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10 Most Active Bigfoot Sites in North America

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When it comes to bigfoot sightings, at Top Secret Writers we remain agnostic when it comes to whether or not sightings represent that of a new species of creature. It is difficult to believe that such a species could remain so elusive and hidden within a country where it can be very difficult to find any location without sign of human presence.

With that said, bigfoot sightings continue. Furthermore, while some sightings are surely a result of someone ignorant of the wildlife in their area, there are an impressive number of sightings that come from perfectly sane, educated people. In fact, as we mentioned in our Bigfoot article last year, even Jane Goodall told reporter Ira Flatow on NPR that she found the evidence compelling, and while it hasn’t been proven they exist, she hopes that they do. In fact she told Ira, “…you’ll be amazed when I tell you that I’m sure that they exist.” (1)

The real question for researchers and scientists that are interested in trying to get a glimpse of this elusive species is where there could be high populations of them. Areas of the highest population represent the greatest chance for investigators to capture evidence of them, or maybe even experience their own bigfoot sighting.

In this article, I’m going to collate all of the available evidence and statistics to generate a list of areas in the U.S. that are virtual Bigfoot hot-spots. These are areas that would offer the most fruitful research results for someone (or a team) dedicated enough to set up observation posts and expeditions to collect evidence.

Bigfoot Sightings Visualization

Throughout the Bigfoot community, the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast are very well known for the volume of Bigfoot sightings that occur. At least, those are the ones that have received the most publicity.

One of the best places to look for statistics on sightings is the central database for the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) where the majority of sightings from across the country are usually submitted (when they are submitted).

USA field reports are listed by state at the USA database page, and the number of total listings for that state are included in a complete table. (2)

You can click on any state to review listings for those states. In this review, once I break down the top 10 states with the most frequent sightings, I will also provide overhead maps of the areas of each state that appear to be Bigfoot sighting hotspots.

The BFRO database shows the following 15 states with the most sightings reported:

1. Washington – 528
2. California – 425
3. Oregon – 227
4. Ohio – 224
5. Florida – 207
6. Illinois – 176
7. Michigan – 141
8. Colorado – 110
9. New York – 101
10. Pennsylvania – 98
11. Missouri – 92
12. Kentucky – 85
13. Tennessee – 85
14. North Carolina – 78
15. Arkansas – 76

This pattern represents very clear regions of the country that could reveal population centers of this alleged unknown species of ape. There can be little doubt that the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Northern California and Oregon are the main population center – even when you factor down a percentage of reports being erroneous from people that don’t know what they’re looking at when they see a regular animal.

An impressive map showing this in graphical format is available online – I’m not sure who put this together but it is a very nice display of exactly where these hotspots are located in the U.S. based on the BFRO database of Bigfoot sightings. (3)

It’s also a good idea to take a look at other sources to confirm whether these national hot-spots are truly representative of Bigfoot activity, or whether it’s an anomaly of the BFRO reporting procedure itself.

Taking a look at the Oregon Bigfoot database, there were 800 reports in Oregon, 151 in Washington, 93 in California, and the rest of the states had single-digit report counts. (4) Clearly, in the case of that database, there is a reporting bias based on the location and focus of the organization.

The United Bigfoot Research Group sightings page only has report pages in the database for the states that made the top of the “hotspot” list in the BFRO database. These included Washington, Orgegon, Montana, Michigan, Florida and California. (5) While the UBRG is young and the database is small, the fact that the 15 states listed there that already have sightings reports confirm the top states on BFRO’s list.

Other lists around the Internet confirm the same regions that the BFRO list identifies, such as where the majority of sighting reports are from Washington, Oregon, Ohio, California and Alabama (6), and the North America Bigfoot Search website which primarily has sighting details only from California, Ohio, and Oregon.

So, while there are plenty of places in the country with a lot of Bigfoot sightings, the clearest centers of each population are without a doubt located in Washington, Northern California, Oregon and Ohio.

Digging into the Bigfoot Sightings Data

Focusing on those four regions of the country reveal the 10 most active Bigfoot sites in the country. Using the BFRO database as the source and zooming into these four states, it’s possible to identify the 2 or 3 most active regions within each state.

For Washington, analyzing the visualization map turns up Pierce County, King County, Lewis County as the three areas with the most Bigfoot sightings.

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It is interesting to note, as you can see from the area that I’ve circled above, that the sighting pattern follows the edge of the water sources, such as Puget Sound. If you look at the smaller population of sightings in Washington, you’ll see that the majority of them are near a water source as well.

Moving slightly south down the map and analyzing the reporting statistics in Oregon, the same pattern holds true. Population centers of any Bigfoot species appear to be focused on the Western side of the state, and along the major bodies of water.

