20 Of The Most Unsettling Sights Ever Caught On Camera By Drones

Not so long ago, if you wanted a bird’s-eye view of a real-world location, you’d have to grow wings and fly – or just get a photo from a professional. Now, though, practically anyone can get their hands on a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – more commonly known as a drone – and see places from new perspectives for themselves. But while many folks have used drones to film glorious landscapes and stunning vistas, others have taken things in a decidedly more disturbing direction.

Some intrepid pilots have used the technology to explore abandoned urban areas that would otherwise be off-limits. Others have used drone cameras for more noble causes – documenting an aquarium full of abandoned animals, for example. But the common link between all of this drone footage is just how downright chilling it is. Let’s take a look at some of the most unnerving videos out there – showing everything from a creepy cornfield clown to a hauntingly deserted city.

20. The black-eyed child of Cannock Chase

In Staffordshire, England, there’s a forest that’s purported to be one of the country’s most haunted destinations. That’s partly down to multiple alleged apparitions of the ghostly “black-eyed children” – an urban legend that first took hold in the U.S. in 1996. And nearly 20 years later, drone operators filming in the English heathlands of Cannock Chase claimed to have captured one of these supernatural beings on camera.

The footage – filmed by YouTube user Furious Otter – opens with a first-person view over the forest. Then it pans down to ground level, and on the edge of the thicket we can see what appears to be a young woman dressed in white. And, unsurprisingly, the creepy video has since racked up over 1.6 million views on the video-sharing platform. Several paranormal investigators have also contacted the drone operators and informed them of the spooky black-eyed children.

19. Cornfield clown

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Scarecrows may keep the birds away, but they really aren’t that terrifying to humans. Farmers who want to keep troublesome trespassers away from their land, then, have to look for alternate solutions. Well, that’s one potential explanation for what this drone operator stumbled across in a cornfield.

The YouTuber who uploaded the video, Golden Hour, was apparently trying to shoot footage for an Instagram video he was putting together. In doing so, though, he found something seriously sinister hiding out among the crops. This was no stuffed scarecrow, but – bizarrely – a person dressed as a clown. And to make the whole scene even stranger, the creepy character immediately fled the scene upon spotting the drone.

18. The streets of Wuhan

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In December 2019 a highly infectious new coronavirus first came to light in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Then, as COVID-19 began to be passed from person to person, the government had no choice but to place the area under quarantine. And in February 2020 CTV aired eerie footage of a drone flying through the empty streets of this once-bustling metropolis.

The odd car or motorcyclist show that there are a few signs of life in Wuhan, but the city appears mostly abandoned. Shops and restaurants are lifeless, the airport is deserted and hardly any pedestrians can be seen walking around. The virus has traveled worldwide since it was first identified, with over 830,000 people having died from COVID-19 at the time of writing according to Worldometer.com.

17. Bigfoot

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If you want to see the legendary Bigfoot, you’re best off traveling to Ohio. Since the 18th century, there have been plenty of rumors that the enormous hairy beast resides in the state, with more than 36 alleged sightings having been reported over the past few decades. And thanks to a local drone operator, one of these run-ins was apparently captured on video.

In the supposedly unedited clip uploaded to YouTube by Nv Tv, the drone takes flight through the trees in Ohio’s Salt Fork State Park. And while at first nothing seems particularly out of the ordinary, an unidentifiable figure can be spotted lurking in frame as the camera sweeps through the foliage. Whether it really is Bigfoot, though, is impossible to tell.

16. Caught napping

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Between work, relationships, family, money and chores, daily life can often be overwhelming. And at one time or another, you’ve likely dreamed about getting away from it all for a while. But, unfortunately, taking a vacation isn’t always an option. And for one man, neither was escaping to the top of a wind turbine.

Apparently, there’s really nowhere to hide when drones are in the vicinity. So it was, then, that someone managed to capture incredible images of a man taking a nap atop a wind turbine – in footage later uploaded to YouTube by Inside Edition. And while the guy presumably just wanted a few hours to get some peace and quiet, he sadly didn’t account for modern technology.

