Despite their grandeur, did you know that national parks can be scary and dangerous places? From getting lost, encountering a grizzly bear, or finding something beyond belief, the great outdoors is full of terrors. As we’ll soon discover in these true national park stories, it doesn’t take much for disaster to strike while out on a hike and enjoying nature. Some people simply go in and never come out, while others hear strange noises or find weird objects. There’s no telling what will happen when you wander into the great wood. So, get your gear ready, here are 25 True Scary National Park Stories!
One Redditor explained that as a kid they would go day hiking with their family and dog at Algonquin Park in Ontario. While at a lookout, their dog ran at full speed off the cliff and landed ten feet down on a ledge. There was no way to climb down to get the dog, so they weren’t sure what to do. Out of the blue, a man comes out of the woods with full climbing gear on, repels down to get the dog, and then leaves without saying a word. They noted that Algonquin Park isn’t know for climbing.
A few archaeologists were doing work at a survey site in British Columbia when something bizarre happened. It was out in middle of nowhere, miles away from the nearest town, and they came to a place that felt off. Suddenly, while looking at a map, they heard a loud “womp” sound. They could feel the pressure in their ears and felt their chest squeeze. After it happened again, they took off, terrified of what it could be. Ten years later, they still get the chills thinking about it.
One park let kids from school in so they can look for animals in the forests and near the streams. One day a kid found a few molars, but their teacher said it was likely deer teeth. Two days later, park officials found a corpse with a skull with all the teeth missing.
When The Saints Come Marching In
A couple went on a road trip from British Columbia to San Diego, and while in California, camped out in a tepui, or rooftop tent with their dog. They fell asleep in their tent but eventually woke up to the sound of whistling at 1 AM. The tune was “when the saints come marching in.” The whistling continued for a while, freaking them out, until it turned into chanting “when you sleep here you disrespect me, and when you disrespect me you disrespect the US Marines!” Then the person started spelling out F.L.E.E. Eventually, they high-tailed it out of there and returned the next morning to pick up things they left.
One Redditor said when they were 18, they took a road trip with some friends down to the Apalachicola National Forest near Tallahassee, Florida. While walking around the camp, they found an old white guy living out of his van with his clothes strung up, big bags of trash, and a big golden retriever. They spoke with him for ten minutes and then went on their way. Two months later, they saw the same old guy on television. Turns out the guys was Gary Michael Hilton, a serial killer. He killed a girl at the same camp site not long after they had left. They called the police and were a huge part of the investigation, even flying down to testify in court.