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The hottest areas in Oregon for Bigfoot sightings include Clackamas County and Josephine County.

Once again, moving just a little further south down the Western coast to the very large state of California, it’s easy to see where the most Bigfoot sightings are coming from – clearly the most mountainous and isolated regions of the state.

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If even a half to three quarters of these sightings are legitimate, there appear to be population centers of these creatures living in Six Rivers National Forest and in Stanislaus National Forest, with many sightings occurring in Yosemite National Park. Humboldt County, Siskiyou County, Del Norte County and Shasta County all border Six Rivers National Forest, and the fact that human population areas are experiencing so many encounters suggests that there’s significant activity in Six Rivers National Forest.

It is also important to note that there are some massive bears, like the Grizzly, living in these areas – so not only could they represent a number of the sightings, but they could also present a significant danger if you’re exploring these areas for Bigfoot – so be careful!

Finally, on the strangest part of the country to produce the largest volume of Bigfoot reports – Ohio. It is strange, because it’s so far from the Pacific Northwest, where so many of the usual Bigfoot Sightings occur.

bigfoot sightings

It is clear from the map that the majority of sightings in Ohio come from the Northeast Quadrant of the state. Areas that are particular hot areas for Bigfoot sightings in Ohio include Portage County, Stark County, and Summit County.

Top 10 Bigfoot Sites in North America

From this brief review, it’s safe to conclude that if you are a serious Bigfoot researcher, you would want to visit one of these 10 areas to increase the potential of a Bigfoot sighting by a very large factor. The 10 most active Bigfoot areas in the U.S. are:

1. Pierce County, Washington
2. King County, Washington
3. Lewis County, Washington
4. Clackamas County, Oregon
5. Josephine County, Oregon
6. Six Rivers National Forest, California
7. Stanislaus National Forest, California
8. Portage County, Ohio
9. Stark County, Ohio
10. Summit County, Ohio

If you live in any of these areas and have your own Bigfoot sighting to share, please feel free to do so in the comments area below.

References & Image Credits:
(2) BFRO State Listings
(3) BFRO Visualization
(4) Oregon Bigfoot Database

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  • Robbie Shaw

    Great article!!!! Thanks!!!!

  • C.J.

    There are no Grizzly bears in the Six Rivers are of California. Officially, Grizzly bears have been extinct in CA for nearly a century.

  • L.D. Hunt

    I think that anything is possible, BUT, I think some of the guys and gals that hunt Bigfoot have had a Gallon of Jack Daniels’ before the search. B.H.

  • it says north america…when did the states own it all…

  • thos

    The problem with the Washington data is that it doesn’t take into account the human population numbers. King and Pierce are, by far, the most populated and so have the greatest number of potential witnesses. I think these areas should be viewed as a ratio of bigfoot vs. human populations, These counties also have the greatest road density. The higest number of sightings take place on roads and at night. Were there are fewer roads, fewer people will be available to see them, expecially at night. The most water is the Olympica Rainforrest and Pacific County, but the human population numbers and road densities are low. Any one person should have the best odds of finding real evidence of bigfoot in areas other than King or Pierce Co.
    Another factor that probably scews the data is that in areas where forest cover is quite thick, there will be fewer sighting, and the most dense forrests of Washington are again, on the Olympic Peninsula, including the Olympic Rain Forrest. Few people venture far from trails in these areas due to the density of the vegitation, and sasquatch would have an ideal situaltion as far as keeping away from people completely.

  • This is great feedback and excellent points regarding ration of bigfoot vs human population. I’ll have to try playing around with the data and see what that reveals – thanks so much for the suggestion!

  • ha – good point Mike. Sorry about that. A bit ethnocentric on my part…

  • brian

    anyone that wants to really have a good education on an alternative view of who bigfoot is should go on to you tube
    and watch the short presentation by the late great Lloyd pye
    entitled everything you know is wrong whereby he proves
    that bigfoot is a very good example of what we were told
    were “pre humans” however dna differentials leave us with
    a debate about that, and looking at what very few bones
    we have there are so many missing links given natural
    biological evolutionary evidences, that there just was not
    enough time to go from Neanderthal to cro mangnon etc.
    or gigantipithicus or whomever the new flavor of the month
    is, its just not enough time to make the huge dramatic
    leaps, without some sort of intervention, and a lot of ideas
    are out there to solve the mystery and certainly one of them
    is the correct one, now some Christians will tell you divine
    intervention, scientists will tell you intelligent design,
    and new age people will say ET intervention.
    Given that the loch ness monster is a spitting image of
    an extinct sea creature, and bigfoot is an identical
    example given the footprints, of pre human apes.
    are they ghosts or the real thing, because both
    bigfoot and loch ness are well represented in our
    fossil records, if you just look at the situation without
    the brainwashing you have been subjected to.
    face it, quantum theory is being proven and all the science has to be adapted now to its new proven
    experiments like entanglement and biocentrism.
    sorry, its really jolting your cognitive dissonance
    but we have to live with evidence.
    please read Where did the towers go by dr judy wood.
    youll be a skeptic for sure. or 9/11 pilots for truth, you
    have to be so brainwashed as to be dangerous to not
    see the truth. we are being deluded intentionally, wake up

