10 Weirdest and Creepiest Things Hikers Have Discovered on Their Adventures
All kinds of creepy things happen in the woods. You may encounter something weird, terrifying, or downright inexplicable. Recently, a hiker asked fellow hikers what the weirdest and creepiest things they’ve ever discovered were. Here are some of their responses.
1. Missing Wallets
One user traversed the Australian outback with a friend. At the bottom of a cliff, they found a plastic bag filled with five or six wallets containing cards with women’s names—aged between teens and early 20s—from different areas of Australia. Other commenters posit that the wallets could be the stash of a serial killer or missing persons.
2. Avoid the Clink
A simple sentence can be both cryptic and informative. One hiker discovered a note written in French. After translating it, the line cautioned “Marcel” to remain silent, or the unknown party faced incarceration for twenty years.
3. Doppleganger or Skinwalker
One individual was in the woods with three friends when they and another detoured to a nearby friend’s home for food while two remained outside. Later, another friend entered, looked at the friend beside the user, and immediately raced out, screaming, “that’s not Kevin.”
After everyone gets inside, the pair explain that someone Kevin’s height walked beside them in the darkness, then suddenly ran away. Worried, they gave chase.
The friend yelled to warn their last pal not to continue searching. Several users shared similar chilling stories, and one mentioned tales of skinwalkers luring people away from campfires.
4. Collective Animal Remains
A hiker discussed the “tar pits” deep in rural Ohio. The pits are so deep and akin to quicksand that a person needs “hooking chains” attached to an excavator arm or bulldozer to get out if they get stuck.
After a particularly bad drought in the summer, the tar pits dried up, and what remained at the bottom were the skeletal remains of various animals.
One person’s “terrifying” story is about when their boyfriend was out in the woods with a friend, and they discovered a cage with a mattress inside it. They reported it to the police, who asked if they heard any screaming because others heard screams in the area.
6. Unnatural Silence
Some shared accounts about sudden silence while hiking through the woods. A silence that no sound, be it animals or birds, permeates. A couple assumed the likely cause was a big cat stalking the hikers, but there was no way to be sure because none of them found the source. What you don’t know can haunt you.
7. Homemade Toilet
One commenter discovered a recliner on a hill. Upon closer inspection, the seat had a hole dug out with a collection of water bottles scattered about like a port-a-potty.
Someone jokingly replied, “those were the days.”
8. Save Your Soul
As a few people posted, time and location do not matter when it comes to saving souls. Religious recruiters apparently frequent hiking trails, eagerly searching to convert despite it catching nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts off guard.
9. A Canine Savior
A person veered off a trail to a watchtower, but they misread the map, so a five-mile trip turned into ten miles. After leaving the tower and out of water in the August heat, they fell asleep on a boulder. Waking up as the sun set, they struggled in their dehydrated state to find the trail when a dog appeared.
After petting it, the dog walked off, and the person followed, assuming the dog was going to their owner. After a while, the hiker steps onto the trail at the spot they veered off to the watchtower.
The dog looks at them, heads into the woods, and quickly disappears. The hiker is unsure if the dog was real, but several believe a guardian angel in the form of a dog came to the rescue.
10. A Deadly Den
One commenter discovered a 17th-century mausoleum in the middle of the woods. Unfortunately, they were not the first discoverer. A black bear was there before them and “chased them out.”
Other people asked if the hiker was playing a video game because they doubted the bear would chase and not attack.
One thing is sure, I wouldn’t want to find out!
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