Despite their grandeur, did you know that national parks can be scary and dangerous places? From getting lost, encountering a grizzly bear, or finding something beyond belief, the great outdoors is full of terrors. As we’ll soon discover in these true national park stories, it doesn’t take much for disaster to strike while out on a hike and enjoying nature. Some people simply go in and never come out, while others hear strange noises or find weird objects. There’s no telling what will happen when you wander into the great wood. So, get your gear ready, here are 25 True Scary National Park Stories!
One Redditor randomly stumbled on an old plane wreckage site. The plane had crashed into a cliff and no one came out to remove the wreckage. Knowing people had died there, finding the site really freaked them out.
A volunteer of trail maintenance at White Mountains of New Hampshire saw one truck parked in the parking lot before he and a friend went hiking on the trails. When they reached the top of a cliff, they found what they assumed was the owner of a truck in only his underwear, taking a nap on a pillow. He left when they approached.
One Redditor went on a road trip with a friend and hiked into a trail in Colorado to camp. They pitched a tent near a stream and he decided to sleep under the stars. Later, a woman pitched a tent near them. He fell asleep but was later woken up by a ranger asking, “Did you see the bear?” This immediately terrified him. He looked over at the woman’s tent, and it was shredded. Apparently, she had left her food in her tent and the bear attacked and she took off.
A 12-year-old went out hunting with their father in Jersey at 3 AM in the morning, putting up a temporary stand to sit on, waiting for deer to come out. While sitting there, the 12-year-old saw a human figure at the bottom, roughly two to three feet tall. It remained there the entire time until they came back down. They found out it was a lawn gnome miles into the deep woods.
In July 1985, a young man and his father went hiking near Sheridan, WY and came across a small cave that was once a campsite. They found tons of old and rusty items, a saddle, unopened cans of food, and most disturbing, a shirt with bloody holes in it. His father figured much of the stuff was at least 100 years old and whoever owned the shirt didn’t get too far in the wilderness. He thought it eerie finding an ancient crime scene of someone who likely died alone.