  • brian

    true, but I wont throw out the information, the evidence and rely fully on the misinformation
    no matter how greatly that soothes my savage
    cognitive dissonance, I allow the chips to fall
    where they may, look at the evidence and follow
    only that objectively PERIOD

  • johnson jones

    Prairie creek state park California, I’ve heard wood knocking at 3 am while I was camping in the campground. The sound came up the hill across creek in very very thick brush rain forest and campground was full. I was asleep and woke up to go to bathroom. I’ve been camping in the remote areas of six rivers national park and josephine county oregon. This wilderness has tremendous food sources thick thick rugged mountains that stretch for hundreds of miles. Most people never venture into these places, and they are kinda creepy because there is hardly no people. A big wild hairy ancient man could defintely exist there.

  • All Down Hill

    Clackamas County, Oregon. July 2011.

  • leon

    I was hiking in San Gorgonio Wilderness in SOUTHERN California in the early 80s.
    I was near a place called ‘Heart Bar State Park’ on the edge of the wilderness. I was heading for my car and it was just getting dark. Around the bend was a small black bear working out on a log. He saw us, stood up and took the heck off. I think he was a solo bear, and not still attached to his mother, or I wouldn’t be here to write this. So NO, Bears are NOT ‘extinct in California’.
    I found out later this guy was called ‘the Sunday Morning Bear’ due to his frequenty visits to the campsites very early in the morning.
    My FIRST and LAST Bear Encounter in SoCal. There aren’t many, for sure.

    I also saw a BIG one while visiting Lake Tahoe. He was Freshly woken up and grumpy. He took off into the bush and I wisely didn’t follow.

  • Tomas

    I agree with the idea of less big foot sightings because of dense vegetation vs. more sightings because of increased human population.
    I first visited Washington State on a camping trip to the Olympic Rain Forest in August of 1973. At that time I was unaware of even the idea of the existence of big foot in the Northwest.
    The night we camped in the Hoh Forest we heard tree knocking for at least half of that night. And of course not knowing about the possibility of Sasquatch making all that noise I did not know what to think!

  • Dave Gibson

    Fulton County, New York. Foot prints, a clear hand print on my car, wood knocks, tree twists, and a nest. Everything except an actual sighting.

  • A very ignorant article reflecting the typical ‘America is the center of the world’ attitude. FACT: Sasquatch sightings in British Columbia Canada date back more than 200 years, and more than anywhere else PRIOR to the release of the Patterson (hoax) video. British Columbia historically has had the highest number of sightings – more than anywhere else except the Himalayas where there is a belief in a creature called “The Yeti”. Even the last paragraph first reads “top ten Bigfoot sites in North America” and then goes on to illustrate “the most active Bigfoot areas in the U.S”. Oh brother, what a joke. Not very scientific to ignore perhaps the one place where you would most probably find Sasquatch, where there are literally millions of un-chartered un-logged old dense forest.

  • Jeff Lawson

    For one the Patterson and Bob Gimlin film is can see the muscles in the calves and plainly see it’s a female walking through the creek bed.

  • Annie Ardell Carr

    Your title is10 Most Active Bigfoot Sites in North America, yet you only list info about the States.

  • JB55Pisces

    Patterson measured the distance between footprints, of that ceature and found it to be 55 INCHES. A human would have to be at least 7 feet tall to make a stride like that!

  • Savannah Nash

    In the 70’s we did a lot of backpacking through the Desolation Wilderness around Tahoe, with youth groups and scouting. It gets eerie quiet at night in that region, and on most of nights in the early dawn hours all of us heard that strange knocking coming from deeply treed areas. We didn’t really know about big foot then. Our leaders would get up and build up our fire, once it got blazing you wouldn’t hear anything. There was a Native American man that came with us and he always said, that noise wasn’t bears. He said they’re watchers of the forest

  • Jaggerdss

    He said “Grizzly” bears are extinct in Ca, Not bears (duh).

  • Carol Capron

    is there any new sightings

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