15. Shark feeding frenzy

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While nature can be beautiful, it may also turn dark and dangerous. Just ask the passengers aboard a cruise ship to Western Australia’s Dirk Hartog Island in 2016. Yes, the tourists got a little more than they bargained for when they ventured out into the fittingly named Shark Bay.

Fortunately, none of the people on the ship were harmed. Instead, they witnessed the ferocity of nature first hand as dozens of tiger sharks swarmed around a floating whale carcass. And as the predators began to feast, the company Eco Abrolhos Cruises launched a drone to capture the awesome sight. That crystal-clear water running red is chilling to see.

14. Tianjin explosions

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In August 2015 a container of chemicals spontaneously combusted at a storage facility in the Port of Tianjin in China. Tragically, the chain of explosions that followed would ultimately claim the lives of 173 people. Then, in the aftermath of the disaster, a drone was sent up above the area. And the footage that the device captured paints a horrific picture.

It’s not hard to imagine the place once thriving, but the camera only sees the devastating effects of the chemical explosions. The disturbing images taken by the drone and published by New China TV show burned-out cars and husks of buildings littering the landscape. The firefighters filmed battling the flames, meanwhile, are a poignant reminder that more than 100 emergency personnel lost their lives in the blaze.

13. China’s bicycle graveyards

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Bike-sharing became a huge hit in China in 2017, but too many companies jumped on the trend too quickly. Ultimately, then, supply vastly outstripped demand and millions of discarded two-wheelers began to pile up – forcing local authorities to impound them in enormous “bicycle graveyards.” And a year on, director Wu Guoyong sent a drone up to film the consequences of unregulated growth.

Guoyong explained to media outlets that his aim was to “ask social questions with a camera” – and his haunting footage certainly does that. Those millions of unwanted, rusting bicycles are a pressing reminder of the dangers of market oversaturation. And according to the director, ten million bicycles will be thrown away by 2020, producing an incredible 150,000 tons of scrap metal in the process.

12. Corvette sinkhole

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Disaster struck Kentucky’s National Corvette Museum in 2014 when an enormous sinkhole devoured eight of the vintage cars. The aftermath of the event was captured on film by a drone sent up by the Engineering Department at the University of Western Kentucky. And the resulting footage – uploaded to YouTube by the Wall Street Journal – is definitely enough to make any car lover recoil.

Thankfully, though, this particular story has a happy ending. After the tireless work of the museum’s staff, every single car was eventually rescued from the 30-foot hole. And the catastrophic event actually had a silver lining for the National Corvette Museum. Happily, the tourist attraction went on to experience a significant uptick in attendance numbers following international media coverage of the sinkhole.

11. Sulawesi earthquake

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In September 2018 a magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked the Minahasa Peninsula in Indonesia. And while the epicenter of the quake was some 43 miles away from the provincial capital of Palu, the severity of the main shock nevertheless reduced a section of the city to rubble. A drone was subsequently sent up to capture the aftermath of the devastating natural disaster.

The video captured by the drone was then uploaded to YouTube by user tdkj82 just weeks after the cataclysmic Sulawesi quake. And the images show the appalling extent of the destruction in Palu. Roofs have been torn from buildings, vast swathes of trees have been felled, and some structures have been completely razed to the ground.

10. Sulawesi tsunami

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Sadly, when the Indonesian quake struck, it also triggered a devastating tsunami. Huge waves first hit a beach where festivalgoers had gathered to witness a paragliding event, and they caused an unspeakable number of casualties. Over 4,300 people lost their lives in the tsunami and earthquake, while in excess of 10,000 others were injured.

Once again, a drone was sent up to capture the true reality of the damage caused by the tsunami. And as with the footage recorded following the initial earthquake, the totality of the destruction is heartbreakingly evident. Sadly, the coastal city lies in complete ruins, with huge deposits of water pooling around the debris.

9. Oklahoma tornado

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Few places are as notorious for their wild winds as Oklahoma. According to The Washington Post, the state experienced 146 tornados in 2019 – breaking its own single-year record. And when you take that into account, it’s no wonder that storm-chasing companies offering the chance to witness these forces of nature first-hand have popped up.

