Hikers Describe The Creepiest Thing They've Come Across In The Woods

Hikers Describe The Creepiest Thing They've Come Across In The Woods
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I'm going to be perfectly honest––I'm a city boy. I'm not a huge fan of hiking or camping. I happen to be a huge fan of running water. Have you heard of it? It's great. Highly recommended.

I've also, on a more humorous note, watched far too many horror films over the years and don't particularly like idea of running off into the woods only to piss off some demon that was perfectly fine until I arrived. I also have immense respect for our friendly neighborhood serial killers and demonstrate this regularly by staying out of their territory.

Those who love the great outdoors had plenty to share after Redditor Your_Normal_Loser asked the online community, "

Hikers of Reddit, what is the weirdest or creepiest thing you've come across while hiking?"

"The only reason..."

"When we were exploring the Australian Outback as university students, my friend and I found an old, tightly wrapped plastic bag with five or six damaged wallets along shrubbery at the base of a cliff.

The only reason we opened it up was because we were so remote - hundreds of kilometres from any town or tourist attraction - that it was strange to see garbage out there. All the cards were in female names and birthdates placed them in their late teens to early 20s. Some lived in the Northern Territory but one was in Sydney and another from Queensland. At the time we figured rock climbers must have stored their valuables in the bag and then lost track of it. I'll never forget the strange look the police officer gave us when we handed them in."

manlikerealities

You see... this is why I wouldn't go mess around in the Australian Outback.

I also may or may not have watched Wolf Creek one too many times.

"A recliner..."

"A recliner on a small hill with a hole dug out in the middle and water bottles all over the place."

Fun_Wonder_4114

"A trashed campsite..."

"A trashed campsite complete with the tent cut open...

...do you report these things, or what?"

Yeteeth_thy_baby

Probably?

Or maybe not... you might want to turn back.

"The walls were completely plastered..."

"I was walking in a thick forest and came across an opening. In the center there was a shack made of lumber, with a bench built into it that was slightly leaned back.

The walls were completely plastered in porn."

Mountain_Arugula4222

Well... that's one way to get off.

"The man stopped talking..."

"I was backpacking with a few friends. A few days in the middle of nowhere, a man approached our camp as we were cooking dinner to say hi. We talked about our routes for a few minutes. Out of nowhere, he told us that he had had a vasectomy in his 30s after his 2nd child. Then somehow his wife had gotten pregnant with his 3rd child. He didn't believe this was possible, so he demanded a DNA test to see if he was actually the father. He was. Still, he explained that he had his doubts and thought that his wife must have fixed the DNA test.

My friends and I were in our 20s and had no idea why this guy was telling us this. We all just nodded and smiled.

The man stopped talking and then just walked away into the night."

dring157

"I stepped in..."

"I stepped in and fell over a cow carcass on a night hike. It was a bright moonlit night but I didn't see it in the shadows. Thankfully it was mostly dry."

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"We still have no idea..."

"I was in the woods with three friends at night. A friend's house was nearby and I was getting hungry so I went inside to find some food. Another friend came inside with me. Two friends were still outside.

Later on, one of the two who outside came in and sees the indoor friend on the couch next to me. They panic and immediately run back outside.

I poke my head out the door asking what's going on, only to hear them yell as loudly as they can, "THAT'S NOT KEVIN"

Everyone comes inside and calms down a bit, and the story comes out. They thought the friend who was indoors with me (Kevin) had been outside with them this entire time. Why? Because in the darkness of the woods they saw a silhouette about the same height walking alongside them silently, then at some point it ran away and they were chasing it thinking Kevin was running off for some reason. The reason my friend yelled, "That's not Kevin" was to stop the last outdoor friend from chasing whoever was out there deeper into the woods.

We still have no idea who that was or why they didn't even speak."

CookiesChoco

This story sent a chill running down my spine.

Who was that?!

Perhaps figuring it out would be even scarier.

"Went hiking with my dad..."

"Went hiking with my dad one day over a ridge. A girl from the group in front of us tripped and slid down one side and was just able to hold on to the tiniest branch from the only tree around. Had she slid down all the way she certainly would be dead or massively injured!"

After_Two4531

"I was trying to make my way across..."

​"I was hiking in Washington sometime in December. I was trying to make my way across a river but the bridge was out. I was walking along the shore looking for a shallow spot but couldn't find one. I saw some footprints leading down the bank, my thought was that someone was trying to do what I was doing and decided to track the prints to see if they crossed. It was not easy but I followed the prints for about a mile. As I approached what looked like a crossing I heard a loud BANG like a stick hitting a tree. I froze for a few seconds and heard no other noises. I just slowly back up keeping my eyes on the other side of the river. Could not shake the feeling that I was being watched. Got the hell out of there quick as I could."

callmeorgi

There are few feelings creepier than the feeling of being watched. It makes you feel like you've been violated in some way.

Thankfully you got out of there!

"I thought it was a magical, beautiful moment..."

"I was hiking with some friends, and I saw a cluster of butterflies on the ground. I thought it was a magical, beautiful moment until I realized they were congregating on a pool of blood. It turns out that someone had been hiking on the bluffs above earlier that day, and had fallen off and died."

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Sooo... still want to go hiking or camping? None of this changed your mind? None of it?

It was nice knowing you. I'll stick with my running water.

Have some creepy stories of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!

Have some experiences of your own? Have you also survived the hospitality industry? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments below!

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