Website Submission 1-23-12
Your first name: Rodney
Which county? Wolfe
Estimated date? 6/17/2004
Estimated time? 2:00 am
Nearest city? Campton
Nearest Road(s): Wildcat Trail parking area
Length of time the encounter lasted: 1 hour+
How many witnesses? 2
Please describe your encounter:
We were camping about a mile from the Wildcat Trail parking area. This weekend was very cool, and there weren’t any people around where we were. There was another camp we passed, but it was at least 3/4 mile away, near the parking area. This was the Saturday of our weekend trip, and we had been hanging out by the fire and playing music and singing any song we could think of. We were interrupted by some vocalizations on the ridge above that sounded very similar to the Mississippi recordings. Then very large rocks were being thrown down the hillside towards our camp. We could hear them hitting the trees around us and splashing in the creek, which was near our camping area. I also heard several large knocks, like something was beating a large log against a tree, as I do when breaking up firewood sometimes. At about 3:00 am, it all seemed to end as quickly as it began.
Describe the creature with detail: I never actually saw the creature.
This witness was camping with a friend in an area that borders the Cliffview Wilderness after parking at the Wildcat Trailhead and hiking into the Swift Camp Creek Gorge. The camp was set-up next to a river with cliffs on both sides, an area that stayed cool even in the summer with a high in the low 70s and lows in the 40s at night. That evening was especially dark with only a crescent moon to offer light. The men were playing a guitar around the campfire around 1:30 am and heard a commotion – including vocalizations, knocks and tree shaking – on the ridge above them approximately 150 yards away. The witness described the vocalizations as howls similar to recorded vocalizations thought to be Bigfoot from Mississippi. The men also smelled a foul musty “dog” odor and heard several snorts and growls that were definitely not bear or canine. This commotion continued for over an hour and the two men decided it could not be other people since no lights or fire were ever visible as would have been the case if someone else were sitting up camp. Suddenly, after this hour+ of noise from the ridge, the two men heard a loud thud about 10 feet behind them. They found a rock weighing 10-15 lbs. the next morning that was covered in moss and mud in that spot. At least four additional rocks were thrown during the evening landing near the camp and several additional rocks or sticks were thrown in the water near the camp. The commotion continued for approximately ½ hour after the witnesses retired to their tents to sleep. The next day, the witness reporting this encounter hiked to the ridge that was the site of the commotion the previous evening and did not find any footprints since dense leaves covered the ground. He did, however, find numerous broken branches at a height of about 7.5 feet. One extremely large cedar branch had been torn off a tree and thrown part way down the ridge. There was no evidence of people being in that area – no fire ring, trash, ground disturbances, etc.
I found this witness very credible with a deep understanding of the signs of possible activity. Although this was his first encounter of this type, he had experienced some other strange occurrences in his past that triggered his interest and keen observation techniques. The witness is a former Boy Scout and an avid hiker and camper, and he is very familiar with wildlife sounds and tracking.
– Joy Clay, Lead Investigator