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Is Bigfoot Really in Pennsylvania?
Bigfoot is known for inhabiting remote parts of the globe, far out of the way places rarely trekked by humans. Washington State, the Himalayas, and Northern Canada are all known as hot Bigfoot areas; after all, dense forests scattered with few people are what has helped the big guy stay hidden for all of these years.
You can't find Bigfoot just anywhere. You have to look far off the beaten path to catch up with this hairy hominid. If Bigfoot were as common as most forest creatures people would have captured him, categorized him, and capitalized on him long ago. It stands to reason that a cryptid of his size could only elude us by sticking to the least-traveled of places.
So what’s Bigfoot doing in Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania is one of the original Colonies, long ago settled and cleared of any large and dangerous animals. How did Bigfoot manage to stick around in a state where the Eastern Cougar has been hunted to extinction?
In fact, Bigfoot is spotted all over the east. States such as Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, and New Hampshire all claim their share of sightings. So much for hiding out in the Pacific Northwest. Bigfoot is spotted everywhere! Sure these states have their share of deep forest, but they are far more populated than those remote spaces we normally associate with Sasquatch.
It is an intriguing mystery. What is Bigfoot's secret for staying hidden for so long in the eastern states, and how often is he really seen in Pennsylvania?
This page talks about some of the most famous Bigfoot sightings from Pennsylvania, as well as speculation on how such a huge creature can remain undetected by mainstream science.
This page has also turned into a place for people who have encountered Bigfoot in PA to share their stories. As you see from the comments below this article, Bigfoot appears to be alive and well in Pennsylvania.
Bigfoot Sightings in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania consists of vast stretches of woods and state game lands, dense forests thick with evergreens, and other ancient trees. In that respect, it is conceivable that a big creature like Bigfoot would have the space and the woodlands needed to survive.
On the other hand, Pennsylvania is also teeming with hunters, some with itchy trigger fingers. How has Bigfoot remained hidden for so long in a state packed with armed men constantly tromping through the woods?
Nevertheless, alleged Bigfoot sightings in Pennsylvania abound, and there have been some intriguing cases. One of the most famous pieces of Bigfoot evidence to come out of Pennsylvania is the Jacobs Photos.
In September of 2007, a game camera in Northwest PA captured what appears to be a baby Sasquatch. While the creature appears on all fours, it has the look of a biped bending down.
Now known as the Jacobs Photos, this is one of the few examples of Bigfoot allegedly caught on a game camera. The Jacob's Photos have become well known in the Bigfoot hunter community, but the jury is still out on what the thing in the picture really is.
Another interesting case came from the other end of the state, from a town called Carbondale near the city of Scranton. In 2010 a white Bigfoot was reported wandering about by residents of the town. Carbondale is surrounded by woodlands, but the town itself is fairly urban.
Interstate 80 runs through the heart of Pennsylvania, and through some of the thickest forests. It is the setting for many of the state's sightings, but it also should be considered that most people on an interstate are traveling at a fairly high speed, and black bears are common in PA. There is certainly room for error.
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Why Is Bigfoot in Pennsylvania?
It might seem strange that a state like Pennsylvania would have a Bigfoot problem, but PA has a couple of things going for it that may make it attractive to any furry ape-man. For one thing, the Appalachian Mountains run straight through the heart of Pennsylvania.
Some Sasquatch researchers think the Appalachians may hide a strong population of Sasquatches, and it's only reasonable to think they would spread out along the fringes of the mountain range. In fact, Northeastern Pennsylvania is sometimes called the Endless Mountain region, though to residents of the Pacific Northwest they'd probably look more like the Endless Hills.
The point is, there is plenty of room for Bigfoot, especially if it doesn't require a large breeding population to thrive.
Secondly, farming is still huge in Pennsylvania, with dairy farms and cornfields occupying massive amounts of land.
How is this helpful to Bigfoot? Well, if we look back at a legendary creature called the Grassman that is said to haunt Ohio and western Pennsylvania, what we seem to have is a Sasquatch population that has learned to consume farmed crops.
And why not? It would only stand to reason that an intelligent hominid would learn to take advantage of whatever food sources were available, and that might mean swiping a little wheat or corn from time to time.
