Location: Rock Springs Run State Reserve, 30601 County Rd 433, Mount Plymouth FL 32776
GPS coordinates for where witnesses were standing when they heard knocks not far to the east of their position: 28.793132, -81.450283
NEAREST TOWN: Lake Monroe
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 46
OBSERVED: My husband and I are from California and new to Florida. We wanted to explore some Florida forest land. We happened upon the ďRock Springs Run State ReserveĒ. We drove onto a dirt road, and parked off to the side. We got out and just started walking around. Right away, we saw a lot of vultures and groups of white tail deer. The area was buzzing with wildlife and sounds we didnít recognize.
We wanted to walk deeper into the trees, which would take us down to a lower terrain, but even with our hiking clothes and shoes, it turned out to be too much for us. Weíre very healthy and active, but it didnít seem like a fun idea. There were just too many wet, swampy areas of ground, and it turned out to be almost impossible, and we werenít sure if we wanted to be struggling through alligator territory.
We made our way back up to a dirt path, and thatís when we started hearing the banging sound. At first we thought it was a person out there doing something. But then the same sound started coming from another direction, maybe a quarter mile from the first one. It sounded like a they were hitting trees with a baseball bat, or a big piece of wood. It continued to go back and forth from one spot to another. It was one of those things that didnít seem weird at first, until you stop to think about it. No animals do that, and why would people go way out there and begin hitting trees in the swamp, and then take turns doing it? We just couldnít fathom what the purpose would be. We listened then walked back to the car and left.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing else unusual
OTHER WITNESSES: Just my husband
OTHER STORIES: New to the area, and havenít talked to anyone about this subject
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It occurred at around 5pm. It was light out with mixed clouds and sun.
ENVIRONMENT: Pine forest, with a lot of thick brush and swampy grounds. Smaller bodies of water everywhere, with lakes dotted throughout.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with these witnesses at length. Later I recorded an interview as they looked at aerial photos of the location. Here is a video with the recording of the interview.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.