or you will be killed, of you’ll die, even I’ll shank you!

Bekah says:

July 29, 2009, 1:05 am

There’s something like this in central IN on the southside of Indy. and its cry baby bridge and there’s an old jail and school.

david says:

July 31, 2009, 11:49 am


david says:

July 31, 2009, 11:50 am


Erika says:

August 28, 2009, 8:33 pm

Wow, this is funny I found this page. For the past few years I’ve been going to ‘cry baby bridge’ in ‘podunk indiana’ A.K.A Bargersville … a town a little south of greenwood. Just goes to show that this is just a myth, after reading this I’ve seen about 6 different towns in Indy listed as where the real story happens. I guess everyone has a podunk!

localJ says:

September 7, 2009, 11:32 pm

I grew up very near cry baby bridge in Hancock county. The story actually started (supposedly) with a car crash where the parents and baby drowned but they never found the baby. The story was morphed via “legend” tales, in one variant the woman stuffed the baby in a mason jar before throwing it over the bridge.

I went there once late at night and heard “something” that I couldn’t explain and it made the hair on my arms stand up. Wasn’t able to say out loud “Cry baby, cry!” as the story I was told would prompt the crying baby. Pretty freaky, sure it’s just a story like most, but it’s certainly creepy.

There is also a cemetery down the road back in the woods, frequented by people looking for ghosts and the like. There are also visits from some that involve animal mutilation – which adds to the freaky factor. My one late night visit there I didn’t see anything strange, but I could hear footsteps “following” me. I would never go back.

One more, local to hancock county – there is a slave graveyard in the middle of some old farmer’s woods that is rumored to be haunted. The deeper into the woods you go the older the headstones get. Went there twice, the second time there were dead cats hanging in some of the trees. That was the end of visiting that one. The new land owner doesn’t take kindly on visitors in his woods – understandably so at this point.

Anyway, thought I’d share my local experiences.

Lucifer says:

October 17, 2009, 10:18 am


Chelsea says:

October 24, 2009, 7:18 pm

Many years ago i told my cousin the story of cry baby bridge. we lived in Morristown In. a mile south of Hancock county. I dont really know how I knew the story of the car crash and the drowning. in the version I told it was jan and the water was icy and the mother froze to death from hypothermia. i dont really understand how i came to tell her the story.strangley enough i was only in third grade. from an early age i always saw and felt strange things. (my belief is that they are demons) but i still think its strange that i knew of this story. I never went there and don’t plan to. i’ve experiened enough evil to last me a life time

Chelsea says:

October 24, 2009, 7:27 pm

Many years ago i told my cousin Kel the story of Cry baby Bridge. I don’t know how I stumbled on the story. TO my knowledge no one told me the story. Ironically i was in second or third grade when i told her the story of the car accident, although in my version it was Jan and they crashed because of ice on the road. The water was also icy and helped cause the death of the mother. Ever since i was little I’ve experienced many disturbing things. I don’t believe in ghosts. i did when i was younger. ( i believe that they are demons disguising themselves to confuse us) i will never go to this place. i’ve had enough evil encounters to last a lifetime.

tplough says:

October 28, 2009, 8:22 pm

i live in Anderson. i have a lot of friends who have gone to Cry Baby Bridge. if you go there at night you can hear a baby crying. some people have told me they have seen a woman in a white gown. there is also the Main Street Graveyard by it that is back in the woods, but we don’t call the woods Cry Baby Woods. you have to go on the bridge to hear or see the woman and the baby.

Matt says:

February 23, 2010, 12:54 pm

Im from Rensselaer, IN and cry baby bridge is located right off US16 between Rensselaer and Goodland. I walk around there all the time, its an awesome place to go.

david haynes says:

March 5, 2010, 6:02 pm

I went in the woods hunting last year, and i head twigs snapping, i thought it was dear, so i went toward it. it let me to the river, and i heard th kid, i ran like usain bolt tryin to get out. dont go in

renee says:

March 28, 2010, 5:30 pm

i went out to place one night with some friends. with were with a couple of two year olds (twins) THEY TOLD US THE STORY!!! the lady is walking with her baby. there is a puppy. the baby is crying. mommy is trying trying to make the baby stop crying. baby wont stop crying. the mommy is putting the baby in the water.. the baby is crying.. (at this point the kids are both crying and the little girl started barking/whining like a dog) the little boy says: “the doggie is running to the mommy. the mommy is hitting the doggie. the doggie is crying” we asked where is the baby, they point down the creek and say that way. as adults, none of us heard the baby crying, but the twins DEFINITELY did!! we were going to go back in the graveyard (down the path) but the kids started screaming and said “if daddy goes back there he wont come back” needless to say, we didnt go to the graveyard.. maybe later 🙂 *peaceout

Sarah says:

April 24, 2010, 12:52 pm

Okay, people. If it’s really a baby, then how is it truly searching for it’s mother? If it’s that small, it shouldn’t be able to walk yet. And it would seem weird if someone saw a four month old baby walking through the woods.

bradin drewes says:

June 27, 2010, 1:49 am

i think this is all wrong

bradin drewes says:

June 27, 2010, 1:54 am

If you want scary go to texes at the old train station by the tracks you will see for your self

Really says:

June 29, 2010, 9:14 am

@ Sarah – Seriously? So the fact that it’s a 4 month old baby is the part you question? In your attempt to be a buzzkill you choose to focus on the argument of it shouldn’t be able to walk yet…or still be crying years later (or still be 4 months old) – that’s the unbelievable part? If you want to play the rational person and debunk the “ghost story” I would think you could come up with more credible points.

danaee.(: says:

July 13, 2010, 5:10 pm

Welll where thee hell is it in muncie cuz i live there and i would love taa visitt!

Brittany says:

September 3, 2010, 1:28 am

The story of Cry Baby Bridge was a woman with her newborn child was on a carriage at the time the bridge had no railing on it. when they went over the bridge the feel off the side of it and into the water. from what I hear is that the woman is still looking for her child.

Casey says:

September 4, 2010, 1:27 pm

I have visited the Cry Baby Bridge in Hamilton County and the graveyard. The bridge isn’t what scared me it’s the tombstone in the graveyard that is supposedly of a girl who died during an exorcism, and I have seen video of a girl who messed with it and wrecked her moped as she was leaving the graveyard. Also there is an old church foundation somewhere in the woods that burned down killing some kids. I talked to people who have seen it and there is still the tombstones by the old church of those children. I would be careful back there. Also I went out there one night and a huge truck with overhead lights pulled in behind us blocking the way out, I couldn’t see the driver he just sat there and slowly backed out to let us leave, then followed us to Highway 38 and he turned around. I beleive this is a farmer from an adjacent property, but the place has seen a lot of vandalism over the years so I completely agree with his scare tactics.

Jeff says:

September 24, 2010, 11:26 am

everynight me and 3 other friends go out there an look for new things in the graveyard, we love paranormal activity. but last night we went out there and we was doin some recording and we had been for maybe 20 minutes, and all of a sudden it got really windy but we couldnt feel any wind at all. and then it got really quiet and all 4 of us heard what sounded like a little girl screamin, like she was bein chased, or someone was tryin to hurt her. then we all left. but when we were drivin home, i remembered that a ghost hunting team told us that back in the woods there is path and if you walk through it, you might see a little girl in a white dress just sanding at the back. we havent walked back there yet, but i wonder if it was that girl. because i really do think something went on in those woods back in the 17 or 1800s. maybe it was one of the little girls that died in the church that burnt down. im goin to be investigatin it more here in the next week. come join me, im out there every night around 12:30-1:00am. im serious, come join us, we find new things every night.

Jane says:

January 29, 2011, 7:37 pm

I live in Indiana. I was told cry baby bridge was located in southern Indiana. I had never heard of it before but heard from someone who was exposed to devil worshiping at a very young age that it was a place where satan worshipers sacrificed babies and children. Never been there….never want to go.

Stokley says:

May 25, 2011, 3:51 pm

If you look it up most places have a cry baby bridge.

lauren says:

June 10, 2011, 4:42 pm

i leve in portland indianna and i here cry baby brige is by at east jay middle school and when i go to school ever day i here a baby crying and i see hand prints on my moms car and on the schools windo and the school is very haunted and i don’ like it because when i am in a hall way by my sewlf i see a kid walking in the hall was 🙁 that was said

sadie says:

June 18, 2011, 2:23 am

i just got back from crybaby bridge in anderson on main st. i went back to the graveyard…its not scary at all…i didnt hear any noises…but the scariest part is the oldest graves in the back back of the woods i still didnt hear noises. we even stopped on crybaby bridge for uh few minutes w/ the car on and we still didnt hear anything

Kayleen says:

July 25, 2011, 3:35 pm

I used to live near this place. Isn’t it near Orangeville, IN? My friends back in high school would tell me that they went there and were scared to death. I always wanted to go. Maybe I will one day.

