Dark, Dense, wild and, spooky. I know you’re getting goosebumps. Mysterious and spooky places have always attracted me, because there’s so much “unknown” about them. You have heard of haunted houses, haunted streets, haunted villas and even haunted schools. Have you ever heard of haunted forests? Can you even imagine acres and acres of land filled with mystery and spookiness. I combined a list of world’s 10 most haunted forests in increasing order of their spookiness.
The Black Forest, Germany
The forest is as creepy as its name sounds This forest is located in southwestern Germany and is on the banks of the river Rhine. It is said that in ancient times, the forest used to be the home of witches and werewolves. The place has many sinister, magical and dark legends associated with it.
A better name of this forest would be the “place of suicide”. As you enter the forest, you’ll be greeted with a warning sign that reads “Life is a precious gift”. In 2003 105 bodies were found in the forest. In 2010, almost 200 people attempted suicide there. The number of deaths in the forests led to the forest’s reputation of being “haunted”.
Wychwood Forest, England
Although there are no scary deaths associated with this forest but, people who have entered it say they have seen the appearance of a crying child in a horse carriage. There is a story about the ghost of Amy Robsart the Earl of Leicester. The ghost told him that he would die within 10 days, and it really happened.
Elfin Forest, California
This forest in California is one of the most haunted place in the U.S. Elfin Forest is believed to have been the home of American Indians, because there were several artifacts in the place. There are many horrifying sightings by hikers in the forest of of white-clad ghost women, bloody trees, and mysterious horsemen.
Epping Forest, England
Epping Forest is known to be hiding place of many criminals and the most renowned among them was Dick Turpin in the 18th century. From its appearance as well, this forest has looks very creepy. Many also say the forest is home to the spirit of legendary Celtic queen Boudicca, who lived around 60AD The forest also saw many wars.
Devil ’s Tramping Ground, North Carolina, United States
There is a circular patch of barren land in the middle of this forest. According to the local legend, this circle is where the devil comes at night.
Many claim that no one has ever spent a night in this circle. Even dogs get scared when they set foot here.
Isla de las Munecas, Mexico
At first glance you won’t find anything paranormal about this forest until you see puppets and dolls hanging from trees. Locals say that the first doll was hung there in honor of a little girl who was found drowned on the island. The forest guards claimed that the doll was possessed by the spirit of the girl. But her spirit didn’t seem appeased, so more dolls were hung in order to appease her. Today there are so many dolls hanging from thee trees that the forest looks nothing but scary!
Dow Hill Forest, India
This forest surrounds the Dow Hills Victoria Boys school, which happens to be in one of the most haunted places in India. Many times in the school, people can hear footstep sounds from the forest.
People visiting the forest say that they feel as if they are being watched and even spot red eyes watching them sometimes.
Pine Barrens, New Jersey
Pine Barrens are said to be the home of the Jersey devil, which is described as resembling a kangaroo-like creature with a horse’s face, dog’s head, wings like a bat, and horns and tails.
As per the locals, a woman named Deborah Leeds had her 13th child. The woman frustrated by childbirth screamed and said, “Let it be a devil”. At birth, the child had claws, nails and wings. He killed his mother, brother and midwife, then disappeared. People say that it is what terrorizes the animals and humans.
Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania
This forest tops the list of world’s most haunted forests. This forest is considered the most haunted place in Romania, because a military engineer photographed something claimed to be a UFO in a part of the forest in 1968.
Hoia Baciu Forest is considered quite strange, the trees here grow with unique patterns, such as zig zag and spiral. Tourists who visit at night report strange, anxious, nauseous feelings, and feel like someone is watching. In fact, it is known as the ‘Bermuda Triangle of Romania’.