What do you think the scariest place on earth is? Some are obvious, and others are easy access, but what about the locations you may never have considered? A mountain pass where climbers die by the dozen every year? A cluster of abandoned asylum buildings? A tiny town in the middle of nowhere filled with strangers who stare at you? There's much we don't understand about the world already, so it's in your best interests to know areas other people avoid out of fear.
Some people decided to do the work for you, and divulge their advice on what locations are less fun, more frightening. These Reddit users share the places that scare them the most, either from what they've read or from personal experience.
A Weird Town In Georgia
From Redditor /u/Roflmoo:
"I was driving through Georgia. As I live in Florida, there aren't many out-of-state trips that don't involve Georgia at some point. Unfortunately, I made a bad decision to wait just one more exit and entered a long strip of highway with no streetlights, no civilization, and no other cars. Usually, I like having the road to myself, but with all the deer crossing signs, I was worried about getting help if I had an accident. I waited a while until I had service on my cell phone and sent a text to my girlfriend at the time, 'So now I'm in the middle of Georgia, surrounded by dense forest, going 45 mph in a deer crossing zone. If you don't hear from me, send a search party.'
I finally reached the next exit and pulled off to find a hotel. The road wasn't paved well, but that's not uncommon in the south. What was uncommon what when it turned to a narrow dirt road. At this point I wanted to turn back. I would have if the road were wide enough, but with the trees growing so close on either side, the fat ass on my old 2000 Ford Taurus didn't have the turning ability. I turned the radio on just so I wouldn't imagine hearing 'dueling banjos' coming from the trees and kept driving until the inevitable driveway or parking lot where I could turn. I didn't get anything but static on the radio but I kept flipping stations to give myself something else to focus on. Eventually I found a grainy talk radio AM station. It was static-y but I could tell it was some kind of comedy. There was laughing and music so it made me feel better. I stopped my car for a second to read the reply from my text earlier, a simple 'k. be careful.' I replied and kept driving.
The road opened up eventually, and I had the room to turn around. As I did I nearly crapped myself. I couldn't see the surrounding area before turning and I assumed it was all trees. As I turned my headlights lit up the area around me. An entire town, full of people, men women and children, in the middle of the night, with no lights on, all just standing there, staring at me.
I actually screamed, and floored it, making it back to the main road in what seemed like seconds. I have no idea what happened, I have not been able to figure out where I was on a map, and I know I didn't dream the whole thing because I checked my phone messages and the times add up. That place, wherever it was, is the scariest place I have ever been."
The Campus Of Abandoned Asylum Buildings
From Redditor /u/LittlePe0ple:
"My town has an entire campus of abandoned mental asylums and schools for the mentally disabled. They shut them down due to the absolutely awful mistreatment and quality of life for the patients. There are underground tunnels connecting a lot of the buildings (I think a few people actually disappeared down there.) I've been inside the theater, and its basement. Never thought I'd see blood on the walls of a basement of a theater. When you get near the asylum, your gut literally tells you not to get closer. The grounds are dead silent too. Went there once, into a few buildings. Never doing it again."
From Redditor /u/Sterling_-_Archer:
"Aokigahara, Japan. Terrifying.
At first, it's beautiful. It's at the base of Mt. Fuji, so you would be correct in guessing that the initial view is gorgeous. However, as you stumble in, you quickly repent for your silly, silly thoughts.
First, it's dolls. Dolls pinned to trees, dolls hanging from branches, dolls in bushes. I don't know why the dolls were there, and maybe it was just the area I was in, but there were lots of dolls.
As you move deeper, it very quickly becomes lost articles of clothing, shoes, and personal items. You see full campsites just simply abandoned. Yet, that is not the worst. No, the worst is that some campsites weren't abandoned.
There's corpses in tents, corpses against trees, and even some corpses hanging from them. It's commonly referred to as the Suicide Forest, and for good reason. People go in, and they don't come out.
Possibly the worst thing there was, though, was this parking lot. It had abandoned cars in it, just left there by an owner who was fed up. Some were rinky-dink and broken down, but others were chillingly recent. It's a huge reality check to see the earthly belongings of someone who ended their life simply sitting there, seemingly waiting for their master's return. It reminds me of the Futurama episode where Fry's dog waits for him to return, even to his death.
The entire thing is soul crushing, the sentiment of finality palpable. I highly recommend it. It's beautiful and horrendous.
Also, some of the caves are pretty."
From Redditor /u/BrawndoTTM:
"Realistically, I can't think of a place I'd be more scared of than North Korea. It boggles my mind that Westerners voluntarily tour that evil place. I know it's pretty safe as tourism is a source of income for them, but still, I would be terrified of saying the wrong thing or talking to the wrong person and ending up in a labor/death camp."