So, while the open farms and fields of rural PA might seem like a hindrance to a seven-foot ape guy who wants to stay hidden, they may actually be part of what makes it possible for Bigfoot to thrive here.
Together, the woodlands and farms of Pennsylvania appear to be great Bigfoot habitat.
How does it happen that Bigfoot could remain hidden in a state as populated and long-established as Pennsylvania? It's hard to imagine Bigfoot has somehow crept back east under the cover of darkness or hitched a ride of the back of some semi-truck. If Bigfoot is in Pennsylvania, he has to have been here the whole time. How is it that nobody knows about this?
Could Bigfoot be some kind of cave-dwelling creature that lives deep in the earth and rarely comes out? Could Bigfoot somehow be linked with UFOs, who are monitoring the creature, removing dead bodies, and making sure Bigfoot never gets captured? If so, why?
Could Bigfoot be a forest spirit, an apparition, and not a living animal at all?
Bigfoot vs Hunters in PA
Share Your Sightings of Bigfoot in Pennsylvania or another eastern state!
Bryon on April 26, 2020:
I believe and always have believed that Bigfoot comes from another dimension they take their wounded they're sick and their dad back through their own portals to where they come from. That's my belief on why there's never been any skeletons found of Bigfoot. How many bear carcasses is ever been found if you really want to get down and argue the matter. To each their own and that is my belief.
Believer 723 on February 23, 2020:
My daughter lives in Ligonier, Westmoreland Co. PA. I live in Derry where a famous bigfoot sighting occurred yrs ago. My husban ourd & I went through Derry Ridge one day heading up to Ligonier. Many have been spotted up there. The road is long and winding and we were driving very slowly because it was a beautiful day. I love drives through the woods. We rounded a bend and right next to the road a tree was broken in half about ten feet up. It was a very live tree as I could see the inside. The broken part came straight down over the road blocking us from passing through. I had a small Pontiac Sunfire then. Hubby got out of the car and steered me off road to where I could pass under it. I had a very weird feeling something was watching us and fear crept into me for no reason. Hubby got back in the car and we finished our treck up to Ligonier. I never wanted to go that way again because I felt bigfoot might actually show himself next time. My daughter has seen UFO's in Ligonier at least 6 times. Once sitting in the Giant Eagle parking lot waiting for her son to come out, she was having a smoke & one drifted over her car very slowly. Stopped and hovered for a minute then drifted slowly away, then just shot straight up & gone. She was terrified she told me. She walks along a walking path now there and heard a very low grunt by the water (Creek) that runs next to the path's beginning. It was very loud and gutteral. I said,that was a bigfoot. They are known to do that. Since that day she has seen UFO's twice.I truly believe they must travel in them. I believe they are nephilim (Fallen Angels) the bible talks about that mated with humans and animals. These ones were created to mine gold. We have caves here in Derry and I think they hide in the caves when they aren't out hunting for food. Some seem docile around humans and others are aggressive and mean. I want to see one but only from the safe place of my car far away from me. LOL.
Rick Punihaole on October 12, 2019:
I believe, Bigfoot is a very intelligent humanoid that lives in family and or groups and together they look out for each other by vocal means even imitating other animals like owls ect. I also believe that they use caves and underground and up in the trees. They are the ultimate outdoor survivalist.
Frank Harris on September 30, 2019:
Bigfoot is obviously one with his surroundings. Hunters only visit the woods, and only pay attention to their target prey. They rarely even consider looking at their surroundings from a prey point of view. Ever walk through the woods, and have your neck hair stand straight up, for no apparent reason? That's an autonomous prey reaction.
D. P. Dave Bebout on August 27, 2019:
I was a kid playing in the woods near my home maybe 12 yrs old or so? Running home one evening so not to be late for supper while still in the woods I spotted something BIG moving on my right. I came to a immediate STOP and looked to my right to see what this was? Not knowing what I was looking at - my brain couldn't register with I thought IT WAS or what it could be? It appeared to watching CARS going by and say me it stepped behind a tree and began to Peek out at me moving / swaying from side to side peeking out on each side of the tree at me. I watched it for a few minutes and just could NOT tell myself what it was? Big and a bit Redish in color with some sun shining on its fur? All of a sudden I just had to RUN out of the woods never saying a WORD of what I saw until just ten years ago or so - now I am 73 + still not sure What I Saw?