If you can’t get to Oklahoma yourself, though, you can always just check out drone videos. WeatherNation uploaded a clip showing a drone flying near a tornado in April 2019 – and without getting swept away, either. The UAV recorded gripping footage of the awe-inspiring tempest as it whipped through the Oklahoma plains.

8. Forest fires

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Few phenomena are as terrifying as wildfires. These ferocious blazes can rage through forests at up to 14 miles per hour – consuming anything in their way as they go. And since the turn of the millennium, around seven million acres of land on average have been scorched in the U.S. on an annual basis, according to National Geographic. Yet even that sobering statistic is nothing compared to seeing the fiery wrath of nature in action.

In February 2019 YouTube user Sanuck176 captured drone footage of a forest fire, and what was filmed is, quite frankly, shocking. The images show flames ravaging the trees, while in the latter part of the video the smoke billowing out into the sky covers almost the entire landscape.

7. Abandoned Pontiac Silverdome

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For 26 years, thousands of football fans flocked to the Pontiac Silverdome to watch the Detroit Lions. Then, in 2002, the team moved to Ford Field, leaving the Silverdome empty. And while a real estate developer from Canada later purchased the stadium and restored it to its former glory, the building’s numerous structural problems ultimately spelled its doom.

When the Silverdome opened its doors in 1975, it was the first stadium to use air pressure to support its fiberglass roof. That construction technique wasn’t able to withstand Michigan’s often-unforgiving weather, however, and so the roof ultimately collapsed in 2013. Then, the following year, Matt Ervin sent his drone up over the Silverdome to capture stark images of the stadium in total disrepair. The last part of the venue was finally demolished in March 2018.

6. Hurricane Maria’s aftermath

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Just weeks after Hurricane Irma hit in 2017, another huge storm came to the Caribbean. Puerto Rico faced the brunt of Hurricane Maria, which was the strongest to hit the island in almost a century. According to local officials, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the ensuing disaster. And in the days that followed, a drone operator caught a sliver of the destruction on camera.

What’s most striking about the footage uploaded by The Guardian is the extent of the flooding that ravaged Puerto Rico. Nevertheless, the evocative images of empty homes torn apart by winds and sinking into the water give only a small sense of the damage caused. In all, government officials believe that Hurricane Maria’s destruction caused a minimum of $90 billion in damage; it apparently also wiped out around 80 percent of the island’s agriculture.

5. Abandoned ship graveyard

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Between Staten Island and New Jersey, there’s a tidal strait called Arthur Kill that’s home to one of New York City’s spookiest sights: a veritable graveyard of long-abandoned ships. And although the location was once intended to be a scrapyard, the number of boats that poured in ultimately overwhelmed the original owners. Instead, the vessels were simply allowed to rot.

Unfortunately, you can’t check the boats out for yourself, as the area is littered with “no entry” signs. Still, thanks to the efforts of UAV operator Jersey Drone, you can at least see footage of the decaying craft. And there’s something inherently creepy about the ghostly ships – which have rusted red from years of neglect.

4. Honey the dolphin

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In the wake of falling visitor numbers, Japan’s Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium closed its doors for good in 2018. But the animals weren’t rehomed after that; instead, the hundreds of reptiles and fish, 46 penguins and a lone bottlenose dolphin named Honey were left to their fate. In response, more than 200,000 people signed a petition asking for the aquarium’s inhabitants to be taken to a sanctuary.

While activists attempted to gather support for the animals, an organization known as the Dolphin Project sent a drone over the facility. And in the heartbreaking footage, Honey can be seen floating aimlessly around her tank – the only sign of life in the otherwise abandoned aquarium. Fortunately, a lone employee continued to care for Honey and the other creatures, while the park itself was bought and reopened in 2019.

3. Abandoned buildings

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Like many small towns in England, Hailsham boasts a long and storied history that belies its diminutive size. In fact, the town – which covers just 7.5 square miles – has had people living there since the Neolithic age. But some of the spookiest sites of interest were actually created a little more recently than that.

