6 Creepiest Myths from Forests around the World

31 Oct 2018

Forests can be a place of tranquillity and peace… during the day. But what happens after dark?

Could it be your imagination playing tricks on you, or could some of the myths below possibly be true?

Epping Forest, Essex, England

Epping Forest, England

Epping Forest was famed as the hideout for notorious English highwayman, Dick Turpin and other criminals in the 1700s. If that wasn’t enough, over a dozen murder victims have been found in these woods since the 1960s. These stories are joined by claims that people hear spooky sounds and see full apparitions of people that aren’t there!

The Epping Forest Act of 1878 states that trees and plants in Epping Forest cannot be cut down and the forest cannot be destroyed. This is to preserve the land and ensure it is there for people to enjoy. This is also the reason why the trees are huge and bulbous, adding to the eerie atmosphere.

Elfin Forest, California, USA

Elfin Forest, USA

Elfin Forest in San Diego County, California was said to be the settling place of a group of gypsies in the early 19th century. They were driven out of the forest by local townsfolk and those who decided to stay were put to death.

It is said that the gypsies then got their revenge and cursed the forest and the surrounding lands. Today people claim to have seen all sorts of spooky goings on including a floating woman and a ghostly black stallion galloping through the forest.

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

This is perhaps the strangest myth yet…

Aokigahara Forest may look serene but it has a rather eerie past. It’s known locally as ‘suicide forest’ and is the second most popular place in the world for suicides (after the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco). Some people blame demons from Japanese mythology, other blame the density of the forest and the ease of getting lost. In fact, it’s so easy to get lost in there; some hikers mark their path with tape or string to help them find their way out again.

Devil’s Trampling Ground, North Carolina, USA

Devil's Trampling Ground, USA

There is an area deep in North Carolina woods where no plants grow and no animals walk. It’s said that this is because dark spirits are supposed to dance there every night around the 40ft mysterious circle. It’s also said that any belongings or items left in the circle overnight will be thrown back out by the morning by the spirits themselves.

The Black Forest, Germany

Black Forest, Germany

With fir trees so dense not much light is let through and many myths surrounding The Black Forest, it’s no surprise there are eerie myths and stories surrounding it. However the myths in this forest are more fantasy than paranormal. There is the story of a king who kidnaps woman to take them to his underwater lair where he lives with mythical creatures including dwarves, werewolves and nymphs, and a headless horseman riding through the forest on a white stallion.  

The Brothers Grimm also based a lot of their stories in The Black Forest.

Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania

Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania
Here’s an odd one for you.

In 1968 a military technician captured a photograph of a suspected UFO hovering over the forest. Since then, it has become known as the ‘Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania’ as many visitors to the forest were never seen again. People believe it is a portal leading to another dimension, and those who don’t believe the stories and bravely delve into the depths of the forest have reported getting rashes, feelings of anxiety and nausea.


Do you dare enter...?

Whether you believe the ghost stories of the world’s forests or think it’s all make believe, would you dare enter?

Go on… be brave

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