true stories Outdoor Enthusiasts Tell The Creepiest Things They've Seen  

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There is nothing as scary as silence - especially when you're alone in the middle of nowhere. Your own thoughts can get the best of you, you wonder if your mind is playing tricks on you, and you can never be sure if someone... or something... isn't looking over your shoulder. Anybody who has spent time living in the woods alone has a creepy story to tell, so we scoured Reddit and collected a list of stories from nature enthusiasts who have encountered some seriously creepy things out there. 
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Driver encounters man in a snowstorm

"Some friends and I took my truck up in the mountains during the winter time and we towed each other on a tube across the snow. We'd drop the tailgate in my old long-bed Ford and a few guys would sit in the back with one of those bazillion candlelight spotlights. When I was driving it'd be fun to make really wide turns in the dark so the person on the tube didn't have the luxury of headlights or taillights to somewhat illuminate their trail. The person in the bed of the truck with the spotlight would be funny and shine the light clear off to the side so it was pitch black if you were on the tube. One particular winter night, a snowstorm was rolling in so we headed up to the usual spot. It was really DARK that night. I was driving while a friend sat on the tube.  The guy with the spotlight shined the light clear to the side of the truck and as I checked my mirror, I made eye contact with a guy dressed in jeans, a red plaid shirt, and an orange baseball cap. As we made eye contact, I lost all control of my body for probably only five seconds, but it felt like an eternity. I stopped the truck and turned it around and asked the guys if they saw him. They all said no, so I flipped the truck around and turned on the high beams and they shined the spotlight all over. I got out and looked for footprints in the fresh snow and saw nothing. 

That night we went back home and I told my dad about the weird experience and didn't think anything of it. A week later on the news, the police reported finding a body in the area close to where we were and asked for any tips. My dad convinced me to call the police and tell them we were up in the area and saw that guy. I called and an investigator came over to the house, I told him I saw that man seven days ago. As soon as I said that, the investigator asked me, "Are you are sure about the date?" When I said I was positive, he showed me a picture of the body they found wearing the same red plaid shirt and orange ball cap. Turns out it was a man who suffered from some mental handicaps and committed suicide on the mountain, one month BEFORE I saw him."

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Night divers encounter someone a hundred feet deep

"Two buddies of mine and I were on a night dive in the Puget Sound hunting for prawns. It was about 1 a.m. and we are about 100 feet deep, in pitch black. We like to do this thing on night dives where we'd get in a circle, turn off our lights, then stir up the water and watch the bio-luminescence float around us like floating stars in a black watery space. Only this time after we turn off our lights, the water glows just enough to reveal a fourth person sitting in our circle. We were at a dive resort so it wasn't so odd to see another diver, only it was 1 a.m. and we'd seen no one else prepping a dive at the dock. He was also alone which was odd considering the dangerous conditions of a night dive in those waters, plus he had no fins or gloves. I don't know how he swam so well without fins or didn't get hypothermia without boots or gloves. We wore drysuits because it was so cold but this guy was in a wetsuit with exposed skin and we thought we saw a giant gash in one of the legs. The three of us all notice him and we're too scared to move. It is absolutely terrifying when someone just shows up 100 feet underwater at night. I can hear my buddies panting into their regulators. The guy just simply smiled at us and waved before swimming away."

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Housesitter hears a murder

"My cousin Charlie needed someone to babysit his house in San Luis Obispo so I volunteered. I was staying at his place by myself getting lost in a Lord of The Rings marathon until around 2:30 a.m. The marathon ended and I proceed to make some green tea. That's when I hear a distant scream. I knew it was a human scream but for some reason I just refused to believe it. The thing about the houses in that area is that you have a lot of room between you and your neighbors but you can still hear them if someone is loud. I thought maybe the neighbor screamed because they were watching a scary film. That's when I heard something similar to multiple firecrackers going off. Something didn’t seem right, so I grabbed the nearest blunt object and headed upstairs. My cousin Charlie has a 360 degree second deck so I went out and turned on the outside lights. I listened but I could only hear the wind. What I later found out from my Cousin Charlie is that a man had a big argument with his wife and shot her as she ran from the house. Because I was the only one who had left the outside lights on, she had ran towards me but died from her wounds just short of Charlie's house. That part still gives me chills."

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Lone dam operator has a night visitor

“I worked as a security guard at a hydroelectric dam in Virginia in a fairly isolated location.  About a month after I was hired, one of the guys at the dam told me that most security guards out there quit after a few days because they got so creeped out being alone at the dam at night, and he was glad I was sticking it out. In truth, it could be creepy. Sometimes at night, when I was patrolling the basement level of the dam itself, I’d think about the fact that I was fifty feet below the water-line on the low side with the only human being about a mile and a half away. Sometimes I’d hear weird noises in the woods, or catch a flash of a shadow while I was inside the dam. It takes a lot to scare me, though, and I knew I was either hearing critters in the woods or my mind was playing tricks on me. One night, however, something happened that scared the living hell out of me. It was a little after 11 p.m., and I was sitting in the guard house reading a book. Suddenly, I heard a tap at the door. What was creepy about the guardhouse at night was that when you had the lamp inside turned on, people could look through the windows at you, but the glare made it difficult for you to see outside.

When I heard the tap at the door, I thought it was a bug hitting the glass; it was so faint, and I knew I had the place to myself. Then the tap came again, more insistent this time. I grabbed my flashlight and opened the door. There was no one there. Then I let the door slip from my hand and shut behind me. To my left — previously concealed by the door as I had opened it — was a huge man, at least 400 pounds, wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.


The sweatshirt was smeared with fresh blood. My heart started hammering. My blood ran cold. I was so scared I couldn’t speak. As it turns out, he was a local fisherman who had been fishing off the bridge and he was wondering why the power company hadn’t started back-pumping into the lake yet, because they usually started a little before 11 and that was what always drew in the big striped bass. He was smeared with blood because he’d already caught and gutted a couple and wiped his hands on his shirt. He felt really bad when he realized that he had approached me basically in the same way that a murderer in a horror movie would have. I am thankful to this day that I was unarmed security, because if I’d had a gun, I would have either shot him or accidentally shot myself while trying to shoot him.”

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