Where do you think horror movies get their inspiration for the wild 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!
- 12,991 VOTES
A Creepy Entity
“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.”
- 22,342 VOTES
A Man Watching 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.”
- 31,867 VOTES
A 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."
- 41,740 VOTES
A Silent, Unmoving Man
“When I was out exploring an old abandoned quarry with some friends, we found this dude standing, staring at this rock, occasionally twitching, but he never turned around. We were pretty creeped out so didn't investigate, and left pretty soon after. Later on that night, we found out that another friend was driving down the lane that runs parallel to the quarry and found a guy in a black coat standing in the middle of the road who wouldn't move. She was pretty freaked out and had to reverse all the way back up the lane in the dark because he was still there. Pretty sure it was the same guy.”
- 51,755 VOTES
A Lit Candle In A Cave
"I took my young children to a cave not far from our house. It was a popular spot but we had the place to ourselves. You can walk through it in about 30 minutes without too much difficulty. It has a tiny exit at the opposite end. It was pretty muddy, so we decided to turn around and head back to the entrance. Halfway back, there was a lit candle sitting about eight feet up one side. It was definitely not there on the first trip. I went into full-on protective-dad-mode knowing there was likely someone hiding in the dark while we walked the rest of the way out."
- 61,574 VOTES
A Child's Bones
“As a biology major who remembered how to identify bones from my anatomy class, I'm pretty sure our dogs found bones from a small human while we were hiking off trail outside Colorado Springs. I told my friends they could belong to a recently kidnapped and murdered girl, Heather Dawn Church.They convinced me I was being dramatic and I forgot about it. A couple years later her body was found in the exact same area.”