Parker on May 04, 2019:
As long as I have been on this planet I have observed that humans overrate themselves when it comes to intelligence. We most often berate the intelligence of what we call animals and some just plain view animals as dumb animals. Bigfoot is not just an animal. They are hominids. Human and beast. Obviously they are intelligent and use this to protect what they have......family and their safe solitude. If the roles were reversed and we were the ones being hunted and encroached upon, to what lengths would you go to stay out of sight from harm and keep your family safe. The will to live is perhaps the strongest and most powerful drive of any animal or human "kind".
IF-X on April 21, 2019:
Simply put the susquatch are masters of their environment. They are far more intelligent than we are when it comes to remaining elusive and undetected in that environment. I grew up in the rural woods in Ohio and was a huge Sasquatch critic. I laughed when I heard of sightings or viewed the many blurring pics. I retired after 23 years of active duty military in the special forces. I currently live in Virginia and work for the federal government in the intelligence community. I have a TS clearance which I’ve maintained the majority of my military career. Do I believe in Bigfoot? No, because I’ve never seen one for myself. Do the I believe in the possibility of a bipedal hominid? One that could remain undetected in the vast wildernesses around the world? Why not when there were 6 other bipedal hominid species that once inhabited the earth “at the same time” and “along side us”. We’re here isn’t possible at least 1 of the 6 are too? I excepted this train of thought after a few experiences I’ve personally witnessed which I cannot explain.
Joe on April 08, 2019:
He's just an old Indian myth....lol! I lived in the wood for 15 years and hiked every day from early A.M and did not return til after dark without a flashlight.....and nothing but deer and black bear. Once you get this Bigfoot nonsense in your head then every sound or shadow is a bigfoot. I used to walk up on animals in the pitch black darkness in the middle of the woods and they would snort at me and run off from just a few feet away. The only thing I feared in the woods at night was other people. I had no light so they never saw me but they had flashlights and big mouth so I saw them and would just lay down until they passed. Sometimes they would say things like "did you hear that" and it was just me scurrying to hide. They must have thought I was a bigfoot. So funny.
a.believer on March 22, 2019:
I live in sw pa, about 15-20 min outside Pittsburgh. Where I live there are woods around my house, and live on top of a hill in a small housing plan. I will say the woods are not extremely dense, with one cluster of woods behind my house backing to a community park with ball fields, etc, but have had some strange experiences and a possible sighting. It was probably about 1-2 years ago now, (time flys!) and my family and I had heard loud bangs at the early hours of the morning, against the side of our house. A few of these bangs actually rattled the house, but all seemed to occur on the left side of the house, up near the roof. We have vinyl siding on the top portion of our home, the bottom being brick. My bedroom is at the front of the house on that side and the wall on which my headboard sits is the wall on which these bangs occurred. These all occurred somewhere around 3 in the morning, and were so loud as if something extremely heavy (large brick or stone, or baseball hit with a bat) was just being thrown with force at the top of our home up near the eave of the roof. One particular night I heard this, as I was laying awake on my phone, as I am now, and something compelled me to get out of bed and look out my window. I looked out the side of my blinds and saw a dark large figure in the middle of our street, probably about 2-3 houses down, illuminated by the street lights. I was shocked at what I was seeing, and didn’t want to call out to anyone in the case this thing may hear me yell from where I was at my window. I bolted out of my room and down the stairs, told my mother to come to the formal living room which is below my bedroom, but when I got to the window the figure was gone. I can say it was very large and scared me, even being in my home. To this day I feel it was a Sasquatch, but I wish someone else would have seen it to conclude, or that I would have had my phone in hand to take a photo, as I threw it down on my bed when I got up to take a look out my window.
