If you’re willing to treat the creepy Reddit or Creepypasta stories about staircases in the woods as fiction, you might end up fascinated by these rare findings and by the stories behind them. Now they might lead nowhere but at one point they took people’s steps to safety. Let’s look at some of the most mysterious stairs in the woods from around the world.
1. Madame Sherri’s Staircase, United States
Address: West Chesterfield, NH 03466, United States
Located in the Forest of Madame Sherri in New Hampshire, they were once the stairs of the designer’s lavish mansion. Her talent had thrown her into a crowd that loved partying and having a good time, so she decided to use her summer home to entertain her friends. After a while, she ended up broke and had to abandon the building, as she couldn’t afford the upkeep. A fire in 1962 burned the mansion to the ground, and the stairs are the only part of it left.
The staircases are the subject of all sorts of supernatural stories and controversies, some people saying that Madame Sherri was running a prostitution ring.
2. The stairs on Mount Phnom Kulen, Cambodia
Address: Phnom Kulen National Park
These 2000 ft long stairs are located in Cambodia, in the province of Siem Reap. Called “Pleu Cere” by the local community, it was a mystery until archeologists started studying them and came to the conclusion that they were actually built around the 10th century. Even though now they go up to the top of Mount Phnom Kulen, in the old times they might have been connected to the ancient city Mahendraparvata.
3. Etruscan Pyramid of Bomarzo, Italy
Address: 01020 Bomarzo, Province of Viterbo, Italy
The altar was discovered in 1990, and it’s believed to have been built in the 6th century. It can be visited near the Park of Monsters in Bormazo, Italy. What’s even weirder about them is that narrow sacrificial gutters run down parallel with the steps. The blood of sacrificed animals or humans at the top of the altar used to flow to the base of the stairs, in holes destined to feed either the spirits of nature or the gods of the underworld.
Why are there stairs in the woods?
Some believe in these occurrences, some think it’s just fiction, but too many people claim finding ruined cobbled stairs, or random stairs in the middle of the forest. Most of these stories have a touch of paranormal to them, but I have to admit, some sound very creepy, especially since they come from rangers or people who work in forests or national parks.
Besides them being believed to be related to unexplained disappearances, alien abductions, or portals to other dimensions, it’s quite plausible the stairs are parts of ruins, entrances to mines, patches left of long gone roads or paths, or were simply built as part of a bigger structure and abandoned. Either way, stairs that don’t lead anywhere might give people a feeling of anxiety, so them being connected to paranormal events is explicable.
If you find any real mysterious stairs in the woods, take a photo, and post the location, so other people can check them out as well.