Summer is the perfect time for people to go hiking and camping. While most out-door adventurers worry about taking safety precautions against the weather, bugs, and wild animals, most do not even think about the possibility of running into something much more mysterious.
Yet every year, numerous reports emerge of eerie creatures being sighted among the thick trees in the woods. Below is a list of some of the more popular cryptids that have been sighted throughout the years. Perhaps next time you go into the woods, you will spot one yourself.
The Wood Devils
Seen around Coos County, New Hampshire since the 1930s, these creatures have been described as looking very Bigfoot-esque. They are typically around 7-9 feet tall wih long, shaggy tan-grey hair.
Unlike other Bigfoots, Wood Devils hide behind trees when they see a human coming. If there is no place to hide, the Woods Devil will stand completely still. Throughout the years, many outdoorsmen and campers have heard the screams of these creatures echoing throughout the woods.
The Whirling Whimpus
Another Bigfoot like creature, the Whirling Whimpus is said to be responsible for the deaths of numerous lumberjacks in the North American Woods. It is said to look like a 7ft tall gorilla, with a fat black body and legs that have hooves, that will hide behind a bend of a trail while a human walks by.
As soon as the victim walks closer, the Whirling Whimpus will spin around on one hoof quickly, so as to become almost invisible. While doing this it will make a low humming sound that seems like it is coming from the trees above. When the prey looks up, the Whimpus will attack.
Devil Monkeys are large baboon-like primates that are being spotted in forested areas of Flagstaff Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado, among other places They are described as being 4-5 ft tall, very quick, having sharp pointed faces, long springy legs, and 3 toed razor claw feet.
The first sighting took place in 1934 in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, when reports of a creature that could jump extremely high began to surface. The first official sighting of the Devil Monkey came in 1959 as a couple who was driving through the mountains on their way home in Saltville, Virginia when their car was attacked.
The ape-like beast left three scratches on their car. Two days later, two nurses from the Saltville area were driving home when a similar creature ripped the convertible top form their car.
Reports continued throughout the years, with many of them involving the Devil Monkeys attacking local animals. One couple in 2006 came home to find a “devil-like” creature attacking their dog.
The Flatwoods Monster can be sighted in both Flatwoods and Frametown, West Virginia. The monster is said to be about 10ft tall, and it looks like it is in some sort of space suit or robotic armor.
It has a cowl in the shape of an ace of spades, a huge round head, two large eyes that glow green-orange. The Body is a metallic armor structured with thick vertical pipes.
The very first report of the Flatwoods Monster came on Sept 12th, 1952 after three boys saw a bright object fall from the sky and land in an acre of land belonging to a local farmer. They ran home, grabbed a small search party, and went to the farm to see what the boys had seen. Upon reaching the site, the group saw a huge ball of fire.
They also saw two small lights over to the left of the object. When he put his flashlight on the lights it revealed a creature which hissed and began gliding towards them before changing directions. The day after this incident, a couple driving home had their car come to a sudden stop. A sulfuric odor filled the air. They then saw the Flatwoods Monster standing in front of them.
Lone Pine Mountain Devil
This creature is a winged carnivore that lives in the West Coast. Some believe it is related to the Jersey Devil. The animal is said to be large, furry, multi-winged, and have razor sharp talons.
Its beak also contains rows upon rows of venomous fangs. Sightings began back with the early settlers, including the Forty-niners, who began spreading the tale after numerous coyote and bobcat carcasses were found laying about in the dessert.
There were also stories of prospectors found with unrecognizable facial features and torsos eaten clean to the bone. Although sightings were frequent early on, they eventually diminished in the early 1900s.
Although sightings were scarce for 100 years, starting in 2003, there has been an increase once again of reported Mountain Devil Sightings.
This cryptid has made two appearances so far. The first one was in Fresno California while the other was in Yosemite National Park. In both instances, it was only caught on video. The creature appears to be only around 4ft high.
It is extremely thin with a white humanoid body. However, it does not seem to have any arms, and appears to be wearing a white gown or cloak. According to some Native Americans, Nightcrawlers have existed on Earth for a long time. They are thought to have come from a planet that was mostly swampland.
The Jersey Devil is one of the most talked about creatures in cryptozoology. It is said to terrorize the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. This creature supposedly had huge bat wings, hooves, horns, and a forked tail.
Reports of the Jersey Devil include wailing in the forest at night, the slaughter of domestic animals, footprints, and of course, sightings of the Devil himself.
One of the most memorable group encounters occurred during January of 1909. During this time, the newspapers published hundreds of accounts on the Jersey Devil.
Some of these accounts included the Jersey Devil attacking a trolley and a social club. Although there have not been as dramatic sightings recently, there are still those who claim to have seen the Jersey Devil today.
In fact, for many who inhabit the area, it is almost expected that they will have a Jersey Devil sighting during some point in their lifetime.