green herb on December 31, 2018:
The elusive master is quite real in our physical world and spiritual realm. I can go in the forest or just about anywhere in Carbon, Monroe and probably anywhere, in the northeast, and find its picture, and no not a photo, but obscurely engraved or obscurely carved totem stones from the Original Peoples, of the land, and you dont have to try to see the images like some,people say if you look hard enough a picture can be seen even in a turd. Well guess what you can see it without intent. The indians and the big foot have a relationship as old as time itself
Beth Hassel on October 30, 2018:
Bigfoot knows you're there when you enter the forest and therefore can easily avoid you presence
stephen b on October 28, 2018:
my wife and I were down at the river below sunny slops above kennerdale and there were large rocks or boulders being thrown into the river . by the sound of them and the splash they were to large and far into the river for someone normal to be throwing them (20 of them and they were landing in the middle of the river out from us. I yelled a couple of things about the stones and it stopped for a little while and then another down below where we were . it struck us kind of weird as there was no one anywhere behind us and across the river there is nothing but steep forest terrain. this were not just stones they were large boulders that really made a kerplop with a large splash . by the distance and size of these rocks we were dumbfounded.
N8 on October 17, 2018:
We were on a trip back from pittsburg and I saw a large figure squatting over a drain pipe near a little shack with a chicken coop. It was maybe 4 ft tall when squatting. It was big. I saw another one the same night about half an hour later in the little lawn of a little house by a little tree. It was about 6 and a half feet tall and was thick and hairy. It looked like shaqilo oneil with an absurdly thick body and hair.
Raw265 on October 16, 2018:
in December 26th of 2017 I heard this incredible Roar in the woods and the deer were running around blowing like crazya month later around the second week of January I heard another Roar that was so loud it vibrated my windows in my house and I heard a deer blowing again February 7th of 2018 I was coming home from a doctor's appointment 5 minutes from my house in Armstrong County Pennsylvania and I saw two Bigfoot standing on a powerline one was a male because he wasn't wearing no underwear and the other one look like a female this was at noon in broad daylight with 1 inch of snow on the ground and the dang thing was about 9 foot tall about 750 pounds and the other one was a lot smaller so I know they exist because I've been hunting for 34 years and this is the first time I've ever seen them and this location again was Armstrong County on Lower mateer Road about 200 yards off the Westmoreland County border
James Howard on October 12, 2018:
in 1986 the game warden for potter county made plaster casts of tracks that were on game lands 59 the mountains in that area have always had and continue to have "oddities"
Josie walthour on September 11, 2018:
He's real,seen him heard him run my car jumped from ground was no bear, l think we need to leave him alone he's not bothering anyone leave him alone
Dustin on September 03, 2018:
As an avid hunter I've spent loads of time hunting and fishing in some of the densest of woods and mountains in Sullivan county Pa. The territory is very mountainous thick and tough hiking. I've found countless caves and rock outcroppings that could constitute structure or shelter. Furthermore as a hunter I know a deer will hold in thick cover as close as 10 yards away and let a human pass right by. I have also have yet to stumble across a carcass of a black bear that has died naturally which is one of the biggest arguments i hear. Why has no one found one dead. We as humans tend to take the easiest path when walking in the woods. Animals don't evade capture by doing the same
wilde313 on August 27, 2018:
i got some these things near my house , starting 3-5 years ago i think it was , just got creepier and creepier until i saw last year , seems they ( or at least one ) come in around june'ish , summer when foliage is at its FULL growth as this area IS NOT far in the woods , it is next to trailer park AND 5 little league fields and a playground.but they creeping 20-25 feet from main road . they/it leaves every year past 3-5 years sept or oct , depending on the growth they need to get close in to houses . when foliage is at its peak i dont think people realize just HOW CLOSE they really are .
Steven Yenser on August 18, 2018:
Pennsylvania has most continuous woodland in 48 states ,smelled some pungent stench one day around the house on fox run 17960 very rugged terrain for pa.cliffs swamp creek, was raised in the woods avid whitewater guide 18 years hunter 35 years was no skunk fox plus mountain lions spotted in neighborhood past years eagles bears good luck searching was looking on intenet about sasquatch that week of the unknown odor ,strange
Bilhol on August 16, 2018:
I think Bigfoot follows the AT (Appalachian Trail) its 1300 miles long & goes through 13 states, from Maine To Georgia. My sighting was in Jersey just off the trail near Bear Swamp.