You see, Hailsham has its fair share of deserted buildings. And while these creepy structures may not be the safest or easiest places to explore on foot, there are still ways to check them out. In 2018, for instance, YouTube user Exploring with Lucy piloted a drone around several of the buildings – including what was once a mill. And the resulting footage paints an eerie picture of the historic British town.

2. Abandoned nuclear power plant

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In the 1960s the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) tried to anticipate future demand for electricity by building several nuclear power plants. Among these was the Hartsville Nuclear Plant, where construction kicked off in 1975. Nine years after ground was broken at the site, however, the TVA realized that it had overestimated demand. Ultimately, then, it pulled the plug on the entire Hartsville project.

There are now plans to use part of the land for an industrial park, and in the video you can see various facilities and a completed cooling tower remaining. However, the fences and “no trespassing” signs make it difficult to explore – unless you have a drone, of course. And in 2017 YouTube user Ken Heron sent his craft high above the tower to survey what remains of this monumentally misjudged slice of industrial history.

1. Terrifying lions

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Drones can apparently help if you don’t fancy jumping into a lions’ den for real. Just ask travelers and charity owners Mira and James Raley, who piloted their aerial vehicle over a pack of the ferocious animals in 2015. Then everything went horribly wrong for their drone after just a few seconds in the air – and the footage it captured after that is truly terrifying.

The Raleys accidentally crashed their flying device into a tree, leaving the drone to topple to the ground. One of the lions then rushed over to investigate before picking up the aircraft and carrying it away. And the resulting footage is a chilling and awe-inspiring insight into what it’s like to get up close and personal with some of nature’s deadliest creatures.

You can still be spooked even if you don’t have a drone, though. And for park rangers, that appears to be something of an occupational hazard, judging by the scary tales they have to tell. Yes, park employees have no shortage of stories that would make the rest of us cower – or simply run far, far away from the scene.

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Being a park ranger may seem like a really cool job. After all, tending to North America’s stunning national parks in serenity and seclusion is definitely a more attractive prospect than getting stuck in mile-long tailbacks during your commute or spending eight hours cooped up in a cubicle. But that time out in the wilderness isn’t always as peaceful as it sounds. In fact, park rangers sometimes have some seriously eerie encounters – ones that take place far from the comforts of the big city. And these 20 unsettling tales – from chilling hauntings to perilous run-ins with predators – may make you think twice about ever switching career.

20. Follow the wood carvings

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When a crowd of young people went missing from a camping trip, the two rangers tasked with tracking the group found themselves in a situation that’s guaranteed to give you nightmares. You see, the park employees didn’t spot any footsteps on the trail. Instead – and a good 20 miles deep into the forest – they came across spears crafted from sticks, strangely etched trees and even a kid’s toy suspended from a noose.

Then after pitching up for what was presumably an uneasy night’s sleep, the rangers continued their search. But just as they thought they were closing in on the teens, a terrifying bombshell was dropped on them: the missing people had been found over 12 miles away. So, whoever had been leaving the rescuers the clues hadn’t been the folks they had been looking for. And as you can imagine, the rangers didn’t stick around to meet the twisted culprit.

19. Ranger in danger

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One park ranger wound up in an especially risky situation during a hike through the wilderness in Washington State. It all started with an eerie feeling that they weren’t alone and that someone – or perhaps something – was watching them. And as the ranger had spotted fresh cougar excrement in the area, they had good cause to feel on edge.

Worse still, the ranger came across yet more feces and even a partially eaten deer the following day. The warning signs were all there; a nearby big cat was somewhere in the vicinity, it seemed. And the individual in question spoke of their natural apprehension in a 2015 Reddit thread. “Now, a cougar won’t usually tangle with a human, but here I am: a five-foot-tall, 100-pound sack of flesh and bones at least 13 miles out from any other humans,” they wrote. The ranger ultimately did what any sane person would have done, then, and ran straight out of the predator’s lair.

