Jersey Devil…or Bigfoot?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on October 28th, 2005

Tales from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey of the Jersey Devil sometimes describe a creature like Bigfoot. In yesterday’s Observer-Tribune, there was an article about the Great Swamp Devil. The Great Swamp is only 26 miles west of Times Square. The descriptions of the Great Swamp Devil run the gamut, "…from a tall hairy man to a winged beast. From what I’ve read, it has glowing liquid red eyes and it’s been reported as stalking visitors to Great Swamp for a 100 years.”

Could the Great Swamp Devil be one and the same as the Jersey Devil?

There have been Bigfoot sightings from the Great Swamp as well.

"Years later, a plan to build an airport by the Port Authority in the late 1950’s was squashed by local activists and was named a national wildlife refuge. Bigfoot did not squash the refuge, though. Ghering said there was a sighting in the 1970’s."

Something to think about this Halloween weekend…


About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

5 Responses to “Jersey Devil…or Bigfoot?”

  1. bill green responds:

    hi craig this is a definetly a very interesting article thanks bill

  2. The Big Footowski responds:

    Jersey Bigfoot whacks the New York Bigfoot.

    “Ay.. leave the plasta cast and take the canolis.”

    Snappa head.


  3. Melissa responds:

    Im am new to all this.. But I am starting to notice, with different areas of the country, come different names, which do not make this search any easier. How does one seperate the legend from what could possibly be a real animal? Especially when names like “Devil” exist.

    Interesting 🙂 The mystery continues

  4. tirademan responds:

    Craig, there is a great thread regarding the Jersey Devil at Bigfoot forums. I think that SgtFang has REALLY hit the nail on the head with this one (you can read his post at the thread, but the bat picture is missing) He had found an African(?) bat that looks EXACTLY like the 1909 drawings made of the Jersey Devil from eyewitness accounts. His theory is that they somehow stowed away and escaped. That might help explain the “horse shoe like” tracks in the snow too.

    BUT, I don’t think that means there aren’t Sasquatch sightings there too! I personally think that is what causes the confusion between the two!

    You can find it on Bigfoot Forums here.


  5. ajcris13 responds:

    I am very familiar with the area where the Great Swamp Devil is believed to reside, in particular the Lord Stirling Park section of the Great Swamp. I have walked through this area for about two years. I take trails that venture me deep into the woods. I had never seen or heard anything out of the ordinary. I would especially enjoy these walks when the park was empty so I could enjoy the natural quiet of my surroundings. In early September of this year I took my usual walk in the park at about 3:00 PM in the afternoon. It was a week day so the park was pretty much empty. About a quarter of the way on my journey I heard a loud distant growl. I took me by surprise; I had never heard such a sound. It was in the distance but not very far away and sounded as if was from a large animal. The growl sounded like a warning as to imply that my presence in the park was not appreciated. I saw nothing out of the ordinary and only heard the sound once. Needless to say I took a quick but dignified exit from the park. I asked the park’s wildlife experts what the growl could have been. They were at a loss for an explanation. They stated that bears have been seen in the area but they are usually seen in the spring (in this section of New Jersey). It might have been a coyote, but I explained that the growl appeared to be from a larger animal. I have not heard the sound since nor seen anything out of the ordinary. However, I am happier now when the park is more active with other people.

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