Squatchifile on August 14, 2018:
It's a theory that their fur/hair is dichromatic thus rendering them capable to self camouflage by re
flecting the exact coloration of their surroundings. There are a lot of bear in PA alot but even living in an area adjacent to some vast tracts of Allegheny National Forest I don't see them alot. Give the creature some intelligence and the ability to self camouflage and the odds of being commonly observed decrease 10 fold but that's just my hypothesis.
MtnMedic22 on August 14, 2018:
I have spent many years in the wilds of Pennsylvania. After retiring I moved to the Potter County region out side of Germainia. I owned horses and spent many hours, days and nights riding my horses. I heard many strange and spooky things, many that had my horse spooked. Heard the sound of a guttural growl (mountain loin) type of sound, but never saw a thing.
When in the Military I was taught the proper way of trying to look at something that is not clearly visable.
Do not look directly at the object or location. Plus other methods not time to go into.
I can not say that BIG FOOT is real or not. Just as I can not see GOD, but I do know that he is there. So, if you or anyone believes BIG FOOT is real, so be it. At least for you folks that do believe.
Case in point, Some where in the northern region of Pennsylvania west of Mansfield, Pa. In the early part of American history a grave or graves were unearthed. The bones were to have been 8 or 9 feet. I was told somewhere in the Pennyslvania State Mueseum. The bones "MAY" be stored in an non public area. I never was able to confirm that. But, yes Giants have been on earth for thousands of years. BIBLE, Gen. 6:4 speaks of giants walking with man, mating with humans and becoming mighty. Ok, my wording is not of the BIBLICAL form. Look that up, those that may own a BIBLE. I say again, I do not know what all lives on this earth with us. I do not mind if they are there. Maybe, some day we will know, maybe NOT.
For me I hope they do live, and left alone as they attempt to leave us alone. Big foot will be one of the hundreds of question I will ask GOD when I meet HIM.
Just my opinion. Thank you
Vicki on August 01, 2018:
would love any more info on what areas in PA Big Foot has been seen.
Garbanzo on July 28, 2018:
I've been having experiences in Michaux State Forest going back to at least 2003. The first time I ever saw something was while pulled over to relieve myself. Saw a big shape just inside the woodline and felt the sudden need to leave the area quickly, like I was being told to leave. My friend noticed my change in demeanor and confirmed the same weird feeling. Another time I was camped near a spring and heard multiple gutteral primate-like
noises of different voices coming from the spring after midnight. My ex girlfriend also heard them. Another was last year and was also witnessed by someone who parked at the trail head on the other side of the road from where I was parked to get firewood. He and I began to talk and we started hearing multiple somethings running through the laurel around us. It sounded like 3 of them and they were moving low and fast. I had bern experiencing this prior to him pulling up, in addition to catching a quick glimpse of something that would be about 4 to 5 feet tall crouched over and running on it's bent hind legs like an ape almost. Dark brown fur. I had been running my chainsaw for an hour, so it wasn't a normal forest creature. Acorns were being thrown from the bushes about 20 yards away that they were hiding behind. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't creeped out. I thought as long as I had my chainsaw close at hand I'd be ok. After the other guy showed up and started to experience it as well, he asked if I believed in Bigfoot and proceeded to tell me about an experience he previously had during a prior archery season when he thought he saw a bear until it stood up and ran up the ridge in no time with ease. He said it was about 8 feet tall with long shaggy brown fur. Last archery season I was following a trail one morning, just after dawn and heard something very heavy and bipedal get up and walk into the thicker laurel off of the trail. It was about 15 feet away when it got up and starting walking away. I couldn't see it and thought better of pursuing it since I only had my crossbow. A friend of mine used to live off of Rt. 233 and would hear screams from the woods behind his cabin late at night. Another friend lived near Caledonia State Park and heard the same kind of screams at night on the ridge above his cabin. There have been a lot of times that all of the animals would go quiet for no reason and then you'd feel like you were being watched. I've seen buzzards move in after that would happen. Almost like they're following a moving stench.