18. Tent for a teddy bear

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When a ranger happened upon a tent pitched outside of a designed campsite, it wasn’t its location that made them take pause. You see, while the park employee discovered plenty of provisions inside – including a sleeping bag, food, cigarettes and even a teddy bear – the canvas’ rule-breaking owner was nowhere to be seen.

Not wanting to leave someone out in the wilderness without necessities, the ranger therefore left the tent where it was. However, upon returning to the spot two weeks later, they were spooked to find the makeshift shelter still in position and seemingly without any other changes. The tent was ultimately disassembled, and the fate of the person who had set it up remains a mystery.

17. A mysterious mountaineer

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Up in New Hampshire’s White Mountains on a day plagued by bitter weather, two buddies anticipated that they’d be alone on their hike. “My friend and I figured we were the only people silly enough to go… [out] in the cold rain and fog,” one of the pair – an unpaid trail maintainer – said on Reddit. But as it turns out, there was another vehicle parked nearby. And though they may have wished they hadn’t, the duo seemingly stumbled upon the truck’s owner.

The man the friends saw wasn’t your typical hiker, either. Even though he was near the mountain’s peak, the stranger was dressed in just his underwear and had only two items in his possession: a walking stick and a pillow. And the other climbers weren’t able to get an explanation out of the guy. Once aware he wasn’t alone, he simply rose up and fled.

16. Grand Canyon full to the brim

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In 2013 park rangers gathered on Mather Point as clouds spilled low over the Grand Canyon’s epic rock formations. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, outstanding, crazy, amazing, mind-blowing inversion,” the National Park Service noted on Facebook at the time.

But a number of nearby visitors were reportedly unimpressed by the phenomenon and complained that the “fog” was blocking their view of the Colorado River. Yes, they seemingly weren’t fazed by the fact that the clouds were behaving like a body of water themselves – rushing through the canyon’s sprawling depths in an eerie, ghost-like fashion.

15. Coyote party

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Deep in South Texas, one dozing camper awoke with a start. “I [could] feel something… outside the tent, but I [didn’t] want to look,” they later wrote of the alarming moment on Reddit. Then, when they finally plucked up the courage to peek beyond the canvas, they caught sight of some strange silhouettes in the darkness – before realizing exactly what they were looking at.

The movement that the Redditor had sensed outside their tent was all down to a pack of around 40 coyotes. The animals were just walking around, in fact, and were apparently “almost ghostlike in their quietness.” Even so – and with just the thin tent walls protecting them from the predators – the unlucky camper somehow managed to return to sleep. Then the following day, they could hear the pack crying out across the park. That moment, the Reddit user said, “was almost freakier than seeing [the coyotes] 10 feet away.”

14. Kids’ camp crashed

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After one ranger had led an expedition of schoolchildren up North Carolina’s Mount Sterling, they decided to enjoy a good book under the moonlight. Upon sensing movement near the sleeping kids’ tents, however, their attention was torn from their reading. But it wasn’t actually a bear lurking nearby; rather, the shadowed outline of a man appeared to be closing in on the camp.

Then the man halted his progress, took a seat and just patiently gazed at the tents. And, understandably, the ranger vigilantly watched the stranger for many hours until he eventually set off back down the trail. The unwelcome guest’s presence naturally cast an ominous shadow over the expedition, too, with the guide later noting on Reddit, “It freaked me out. I was paranoid that we were being followed for the rest of the trip.”

13. Usain Bolt enjoys a gruesome feast

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After a ranger set out on an expedition with three buddies, he had quite the shock. At one point in the trip, the group had settled down for the night only to be brutally woken by an ear-piercing cry. Still, the quartet remained largely unfazed – even after finding “a totally indecipherable heap of flesh and fur” nearby. And when the campers heard the shriek again the following evening, they set out to look for its source.

But as night fell and the friends were returning to their tents none the wiser, they spotted a six-foot-tall figure lurking in the woods. And, alarmingly, this strange interloper quickly bolted – as one Reddit user put it – “like Usain Bolt if he were born and raised in the mountains.” That wasn’t all. At the location from which the beast had fled, the group were horrified to find yet another grisly pile of flesh.

