I came across an article listing strange things that forest rangers have come across on the job. I managed to save a few of the interesting ones but
didn't think to save the link and I can't find it. Some of the stories are a long so this post will probably take up a few replies.
Anyways, some of the stories are pretty strange and I'm not sure what I would do in those situations. I tried to think back to anything creepy
happening to me while in the woods.
I do remember as a kid (10-11 yrs old.) being creeped out by a certain section of forest where my dad and I would take ATVs with my uncles and
cousins. It was in eastern Kentucky not far from Louisa. We would ride in an area that had miles and miles of service roads and trails that led up to
gas lines/wells. There was one such gas well that was pretty close to the entrance of trails down from my uncle's house. A few years before, a worker
for the gas company made the mistake of using his lighter to melt ice from a lock while on top of the gas well in the early morning. The explosion
shook my uncle's house and woke everyone up. My cousin was first on the scene. He described several trees close buy on fire and notice pieces of
clothing hanging from branches. The service truck was parked several yards away on the trail, still running. The well (think a big 30' round and 15'
high steel tank) was about 20 yards from where it used to be and upside down. He spotted a man laying on the trail with most of his clothing blown
off. All that was left were shreds of his pants. He was bleeding from his ears and had no pulse. Eventually the EMT's arrived but could not save him.
This story scared the sh*t out of me. To make matters worse, we would always have to ride past the spot where this happened. Even after several years
had passed, the well was still there, trees and the ground still blackened from the fire. Oddly, nature never returned in that area. Place always
spooked me, especially when we would be returning from a ride late and have to pass by in the night.
There were other areas in those woods that were creepy. An old family cemetery plot with about 10-12 tombstones from the same family. All dated early
1800's. An old abandoned house in the middle of the woods several miles from any kind of road. There was an old foundation of what used to be church
way back in the woods as well. In addition to the foundation, the front stairs was all that remained. That place gave off weird vibes.
I would like to hear of others strange and creepy experiences in the woods. Doesn't have to be paranormal. Just something that was odd or scared you.
Here are some of the forest ranger's experiences:
Mysterious stranger stalks camp at night
"I once led a trip to the top of Mt. Sterling in North Carolina. It's a tough climb to get to the top, and about six miles from the nearest road. I
was leading a group of eight middle school kids and had one co-instructor. We were camping out on top of the mountain, and it was a beautiful night
with a full moon. The kids and the other co-instructor went to bed in their tents. I chose to spend the night in a hammock that night. I was really
into a book I was reading so I stayed up and read until about 10:30 PM. I turned my headlamp off to settle in for the night. Everything around me was
rather bright from the moon and from the position I was in. I could see down the trail we had hiked to get to the top. I laid there enjoying the
scenery and noticed something moving on the trail. Bears are common in the area so I perked up. As it got closer, I could tell it was a person. We
were in the middle of nowhere and there was someone hiking up the trail with no headlamp or any gear. I was just frozen, watching this person move
closer to our camp. They arrived at the top of the mountain where we were and just stopped. I watched as what appeared to be a man surveyed our camp.
I really could only see the outline of him. He stood there for what seemed like 30 minutes but may have been 10. He then turned and sat down under a
tree facing our camp. He was sitting up in a way that I knew he wasn't trying to sleep. He just sat there staring at our camp. I had no idea what to
do. I decided to wait it out. I waited, just staring at the man while he stared at my camp. This went on until about 3:30 AM. Then, he stood up, took
a moment to survey my camp a few minutes longer and then went back down the trail he came up on. I, to this day have no idea what that was all about
but it freaked me out. I was paranoid that we were being followed for the rest of the trip."
Perfectly severed deer head found on isolated trail in Yellowstone
"I'm a ranger at Yellowstone. Couple weeks ago I was exploring the Lamar Valley, about 11 miles from the nearest road and even further to the park
boundary.There, in the middle of the trail, is a perfectly severed deer head. No blood, no raggedness at the severance. Perfectly in tact. This is
weird because I have seen wolf and bear kills, and I used to find cougar kills in SD with radio tracking just after the cougar made them. This was not
any of those things. The head was completely uneaten - eyes, tongue, everything intact. Even the ravens hadn't touched it yet. No caching, no scat.
Right smack in the trail, but again, no blood.Even a human doing it made no conventional sense. It was a doe so it had no antlers, plus, why leave it
in the trail? Whole thing, even in broad daylight, gave me chills. Just an ocean of waving grass, bison calmly grazing, and a perfectly clean deer
head right on the path."
Park worker finds abandoned house with sinister shed
"A shed behind an abandoned house with a steel reinforced door broken off the hinges. The windows of the shed were boarded up from the outside. The
only thing inside the shed was a queen size bed with shredded, partly singed white sheets."
Random gunshot fired in the middle of nowhere
"Camping 80+ miles from any thing resembling civilization. Lying in the tent talking before falling asleep when all of the sudden a gunshot rings out
no more than 100 yards away. Then hearing the sound slowly travel away. Then quiet."
Ranger finds thumb nailed to tree
"[I saw] a human thumb nailed to a tree."
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