Where do you think horror movies get their inspiration for the crazy things that happen to hikers and campers in the woods? Straight from real life of course! We’ve compiled a list of some of the creepiest true stories and oddest encounters people have come across while communing with nature. The one thing most of the hikers on our list have in common is unlike their movie counterparts, they don’t stick around to risk being hacked to pieces by Jason and his buddies. Which one of the below real life hiking alone scenarios is your favorite and that you will be sure to add to your repertoire of scary campfire stories? Vote on your favorite and tell us why!
Hikers followed by extremely creepy entity (this one is freaky)
“This past winter I hiked a very high peak with a buddy of mine and camped out overnight. Everything was fine the entire first day we were there. We had a great night’s sleep and woke up early to hike back to the parking area. On the way back down the trail my friend and I noticed that someone else had been hiking as well. About a mile after walking, I stopped and saw that my full name, first and last, was drawn into the snow on the side of the foot path. I didn't do it, neither did my friend. It was snowing a bit throughout the night and if it was drawn the day before, the snow would have covered it up. We got a bit freaked out and decided to hustle back to our car so we could get out of there. We finally get back to the parking area and I went to sign myself out of the registry book. When I turned the page to where I signed in, I see that someone had scribbled out all of my information so you couldn't read it anymore. No one else had signed into the book besides myself for three days. I will NOT be going back there.”
Group of adventurers make grisly discovery
“My two friends and I were hiking in a pretty popular spot with a 150-ft waterfall that takes about 45 minutes of uphill hiking. We decided to go to the bottom of the waterfall where there are various little pools and boulders and the water runs off from the waterfall. This is not on the main trail and not many hikers ever veer off of the main trail. We found a 22-year-old girl face down in the mud, both legs broken with compound fractures. She had no cell phone, no water, no food, and nothing to keep her warm. Her friend was already dead.
We called 9-1-1 and gave her any supplies we had. Eventually a helicopter showed up and they flew her to the nearest hospital. It turns out she was hiking with her friend the NIGHT BEFORE when they both fell off of the waterfall. Her friend must have gone to get help, but unfortunately died less than 100 yards from where we found the girl, so no one knew she was hurt or that she was even there. It's a miracle she was still alive and mind blowing to think what she had gone through when we found her 20 hours later.”
Visitor caught watching campers from the shadows
“I was hiking in southern Virginia and came to a shelter. At this point it was about an hour until sundown and two other hikers had already set up camp and gotten a fire going. I decided to sling my tent up and make some dinner. I'm sitting there munching on my crappy re-hydrated dinner as the sun is going down. As my eyes began to adjust to the darkness, I glanced over towards the shelter and suddenly realize that I can see the whites of a person’s eyes in the shelter. This dude had smeared soot from the firepit all over his face and body, and had been sitting in the shadows watching the other hikers and myself the entire time. I tried to stealthily let the other hikers know what was up and I go the hell out of there.”
Two friends stumble upon serial killer's sacrificial altar
"Bushwalking in NSW (Australia), me and my friend came across this weird platform looking thing made out of rocks. Later that year, the cops arrested some bloke on suspicion of the murders of a series of backpackers who had gone missing over the course of a few years, and at the sites of several of the murders slightly off in the bush were these “altars.” Turns out, it was the altars we found. They were typically no more than 300 yards from the victim's shallow graves. The guy who was arrested and subsequently convicted for the murders is Ivan Milat, Australia's worst serial killer."