12. Aliens in Amish Indiana

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An expedition through Amish Indiana got seriously spooky when a popular lakeside campsite was found abandoned. “It looked like the people had been beamed up by aliens. Food was left out, [and] bottles of mustard [and] mayo and plates were on and around the picnic table,” a Redditor claimed after the fact.

Even the campsite staff were surprised that there was no one to be seen. Fearing that something dreadful could have happened, then, the Redditor and the rest of their group tentatively searched the abandoned tents, but they found no evidence of foul play nor any clues to the inhabitants’ whereabouts.“[There were no] dead bodies – just sleeping bags, etc.,” the commenter added on Reddit. “So, [it must have been] aliens.”

11. Creepy cuddles

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Picture this: you’re in a tent in the dead of night, sleeping up close to two buddies. You’re on the outside of the huddle, too, with a friend on one side of you and the chill of the tent edge on the other. But when you finally awake, you find to your horror that you’re surrounded by warm bodies – as something or someone unknown is lying right next to the canvas.

This terrifying tale was apparently all too real for one Reddit commenter, who had set out on what was supposed to have been a routine trip through the Colorado wilds. “I was somewhat petrified,” they later said. And to make matters worse, the unlucky person never found out what had been cuddling up to them. After sensing movement in the tent, you see, the interloper had fled before the camper could take a look. The commenter added on Reddit, “To this day it still mystifies me that a wild animal – even a young deer – would bed down next to humans.”

10. The barking man

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One Redditor claimed to have been a ranger on a 400-acre island with no full-time inhabitants and with no way of getting there except by boat. “I’d go out at night without a flashlight and challenge myself to hike the entire island in the dark,” they wrote. And on one such evening, they encountered the last thing you’d ever expect on a piece of remote land: company.

Yes, after being alerted by a “sharp bark,” the hiker spotted a tall, pallid man a short way off in the darkened woods. “He gave me a lunatic grin, barked again – a hard, sharp “HA” – then turned and ran off into the woods,” the Redditor later explained. But even after that unsettling run-in, there was no proof that a boat had arrived on the island. The ranger didn’t manage to confront the man again, either.

9. A bizarre man-monster

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On one night in Joshua Tree, California, rangers were called out to what must have been a seriously strange distress call. Apparently, around 20 campers had been rudely awakened by someone – or something – watching their tents from the summit of a large boulder. And while the figure seemed to be human-like, one of the group later claimed that the individual’s head had been “moving back and forth like a cobra.” They went on, “[The figure] kept crouching down on all fours and crawling down the face of the rock.”

Unsurprisingly, the rangers didn’t know what to make of the situation – perhaps because the campers had varied accounts of their unwelcome guest. While some were adamant that it had simply been a naked man, others weren’t so sure. And although one of the rangers bravely set off to locate the mystery interloper, the rest of the crowd were merely left to fret over what they had just witnessed. “Either there was a naked crazy person, a monster or a mountain lion with mange running around, and it had spent at least an hour watching us. No, thank you,” the camper telling the tale added.

8. Fragrance of the forest

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What could be more romantic than a walk in snow-blanketed woods? That was the idyllic scene greeting one hiker on the evening when they caught the familiar waft of perfume. But this individual wasn’t out on a stroll with a loved one. Instead, the smell seemed to have emerged entirely out of thin air.

All alone and deep in the forest, the hiker therefore decided to search for any sign of life nearby – but they couldn’t find a person, a corpse or anything else that could account for the scent. And most bizarrely of all, they could only sniff the perfume in a single spot. When writing on Reddit, the individual also made the spine-chilling observation, “You know what? I just realized I never looked up in the trees.” There goes any chance of sleeping tonight.

7. In the belly of the beast

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Colorado is famed for its glorious landscapes and rich natural scenery. But after one individual hopped into a crevasse in the state in order to study the layers and folds, they came face to face with one of the most disturbing aspects of life in the wilderness.