Sally says:

August 25, 2011, 2:14 am

I think someone needs to do some fact-checking on all these different cry-baby bridges in the area. In Indiana, there are several. Local newspaper records should support the claims of these different accidents, although certainly not the story of the slave girl, if there ever was one. Incidentally, one of the best research libraries in the country is in Ft. Wayne, IN, so this should not be hard.

Al Swearingen says:

October 5, 2011, 4:34 pm

Maybe the baby is crying because it wants revenge. Look at how Obama cries. His white mother abandoned him, he married a black orangutan witch that hates white people and as President, he is taking their money and giving it to illegal aliens and black Acorn workers that intimidate white voters.

shantel says:

December 19, 2011, 12:01 pm

Thats creepy sounding. I think im going to check it out later. has anyone been to devils hollow? its freeky. and i have an aunt who lives out by gypsie hill.

Erin says:

January 7, 2012, 9:54 am

i agree with thomas, its crybaby bridge, not in muncie, the story has tons more information that i forgot, but still.

Robin says:

February 9, 2012, 2:06 pm

Well I live in Muncie now but I did live in Winchester for eighteen years and there is a crybaby bridge there. I have been there but what I seen and heard was way diffrent then any of these stories. I heard a baby crying but I also seen the spirt of a woman looking for the baby. But what makes my story even diffrent is that you can only see and hear what I did on Halloween night and midnight. Because that was when the woman had her car wreck that killed her and the baby that she is looking for right on that bridge.

Nic says:

November 25, 2014, 8:03 pm

@Ghost Hunting Mom “It wasnt a baby it was a baby you stupid ***** get it right or dont get it at all” exactly how does that make sense either way it was a baby i think the “Ghost Hunting” “Mom” was drunk while making this comment

Nic says:

November 25, 2014, 8:04 pm

oh and ghost hunting mom was on the second page

Zumi says:

July 7, 2016, 5:02 pm

Baby eat lemon cake with me now and no crying when he is with me.

Former Hoosier says:

September 29, 2017, 3:35 pm

People!! You have got it all wrong. Look, I grew up in Anderson and surrounding areas in mad cow, and I lived in Muncie for like five years before moving out of state. The cemetery may or may not be haunted. I’ve been to main Street graveyard a bunch of times. But the crybaby bridge thing near that cemetery is made up. It’s taken from another legendary ghost story in North West Indiana, la llorona, Calumet river I believe. This particular ghost story has not only been around for generations, it has evolved and changed locations.. it’s ok. The cemetery is a little spooky,(why I liked hanging out there) and they really try to keep people out of there now due to the vandals that have damaged the place. Last time I went, in 2006 or 2007 someone had moved the boulders and changed the landscape to purposely make it harder to find. And in the summer of 1995 a security truck chased me and my lover at that time outta there we were in a rusty pinto and had the gas pedal to the floor to escape. We were just exploring the cemetery for a night time outing country cruising thing(we lived on the westside of A-Town so we thought that stuff was fun) we weren’t making out, partying or doing any kind of destructive vandalism. If you go out there, just be careful

FirstIan says:

October 7, 2017, 8:58 pm

I have noticed you don’t monetize your blog,
don’t waste your traffic, you can earn additional bucks
every month because you’ve got high quality content. If you want to know
how to make extra $$$, search for: Mrdalekjd methods for $$$

Leave a Comment

Name (required)

Email (will not be published) (required)


Please use correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. Let's try to keep this place looking classy.
Real Haunts reserves the right to remove any comment that does not adhere to this requirement or is otherwise
inappropriate. Any post containing a link will be flagged for moderation due to recent comment spam. Feel free
to include relevant links, but please know that it will delay your post.

About Real Haunts

Do you believe in the supernatural?

This is the best resource for haunted houses, spooky stories, ghostly tales and all things paranormal.


We have mountains of stories about ghosts, ghouls, and specters.


HomeStatesSubmit a Haunt


Copyright © 1998-2019

The Dumb Network LLC

Privacy Policy