Deserted Staircases in the Woods


Araby Scott, Contributor

Forests, national parks, and deep woods are often home to mystery. The stories range form missing persons to alien encounters, but one of the most mysterious tales are of the stairs in the woods.  The first popular story came from reddit user searchandrescuewoods who claimed to be employed by a search and rescue team. He posted six stories relating to his work in search and rescue, the last story mentioned his encounters with stairs in the national forest he worked in. In his post he stated, “I’m talking 30 or 40 miles, at some point we’ll find a staircase in the middle of the woods. It’s almost like if you took the stairs in your house, cut them out, and put them in the forest.” This comment garnered a lot of attention, the top comment on the original post was an inquire about the stairs, “the most is the thing about the staircases…. say what? Are these like ruins or just some random staircases?”(User bluRnbw)

Preceding this post a plethora of stories with similar claims of staircases. Most of the stairs were seen in the US, but this phenomenon can be found in forests all over the world. Portuguese reddit user Dosaki stated, “About the stairs… I’ve seen a few stairs leading up to nowhere in Portuguese forests and fields. They don’t look creepy. Perhaps the only unsettling thing about them is that there were no visible signs of that area ever having a building.”

Most of the stories mentioned the fact that they were told not to go near the stairs. In the original post by searchandrescuewoods, he wrote “I wanted to go check them out, but I was told, very emphatically, that I should never go near any of them.” A user by the name of Oektem commented, “We know that we shouldn’t go near them and avoid them when we run into one. That’s what I’ve been told by my family”.

There have been some explanations given, some paranormal, and others scientific. They could be from a structure that was previously in the woods, or discarded from construction in the area. Other theories include alien encounter, a portal to the underworld, or another dimension, or possibly a meeting site for cults and secret societies. There is no shortage of paranormal claims when people attempted to climb or even just approach the stairs.

One particularly terrifying story comes from user dankone10 who found these ominous stairs whilst on a walk in the woods; “I went up the backstairs, and took one last look at the woods as I was still processing. Right at the edge of the property where the trail starts, the same spot where I was standing, stood a dark overgrown figure, staring at me. His eyes looked like they were big and black…I opened up the door and screamed for my mom and dad…no sound came out but I assure you..I tried.” A considerably large amount of the posts on the stairs are paired with the sighting of a figure with no face except for a pair of black eyes.

It is likely that some of the encounters are just pieces of fiction or heavily embellished, but true or not, the stories are truly disturbing.