After plummeting onto a bed of animal fur and bones, the geology enthusiast quickly realized where they were: a mountain lion’s lair. They later wrote on Reddit, “Needless to say, I scrambled the heck out of there as fast as my monkey arms would take me and counted myself lucky that no one was home.”

6. A love letter from the universe

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While out on a field mission on a sparsely populated tundra in Nunavik, Quebec, two workers were perplexed to find a hand-written love letter seemingly waiting for them in the bitter terrain. Yes, when one of the pair kicked over an unassuming rock, they uncovered a note that read simply “Je t’aime” alongside a heart symbol.

“I literally got chills up and down my spine,” a member of the duo later said on Reddit. After all, the odds of the two finding that note so deep in the wild and under that one specific rock certainly seem close to impossible. “I am not a religious or superstitious man, but it felt like the universe or some higher power just reached out and poked me in the chest,” the Reddit commenter added.

5. Swimming with a shark

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When past Yosemite rangers had to meet the demand for fishing at national parks, they came up with an ingenious solution to combat the lack of aquatic creatures in Ostrander Lake. Donkeys were simply loaded up with containers full of fish, with these crates then transported to the Californian attraction. But according to legend, something more dangerous also entered the park’s waters at that time.

And one trail worker seemed to confirm the rumors in their 2015 post on Reddit. They claimed that while they had been enjoying a refreshing swim in the body of water, they’d felt some movement against their leg. It wasn’t just the light touch of a trout, either. As the Redditor explained, “The shadow disappeared into the depths, and I booked it to the shore. And that’s how I met the Ostrander Shark.”

4. The Beaver State bees’ nest

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While walking through Oregon’s lush forests, two pals found themselves in a particularly sticky situation. Initially, they had been spooked by their dog, as the animal had suddenly fled from the path – and apparently for no reason. “I didn’t see anything [in the vicinity], [but] experience had taught me to trust that dog, and I followed,” one of the pair later explained on Reddit.

The other individual didn’t respond so quickly, though, and found themself “running like crazy, followed by a cloud of bees so thick they looked like smoke.” And while both foresters thankfully emerged unscathed, their story is a powerful reminder that danger can just be around the corner when you’re out in nature.

3. The Grouse Lake Ghost

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It should be noted, though, that spooky incidents at national parks certainly aren’t a recent phenomenon. Way back in 1857, Yosemite’s inaugural ranger, Galen Clark, noticed a haunting moan emanating from one of the park’s lakes. And while Clark initially dismissed the cry as that of an animal, local Native Americans offered a much more harrowing explanation.

Clark was informed that long ago a young boy had tragically drowned in the lake. Ever since then, it’s said, his shrieks can be heard near the waters. And even today, visitors to Yosemite are told of the legend of the disturbing Grouse Lake Ghost.

2. Haunted in Kentucky’s caves

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The eerie caverns of Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park make it a likely location for strange goings-on. And, accordingly, there have been countless stories of paranormal activity from park rangers and tourists alike. Perhaps the most enduring of these accounts, though, tells of the grisly fate of explorer Floyd Collins.

The story goes that on one fateful expedition at Mammoth Cave, Collins encountered disaster. Trapped by a falling boulder, he reportedly found himself injured and alone, and when no help came he ultimately fell victim to starvation. It’s even said that Collins’ ghost still roams the caves today.

1. A disturbing cabin encounter

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Deep in the woods of Montana, one ranger stumbled upon a remote, apparently derelict cabin – and witnessed a terrifying scene. Beside the dwelling, he apparently found a shed that someone – or something – seemed to have battered their way out of. And things are said to have only gotten stranger when the ranger peeked into the cabin. There, he allegedly saw a bed that appeared to have been ravaged by a feral beast. Then there was the Native American man in a trance-like state apparently coming towards the park worker.

Yet this perplexing encounter supposedly went from weird to downright bizarre when the ranger returned to investigate the locale the next day. Upon seeing the visitor, the Native American is claimed to have disappeared into the building and bolted the door. And when the ranger peered inside, he apparently couldn’t spot any trace of the man. Then completely out of nowhere, a bear subsequently tore off into the woods. Make of that what you will.

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