The ongoing mystery behind Poland’s ‘Crooked Forest’

Located outside Nowe Czarnowo, Poland, is an eerie-looking collection of curved pine trees nicknamed The Crooked Forest or Krzywy Las.

No one knows how the original 400 pine trees got their identically bent shape — all 90-degree drops at the base, like elephant trunks. But it’s believed that a special technique was used in the 1930s to plant the spooky grove. The exact method remains unrevealed to this day.

Poland’s ‘Crooked Forest’

Others believe that the forest must have experienced unusual damage from heavy snow or some other gravitational force. How else to explain the otherworldly shape of these 50-foot dancing trees?

Only 100 of the 400 gnarled pines stand in the lot today. While one can take a deep breath in these strange woodlands, the mystery behind the abnormal curvature of the pine trees remains unsolved.

Poland’s ‘Crooked Forest’
Poland’s ‘Crooked Forest’
Poland’s ‘Crooked Forest’