People Are Revealing The Strangest Things They've Seen In The Woods And Still Can't Explain

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Vote up the strangest stories.

As beautiful as the great outdoors can be, it can also be quite eerie and mysterious. Hikers, campers, and general wilderness enthusiasts are coming forward to share the strange experiences in the woods they can't forget about… or even explain. 

Some posts have been edited for length and clarity. All posts come courtesy of this AskReddit posted by u/shantics.


  • 1
    843 VOTES

    What A Friendly Neighbor

    From Redditor u/TheTurtlePrincess96:

    I spent a lot of time at my mother's father's house in the woods of Michigan. My brother and I got lost a lot, but if we could find the train tracks we could always get back. One time when I was about 8 and my brother was like 11/12, he didn't want me bothering him and ran away leaving me alone in the woods. 

    I was crying and wandering around when I came to a house with 2 horses in a pasture. I went and knocked on the door for help. This lady who looked like an older librarian answered and looked really shocked. I whined about my brother leaving me, and she told me to stay at the door while she went back in for something and then came out to walk me home. 

    I was telling her about the train tracks and she said she knew where they were. We get to the tracks and I'm cheering and pointing in the direction of my Grandpa's house, and I turn back and she was just gone. Not a trace of her. 

    I went ahead and crossed the tracks and followed the path to the house. My brother was already back and they were literally all outside about to go looking for me. Grandma had made dinner and we all went in to eat. 

    I told grandma that I wanted to bake cookies for the lady that helped me. She thought that it was one of the neighbors until I said she had 2 pretty horses. Apparently none of the neighbors had horses, and when I said her house was on the opposite side of the tracks she said that that was all thick woods and there were only houses on this side of the tracks. I was adamant about where I saw the lady and her house. 

    So the next day grandma packed a bunch of sandwiches up for a picnic in the woods, and to see where I saw the lady and her house. It was a long walk, but we made it to the pasture except there was no house and no horses. The only thing in the pasture was my hat that I lost while wandering around before finding the lady's house. We still had our picnic.

    843 votes
  • 2
    601 VOTES

    The Man In Blue Satin Pajamas

    From Redditor u/mrwitch:

    I was hiking through the remnants of a remote, long-abandoned town and the surrounding area. To get to as far into the woods as I was, you had to cross fallen trees over a creek three times. I had just crossed the third "bridge" and was about five miles in and something blue caught my eye just ahead of me.

    There was a man, in his sixties at least, wearing blue satin pajamas, sitting in a tree. The closer I got to him the louder he laughed; it wasn't a maniacal laugh, but it set off all the alarms in my head nevertheless. He also wasn't wearing any shoes and looked well-groomed/cleaned.

    I gave him a friendly nod as I passed and he just kept laughing. Then it stopped. I turned and he was gone. There was no branch cracking, plants rustling, nothing... He was just gone.

    Still rubs me the wrong way. The area I was in was a pretty rough hike, very secluded. Not very many people venture as deep as I was that day. No idea what was going on there.

    601 votes
  • 3
    463 VOTES

    Lost In The Woods

    From Redditor u/Bulky_Albatross5593:

    This is a story of my father when he was just a teenager. 

    In high school, my father had to walk for at least 5km everyday to get to school (this was in the 1960s, motor vehicles are very rare in the rural areas). He always took a short cut through the woods. One morning, a farmer saw him just walking back and forth through an area in the woods. The farmer shouted to call his attention, and my father snapped back to reality. 

    My father claimed that rows of very tall trees have been blocking his path and he could not find a way out of the woods. 

    That was not the first time it happened to someone in that area. It was believed that playful spirits trick people by giving them illusions. Some accounts even say that some people got lost in the woods for days, only to be found asleep or dead on the ground.

     I passed through that area several times (it's mostly rice paddies now), but I never experienced something similar.

    463 votes
  • 4
    428 VOTES

    Light From A Lantern

    From Redditor u/Thin_Ad7594:

    I was living in the woods on some state land for a little while a few years ago, as I was out of options. I could hear cars approaching this spot from a mile away and there weren't more then a couple houses within walking distance, so I usually knew when there were people around. 

    Yet, near where I found an old cobblestone foundation, about 50 yards from my camp, about every night I saw what looked like an oil lantern, where a match would strike, even in the wind, the lantern would light, the match would go out, and the the lantern would bob forward for about 15 steps and then the light would disappear. 

    I'm not all about ghosts and sh*t but I still have no explanation for that.

    428 votes
  • 5
    381 VOTES

    Footsteps In The Middle Of The Night

    From Redditor u/gina_szanboti:

    Tried to learn to do extended hikes to traverse the Appalachian trail. 

    Hear foot steps outside of my tent at night. Circling, in slow deliberate steps. Never missing beat. Just steady even steps. 

    The most frightening part of it was that I never heard anyone or anything approach or leave my camp site. The steps were just there and then they stopped…

    381 votes
  • 6
    304 VOTES

    Survival Training

    From Redditor u/UAT_caf:

    I was doing survival training as part of the army in really northern Canada and as I was digging my foxhole for the night I distinctly heard a woman call me by my name. First and last so it wasn’t one of my platoon members. And sometimes on night watch we would see red lights just beyond the trees. We always used nvg’s and tvs’ but we never saw anything behind the light.

    Edit: nvg’s and tvd’s are night vision goggles and thermal vision devices.

    304 votes