For generations, both old and new, camping has been something loved by all. Camping and hiking are both great ways to break out of your city cycle for a week or two. For some of us, the best moments are around a campfire, with a mug of coco and a bone-chilling tale of bigfoot. But what happens when these tales come to life… What happens when they begin to unfold in front of your very eyes ! From strange noises to apparitions gliding silently through the trees. Here are six of the greatest, true camping encounters.
Is That a Little Girl Crying ?
A family where out camping and a guy who was 11 at the time had trouble sleeping. The tent was so hot and uncomfortable. At around 1 or 2 in the morning, they began to hear what sounded like a faint whimpering coming from somewhere in the distance. Sure it was creepy, but they just shrugged it off and presumed it was an animal of some kind. But then it got louder and louder and then it turned into crying… At this point the boys are sitting up, eyes wide but to scared to call for mum and dad. Then the footsteps began. They got closer until a little girl could be heard directly outside their tent with branches crunching in circles around them.
It didn’t die off. It got louder and again, louder and stood in the same point outside the tent, the entire time. This indicates that she was looking directly at the boy’s tent. It got worse, the cries turned into a scream which made both the boys sit up, petrified with fear. The Scream lasted a few seconds and then cut out. They both stuffed their head into their pillows and left the next day.
The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail has always been something of a dare more than a hike. Supposedly one of the most haunted Native American sites in the world, it has produced some pretty horrific tales. One of the best tales consists of two brothers taking on the dare in 2007. They were enjoying their hiking trip until they hit a particularly crooked tree that just looked out of place. Then they noticed a man hanging from one of the branches. They sprinted up to him and one brother held his legs whilst the other cut the rope with his pocket knife. He was icy cold and clearly dead but they thought it was wrong to leave him there. So one called 911 and went down the trail to meet them.
Upon his return the second brother came sprinting down the hill, ashen faced. He vomited as soon as he reached them and managed to splurt out ” body gone “. So the police went to investigate. When the group arrived at the spot the body was left all they found was a gnarled looking old stump, but where was the body ? This is not the first time the Hanging Man of the Appalachian Trail has been encountered and definitely not the last.
The Cabin in the Woods
A young couple had rented a huge riverside cabin up in North Michigan for the night. There were rumours of this site being haunted but they decided to brave the night and ignore the gossip. They were just tucking in for the night when a huge cracking sound erupted from the black of the forest. They assumed some old tree had a branch snapped or something of the sort.
They left the living room and went back to bed. But the guy returned to the living room and turned off the lights after forgetting. It was then he noticed a strange light coming through the window, it was abnormally strong… Then it began to pulse. The light intensified throughout the night, at one point you could read a book. Then a strange humming came from the back of the house, it sounded like a women humming a nursery rhyme. The couple ran for the door but just as they opened it, the light died and the humming stopped… They stayed up until the sun rose and then they fled without hesitation. There were no more noises reported through the night apart from that of a loud cracking sound.
A Blue Threat
A group of friends began their night by walking just outside this strange looking circle of cabins. It was a brighter night than normal with all the stars shining and the moon being well lit. There was a campfire in the centre of the cabins and obviously some kind of party going on in another. But as they walked they had a strange chill climb both of their spines, they turned towards to sea to check for a strong wind or breeze and to their horror they saw a large blue figure about 7ft tall, gliding through the trees.
It was a silent and emitting a dim blue glow. The yelled at the figure ” Who are you !? ” but it did not even turn towards them. It simply began to glide out of view, until it was completely gone. Terrified the friends ran back to camp to find one of their friends white and wide-eyed proclaiming that he had just seen that very figure walking into the distance…
There is an old log cabin on a lake in the Northwoods. It is a lake with zero public access. Opposite the house is an old girls camp that was falling apart and directly in the centre was an old two-story main house. One day a couple decided to go and check out the camp out one day, so they grabbed a canoe crossed the lake and went directly to the main house. They explored for a little while and stopped in there tracks by the sound of heavy footsteps coming above them. Slowly they sped up and headed towards the staircase that led to the level the couple was on.
They ran for it, but instead of heading back to the canoe they went straight into the forest. Then they heard footsteps storming after them all the way from the house and into the forest, it wasn’t long before they reached home but they never saw who or what was chasing them…
Followed by What ?
Two guys decided to go out in the forest and fish around a particularly secluded lake. One was from the city and never spent any time in the woods at night. At around 10:30pm they set off armed with their fishing poles and flashlights. On there way to the lake they both heard something walking in a pitch black part of the wood directly to their left. One of the guys had spent a lot of time around this lake and managed to convince his buddy it was just a deer, but the other was sure he saw something stand on two legs, not four… So they climbed over a fence into a fishing farm. But then something else began to climb the fence. Deer can not climb fences…
They both turned and shone the light behind them at the thing following, and what they saw made them sprint head out, screaming the nearest light. They ended up finding a house and smashed on the door until they could get an answer. An old man answered and let them in the house. After conveying their full story the man agreed and told them this is not the first time this has happened here and it will not be the last. He gave them a lift home and they spoke about the thing in the woods all the way back. To this day nobody will speak of what they saw and the locals keep it a secret…
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