There are lonely stone stairs existing alone in woods or national parks in different nations. Some were constructed over a thousand years ago, while others were constructed many centuries ago, while yet others were constructed in the twentieth century. They are all linked by a sense of mystery since it is unclear what used to be in this location, who constructed a home or a tower in a dense forest far from civilization, and why just a staircase was left behind afterward.
Many tales of strange stairs going to nothing in the midst of the forest can be found on the internet. These are what are known as “urban legends,” and we’ll go through them briefly below.
Steps in Etruscan stone
The Etruscan pyramid of Bomarzo is one of the oldest and most remarkable woodland staircases. This is an enigmatic construction with many stairs cut in stone from various directions at the same time. It was most likely built between 700 and 400 BC, and it is currently hard to identify for what reason this isolated edifice was built. It was most likely a sacrifice altar, according to scientists.
It takes a lengthy trek through the Bomarzo woodland to discover this “altar,” so it wasn’t really a hidden gem. That is why they just started exploring this structure in 2008, after discovering it in 1991. Although this stairwell has been assigned to the Etruscan civilisation, it more closely resembles a product of culture… Maya. In addition, despite its official designation, this item is not pyramidal in form. Unknown craftsman carved the edges and steps in the sides of a massive megalith extremely nicely.
Stairs in the Cambodian jungle
A 600-meter stone stairway covered with vines slowly ascends the slope of Phnom Kulen Mountain in the Cambodian province of Siem Reap. Pleu Cere is its name, although it is exclusively used by archaeologists. The date of construction of this staircase is estimated to be between the 9th and 13th centuries AD, however, this is merely an estimate since it is unclear whose civilization created it and for what purpose. It may be many millennia older.
There are also remnants of the ancient city of Mahendraparvat on Mount Phnom Kulen, which have been fully consumed by the forest and may have been reached through the steps. However, there are quarries on the mountain where stones were excavated for the building of Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s wonder palace. As a result, the staircase might have been created in the 12th century to let laborers go to the quarries.
Staircase of Madame Sherri
Another stone staircase may be found deep in the woodland in the British county of New Hampshire, near the town of Chesterfield. Its look might lead you to believe it is likewise extremely old, yet it was erected in the 1920s. Madame Antoinette Sherry, a Parisian vocalist, dreamt of having her own British “castle” as a holiday retreat.
Despite its small size, the home finally turned out to be rather spectacular, with a wide stone stairway built in the Middle Ages traditions standing out. The “castle’s” second level was reached through a stairway with Roman arches. Madame Sherri was said to host lavish and raucous parties at this home, but her income plummeted dramatically after a few years, and she could no longer afford to maintain the “castle.” In 1962, there was a major fire, and the summer home was entirely destroyed. A stone staircase and a foundation are all that are left.
People prefer to snap photographs of themselves on Madame Sherri’s stone stairway, which is now a major tourist destination. They believe there is something odd going on here. By the way, the cause of the “castle” fire has yet to be discovered.
The Lost Time Ladder
This narrative is said to have been recounted by a tracker called Torkik who was looking for persons who had vanished in the Philippine bush. Torkik stumbled upon two staircases heading up someplace in the wilds while hunting for another missing individual. The first staircase was built of a stone-like substance with elaborate designs, while the second was made of genuine stone.
Torkik would not have climbed them at any other time, but an enraged-looking wild dog rushed out to the stairwell, and Torkik rapidly started climbing one of the stairwell’s steps. Torkik climbed down the steps and returned to the forest ranger headquarters after waiting a couple of hours for the dog to go away. Everyone was taken aback by his appearance, and then someone said that he had been dismissed a long time ago. Torkik had been missing for 5 years, it turned out!
Stairs that vanish
This anecdote was related to a guy who worked as an animal infectious disease expert in the 1940s. He was once requested to participate in research on disease analysis in the forest region, which was expected to take a few weeks at most but ended up lasting six years. The expert spent most of his time in a woodland camp, and other project participants reported seeing weird wooden staircases in the forest, as though from destroyed buildings, emitting signals at an unusual frequency.
Several researchers put up a makeshift tent 30 meters from such a stairway one day, only to discover that the staircase had vanished when they awoke the next morning. And a huge coal mark was discovered in the evening where she lay, as though from something burning. “This stairway was seen the following two days again, although this time it was 50 meters from the camp. The researchers attempted to gather samples and break a chip off the step, but they were unable to do so since it was as hard as stone.” After 6 days, the staircase vanished once again, this time for good.
Sweden’s Ghost Stairs
On a woodland trek, two Swedish students named Isaac and Axel stumbled into a clearing in the midst of which there was a lonely stairway to nowhere. They were perplexed as to why she was here and decided to climb to the top. They were both on the very last higher step when they heard a dreadful heart-wrenching cry that didn’t cease. Both males slid down the steps and fled in a panic.
When they came to a halt a little while later, Axel felt a touch on his shoulder. When the young guy turned around, he saw no one, and Isaac was standing in the other way, unable to help him. The touch, according to Axel, was quite frigid.
The dangerous stairs
On behalf of a rookie park ranger who has not yet finished his ranger training, this anecdote was shared on Reddit. This man and an elderly ranger stumbled upon a lonely wooden stairway in the dense forest one day. They were perplexed, so the senior ranger started to ascend the stairs. When he reached the top, he unintentionally grabbed a tree limb, and something unexpected occurred… his hand was severed. The brush slipped down the steps and was never discovered, and the senior ranger almost died while the young one sought assistance.
Another ranger afterward noticed a lone stairway and a female visitor who chose to climb it in the same area. Nothing occurred upstairs, but when she walked downstairs, she died unexpectedly. The pathologist discovered she had a burst aorta when she was transported to the hospital.