It doesn’t matter if you’re in the woods during the day or at night, they can be scary places. That’s probably why they’re still a popular setting for horror movies. Most of the time, a nice hike through the woods can be fun for the whole family. Until, of course, you find a rotting carcass or a collection of bones. So, put on your hiking boots and get ready. Here are 25 Creepy Things Found In The Woods.
Please note that some of these stories are quite disturbing.
A Redditor said they found a baby doll’s head with no hair sitting in the woods. It was on a short trail they take every day to get their kid from school. The baby doll’s body wasn’t there, nor was there any other garbage or trash. Just the doll’s head. The next day, when they walked down the trail, the doll’s head wasn’t there anymore.
Near Santa Cruz, a hiker named River Wolf discovered a gravestone with the name Marie Holmes on it. It turns out that it headstone had disappeared from from the graveyard where she was originally buried. The woman had been a prostitute in the town and killed herself by drinking poison in front of a saloon in 1898.
As a 12-year-old, one Redditor discovered a dead homeless man in the woods. His body was very decomposed and smelled very bad. He never told the police or his parents.
Blood and Bones
One Redditor went hiking with some college friends and as they walked, one of the girls said she felt something raining on her. When she went to wipe it away, it was blood. They looked up and saw a half eaten deer up in a tree. Another friend of theirs had been hiking in the same area and found a bone. She kept it and took it home. When her pre-med student friend saw it, she was distressed why a distal phalanx bone of a human hand was on her desk.
In Greenville, South Carolina, multiple reports of creepy clowns luring kids into the woods with cash surfaced all over the news. The reports came from the Fleetwood Manor apartment complex, with many children claiming to have seen the clowns in the woods. Police investigated but could not find any evidence of their whereabouts.
A park ranger only on the job for a month drove into a heavily wooded area and saw a dead man hanging from a tree. He said they see a suicide about once a year. He had to be near the dead hanging body for an hour because he didn’t have a ladder tall enough to cut the body down and that’s how long it took the coroner to come out.
Someone found the Latin words “Per audacia ad ignotum” drawn out in the snow with no footprints around them. The words were only a few hours old. They roughly translated the phrase to English as “Through audacity towards the unknown.”
Another park ranger found a camp set up outside the usual campsites. It was put right by a trail which is against the rules. The ranger went to check it out and found clothing, a sleeping bag, tons of food, and a teddy bear. Nothing indicated there was more than one person at the campsite.
A ranger at Yellowstone was exploring the Lamar Valley, 11-miles from the nearest road. While walking down a trail, he found a perfectly severed deer head with no blood or raggedness. Its head was uneaten and totally intact. He said he’s seen kills before, and they always look mutilated. Not this one. Even in broad daylight, it gave him chills.
One Redditor went hiking in the Ramapo Mountains with his brother and two friends. They brought a tent but decided to hike out an extra mile and stay in one of the shelters on the trail. The shelter they found was visibly dirty with broken bottles and food bags. When one of their friends went behind the shelter, they found bloody clothing and duct tape. Their fear got the best of them but a storm was rolling in so they decided to stay. In the morning, they hiked back and filed a police report.
While a Redditor and her two friends were hiking at a popular spot next to a 150-foot waterfall, they found a 22-year-old woman face down in the mud. Her legs were broken and she didn’t have a cell phone, food, or water. She was still alive. They called 911 to have her taken to the hospital. They found out later she and a friend had fallen off the waterfall. Her friend was found dead 100 yards away.
Two men went into the woods to go camping. They found a site, pitched a tent, started a fire, and drank some beers when they saw another truck drive past them. Going through the woods to see what was happening, they found a camper with 15 to 20 guys near it, some of them armed. Two men guarded the camper. At first, they were invited to have a beer but then got jumped. Fortunately, they were able to get away and run back through the dark woods even though the men raced after them, shouting that they were going to kill them. It wasn’t until afterward that they realized they had stumbled upon a meth lab.
Three people went out to an island and hiked through the brush until they reached the center. There, they found a white statue of a woman with gold nipples and rain boots laying on the ground. They also found other explicit paraphernalia and a chair with candles on it. Afraid they weren’t alone, they left quickly. Years later, one of the same people took another friend out there to see if things had changed. They had. Nothing was there anymore except a bone with a dollar bill inside. They never knew what happened.
The last thing you want to find in the woods is a dismembered appendage. But that’s exactly what one Redditor found while hiking through the woods; he found a thumb nailed to a tree.
Man and Rock
One Redditor went out exploring with their friends and came upon a quarry. They saw a guy with his back turned staring at a rock, twitching. He never turned around. Soon after, another friend was driving down the road nearby and saw a man who wouldn’t move standing in the road. They were pretty certain it was the same guy.
When some teens went camping and never came back, a Redditor helped in a search and rescue effort. While he and a friend were searching, they came across sticks carved into spears in the ground, strange carvings on trees, and a child’s stuffed animal hanging from a noose. All of it was freshly carved at least two hours prior. They thought maybe they were close to the kids when they got a call the teens had been found 20 km east of them.
One Redditor was hiking through Yellowstone above the treeline at around 10,500 feet when they found a horse’s skull. They were close to a lake, and when they climbed down to get to the lake, they found the rest of the horse’s body with negative film strips floating in the water.
A Redditor went looking for fossils along a river bed when they found a strange item under a waterfall. They found a copper mask with two hollowed out eyes and a carved mouth. Intrigued and creeped out, they took it home. A curator at the Science Museum of Minnesota examined the mask and said it was modern and likely an art project of some kind.
One person discovered a bloody backpack and a termite infested book. Inside the backpack was a mint-condition notebook and a decaying binder. When they went to tell their parents about it and returned, the backpack, book, and everything was gone. No footprints besides their own were anywhere to be seen.
This story is perhaps much more disturbing than creepy. Someone from the US Forest Service claimed they found a dog skeleton still leashed to a tree. It had a bullet wound in its skull.
For their job, a field biologist had to go out to remote locations to survey the area. In one case, they were looking at an old restoration site when they saw a shirtless man swinging a crowbar around in circles screaming, “I’ve got a crowbar! I’ve got a crowbar!” The biologist squeaked, “Nice crowbar,” and immediately ran to their truck.
While hiking through the woods, someone came upon a piece of wood with the words “In the river lies a girl, in the water swims her blood,” carved into it.
While living in a national park for three months, one Redditor heard music playing, like from an ice cream truck, in the distance. They decided to follow the noise and see where it was coming from. When they were walking, they had their eyes on the trees and didn’t notice the copperhead snake beneath them. Startled at first, they realized it was dead. When they looked down, they saw a trail full of dead copperhead snakes. They went back to their car and the music stopped.
While hiking through the woods with their brother, one Redditor thought they saw one of their friends. Running out to meet them, they instead saw a man leaning over a deer carcass, repeatedly stabbing it with an unsharpened stick. Needless to say, they got out of there quickly.
A park ranger was doing his normal patrols when he saw smoke off in the distance. It was an early Sunday morning when he pulled up to find a group of half-naked people dressed up as animals with their sexual parts exposed. They were all huddled together on the ground.