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The real-life Camp Crystal Lake

If you want a camping experience that offers a whole lot more than just marshmallow roasting and bird watching, you could always spend the night at Camp Comfort Park in Ojai, California, home to more terrifying urban legends than you can shake a stick at.

There are so many creepy stories about Camp Comfort in Ojai, California that it’s hard to keep track of them all. The most famous however, is the story of Char Man. In the center of Camp Comfort there’s a large bridge known as “Char Man’s Bridge”. Char Man, an evil, hideous spirit, is said to lurk in the nearby woods, watching silently and waiting to ensnare unsuspecting victims. He’s a pretty nasty dude.

Char Man is know for attacking motorists brave enough to park their cars on the bridge and challenge him to come out of his hiding place in the woods. The origins of Char Man are varied, and though he’s commonly referred to as a ghost or a monster, he’s often described as having burnt, peeling skin and smelling of putrid flesh. Legend says that as the area became more popular, Char Man migrated deeper into the woods… though he’ll makes a special appearance for anyone brave enough to piss him off.

Directed, edited, and produced by Greg Newkirk
Written and hosted by Dana Matthews