Fear is a natural part of life. It is in fact an essential piece when it comes to survival. Many adventurers seek thrill and wander into the woods in search of their inner spirits. But not all of us can be that brave and walk into a forest, especially after dark. When the sun sets and the cold breeze touches our skin, we all get that eerie feeling that makes us feel the need to seek a safer place. The fear of forests or heavily wooded areas is known as Hylophobia and the fear of wooded areas at night is known as Nyctohylophobia. Here are 7 haunted forests from around the world to get your Hylophobia and Nyctohylophobia kick in.
1. Aokigahara Forest – Mount Fuji, Japan.
The Aokigahara forest in Japan is the world’s second most popular suic*de location. Also known as Suic*de Forest or Sea of Trees, the forest is rich with deposits of magnetic iron in the area’s volcanic soil. This renders compasses useless and make people believe that the Aokigahara trees generate paranormal activity. It is thought that the trees prevent their soul from escaping the depths of the forest. The vast forest contains signs throughout the trees that read,
“Your life is a precious gift from your parents. Please consult the police before you decide to die!”
Though authorities put massive efforts to help those in need, around 70 corpses are found annually within the forests by volunteers who clean the woods.
2. Devil’s Tramping Ground, North Carolina.
The Devil’s Tramping Ground is a spot located in a forest near the Harper’s Crossroads area in North Carolina. The spot has been the subject of a local legend that a Devil “tramps” and haunts the barren circle on the ground and prevents anything from growing. The popular legend also says that if one places anything in the center, no matter how big it is, it will be thrown back overnight to create space for the Devil to dance. Several people have come forward claiming to have witnessed red glowing eyes in the middle of the spot.
3. The Black Forest, Germany.
Located along the Rhine River in Southern Germany, the densely covered forest is filled with pine trees and fir – thus blocking any light from entering the forest at night. The forest is known for many tales that include death and misery.
4. Hoia-Baciu, Romania.
The Hoia-Baciu Forest is considered as one of the world’s most haunted forests. Situated near Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the forest spans an area of over a mile and is often referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of the country. Visitors have often reported feelings of anxiety and feelings of being constantly watched while roaming through the dense forest. Locals who live nearby do not enter it because of the stories and legends that have been handed down to them from their ancestors.
5. Old House Woods, Virginia.
Old House Woods in Virginia is known for its bizarre and mysterious legends. People who wander into the forest report it to be at least 10 degrees cooler than the usual temperature. Also, several have reported sightings of mysterious floating objects within the forest. According to the local legend, a band of pirates hid their treasures in the forest but died in a storm while trying to retrieve it.
6. Ballyboley Forest, Northern Ireland.
First planted in 1957, Ballyboley Forest is currently under an outbreak of Japanese Larch disease. In 1997, while two men were roaming the woods, they heard a woman cry for help. When they approached the source of the scream, they saw a tree that was streaked with blood. The scared men ran for their lives but not before seeing four motionless figures staring at them. Though many such stories about the forest exists, the locals believe them to be fictional.
7. Isla de las Muñecas.
The “La Isla de la Muñecas,” or the Island of the Dolls has a tragic tale behind it. The small island which is located off of Mexico City had only one inhabitant, Don Julian Santana. According to the locals, about 50 years ago, a young girl drowned in the lake. To honor her, Santana devoted his life in a unique, fascinating and somewhat unnerving way. Since the discovery of the drowned girl, Santana collected and hung dolls and eventually transformed the island into a bizarre place. He continued the weird tradition for over 50 years until his death in 2001. By then, Santana had already hung thousands of dolls that he collected from the canal. He also accumulated dolls by trading them for the produce that he grew. In 2001, Santana drowned in the very same canal as the young girl. Many believe the dolls to be possessed, while some believe that the dolls are guardians of the island.
Which one scared you the most? Let us know through the comments section.