Carla J Swick from NW PA on July 18, 2018:
I lived in the Cooperstown area about 15 minutes outside of Franklin, PA - my husband at the time showed me a photo a friend had taken on an instant camera of a huge track in the mud near a place called the "S" bend. There wasn't much else to support it, but it was certainly interesting.
Schultzz on June 18, 2018:
Bigfoot is an animal from another planet brought here by aliens who have a treaty with the prominent nations of our planet including the USA. It sounds incredible but governments all over the world tell lies not just our government. Scientists will agree to just about any agreement to receive advanced technology from Alien civilizations. What is so ego-centric among humans is to deny God's Glory (mostly through fear), of limiting the possibility of other intelligent life forms. So continue on in your dream world denying reality, (reinforced through government secrecy strategies), but when you begin to have more difficulty living that lie realize that it's quite difficult to see the truth when your head is buried in the sand.
steven j on April 30, 2018:
He is in his element when you are out in the woods. He's an animal and may have the ability to confuse people so they can't find him. tigers and other animals use ultra sounds to confuse prey and bigfoot being a great ape and more evolved mentally than tigers and the rest may be able to use sound in unimaginable ways.
CJ on March 11, 2018:
Man I live in NW PA and that red eyed avatar I have seen before hovering 5 or 6 feet off the ground at night. It's like they were luminating itself. I thought maybe an owl but I would have seen it more than once in my 30 plus years. These things were blood red and huge. They were curved too. It was when I lived in a farm house.
Robert on February 21, 2018:
I live in Gibsonia, PA in northern Allegheny county. My house borders a gas-line cut which goes back up over a very steep hill and the entire area is wooded and goes back for miles with no houses. It is actually quite remote. All through the woods near my house are stick/tree structures and trees that have been snapped 5-6' up. I have seen these done with the leaves still on the trees and nothing near the would have broken them. Last winter my 35 year old son and I saw large footprints from the woods across my yard with about a 5' distance between them, definitely a bi-ped.
The structures begin about 75 yards from the house in the woods on my property and I checked on a very tall one that has been there several years and it had been taken down and replaced by another one.
Jody Dugan on February 16, 2018:
Have you heard of the Nephilim theory? That Bigfoot is today's version of the biblical giants, or their descendants.
Duane on January 19, 2018:
I live in central pa and do know for a fact that they are here. I have had several encounters when I was a young boy where at first they were coming to my bedroom window at night which scared me enough that I would not sleep in that room and insisted that I slept with my grandma who had the room next to me. One night I was woke up by something tugging at my foot and what I seen was a very long arm reaching through my grams window, it was covered in hair and pulled it's arm out instantly when I screamed for my grandmother . While it was pulling it's arm back it knocked perfume bottles off the top of her dresser , she did not see the arm and when I described it being hairy and reaching my foot, which was about 6 ft from the window, she said it must have been a burglar wearing a fur coat. Needless to say she purchased a semi-automatic rifle the same week and had her son whom lived next door install a dusk to dawn light on that side of the house. I was about 6 years old when this encounter happened. They are here in Clearfield county, I know, I've seen them!
Cutler on January 06, 2018:
In the late sixties my family owned a homestead on the Delaware river in Dingmans Ferry, we were on the river, in very dense woods. I remember walking on a dirt road and seeing something rocking back and fourth behind a walnut tree about ninety feet away. Not ever having heard about a Bigfoot, I thought what would a gorilla be doing in the woods? My dog stopped, and stood in front of me not allowing me to move forward. I realized it was time to turn and get the heck out of there. Years later, after Bigfoot became well known my mom and I started to compare things that happened in the woods and on the river over the years. People can laugh, but growing up in those woods I knew them inside out, and knew and saw every known animal in PA..... and I know what I DIDN’T see that day...and no one will ever convince me otherwise.
steven johns neo-bigfoot hunter on December 15, 2017:
woods ninja on a scale man couldn't imagine
Natalie M. on December 14, 2017:
Just imagine, a creature with a human brain and animal senses. You would never be able to find that creature. And "that creature" I think we know as Bigfoot.