Is Mountain Monsters real? What to know about the show’s creatures

Travel Channel's Mountain Monsters

In this article, we take a closer look at some of the most interesting monsters mentioned on Travel Channel's Mountain Monsters (media photo from Travel Channel, werewolf rendering from Adobe Stock)

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The Appalachian Mountains are infamous for their mysterious creature sightings.

Children who live around the mountain range, particularly in the Smokies, often grow up telling each other spooky campfire stories involving ghosts, werewolves and Sasquatch, just to name a few.

Since 2013, Travel Channel’s hit reality-tv show Mountain Monsters, now in its 7th season, has been bringing these obscure mountain legends to life in living rooms across the nation.

Is ‘Mountain Monsters’ real?

The Mountain Monsters show features a band of native West Virginians who call themselves the AIMS team (Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings).

Their mission is to explore the Appalachian Mountains and identify the legendary creatures that (allegedly) lurk in the shadows.

Anyone who watches the show for more than 10 minutes can pretty obviously see that the majority of the show is staged.

However, much of the folklore discussed and the creatures they “hunt” (for a lack of a better word) are mostly, or at least loosely, based on popular mountain legends and folklore.

Some of the monsters are more well known than others, such as Mothman and Spearfinger.

Others are so obscure they make us wonder if they were manufactured by the show’s writers.

In either case, Mountain Monsters does an excellent job of capturing the fun and nostalgia of those old spooky stories that we used to share at summer camp as kids.

And in the show’s defense, who among us didn’t make up a ghost story of our own every now and again?

In that spirit, we’ve created a list of 24 of the most interesting creatures mentioned on the show along with a quick background of each, in order of appearance.

1. Wolfman of Wolfe County, S1E1

Introduced in season one, the Kentucky Wolfman is one of the more obscure monsters mentioned on the show.

The Wolfman is described as a 7-foot tall, 500-pound werewolf-like beast that can stand on its hind legs and loves to terrorize the locals near Wolfe County, Kentucky.

Legend has it that the monster spends most of its time hiding out in abandoned silver mines and only comes out at night.

2. Grassman of Perry County (BigFoot), S1E2

Several Mountain Monsters episodes are dedicated to BigFoot and his cousins. For the sake of brevity, we will mostly focus on unique varieties in this article.

The Ohio Grassman of Perry County is a 1000-pound, 9-foot tall cousin of Sasquatch.

The Grassman, like BigFoot, is much more infamous than some of the other lesser-known monsters on the show with numerous “sightings” and a plethora of grainy footage available all over the internet, mostly coming out of Salt Fork State Park in Eastern Ohio.

The nickname “Grassman” comes from early sightings of the beast originally appearing in the grassy plains.

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3. Devil Dog of Logan County, S1E3

Devil dogs are another nocturnal werewolf-like creature known for killing coyotes, sucking their blood and eating their livers.

They are reportedly almost 4-feet in length with red eyes and three-toed paws.

4. Wampus Beast of Pleasants County, S1E4

The Wampus Beast of West Virginia is reportedly a large black cat that resembles a black panther.

The creature weighs 600 pounds and is said to be 6-feet long. Legend says that the Wampus Beast is a known livestock killer and smells like a wet dog rolled around on a dead skunk.

5. Mothman of Mason County, S1E5

The Mothman, perhaps next to BigFoot, is one of the most infamous monsters to be featured on the show.

Entire movies, documentaries and museums have been dedicated to the creature and suspicious sightings are plentiful.

The Mothman is a large man-like winged beast with a moth-like head. He measures almost 8 feet tall and weighs up to 600 pounds with a 10-foot wingspan.

Legend says it has the ability to hypnotize people.

The Mothman rose to fame when locals reporting seeing the creature near the Silver Bridge before its mysterious collapse in the 1960s.

Since then, it has been said that sighting the Mothman is akin to a bad omen and a sign of impending doom.

6. Lizard Demon of Wood County, S1E6

The Lizard Demon, also known as the Lizard Man, is said to hide in the ponds, lakes and rivers of West Virginia and Tennessee.

It’s a half man, half lizard-like monster that’s known for killing cattle.

It is said to have yellow parietal eyes that glow in the dark and gills that allow it to breathe under water.

Legend says that it largely travels along the Ohio River.

7. Kentucky Hellhound, S2E1

Making its debut in season two, the Kentucky Hellhound is dark blue werewolf-like monster that is capable of standing on its hind legs.

It is reportedly 4-feet tall, nocturnal, weighs 600 pounds and has an affinity for skinning young calves.

Like many mountain monsters, early sightings date back to the early 1930s and were originally reported by moonshiners (one guess as to why).

8. Grafton Monster of Taylor County, S2E2

The Grafton Monster of West Virginia, also known as the Headless Horror, is a giant 1500-pound monster with 4-foot wide shoulders.

Its hunched-over posture makes its head difficult to see from behind.

9. Yahoo of Nicholas County (BigFoot), S2S3

The West Virginia Yahoo is yet another cousin of BigFoot. It’s said to be almost 8-feet tall and weighs in at nearly 1200 pounds.

Sightings date back to the late 1800s.

It’s distinct from other BigFoots in that it reportedly makes a sound that resembles the word “yahoo.”

Somehow you’d think that would make it less terrifying, but who am I to judge.

10. Werewolf of Webster County, S2E4

The Webster Werewolf is a 7-foot tall half-man half-wolf creature that weighs 400 pounds with black fur and glowing yellow eyes.

It is said to only be active during the full moon.

11. Red-Eyed Bear Beast, S1E16

The Bear Beast of West Virginia is said to be a large bear-canine hybrid that preys on other “normal” bears.

It has the body of a large bear, the head of a canine and red beady eyes.

12. Cherokee Death Cat, S2E8

Well-known to the locals of Cherokee, North Carolina and weighing in at 500 pounds with gigantic paws, this Death Cat closely resembles a deranged lion.

Legend states that the Death Cat seeks vengeance for the Trail of Tears which forced the relocations of nearly 100,000 Native Americans in the 1800s.

13. Shadow Creature of Braxton County, S2E9

The Shadow Creature of West Virginia looks a bit like the creature from the Alien movie franchise. It is said to stand at 8-feet tall with an exoskeleton and huge teeth.

Legend states that it once attacked and mutilated a small group of Union soldiers during the Civil War.

14. Snallygaster of Preston County, S2E10

The Snallygaster Is a huge flying reptile that resembles a pterodactyl with a 20-foot wingspan and a greenish gray skin.

The Snallygaster was first sighted in the mid-1700s as it said to have a high-pitched piercing scream.

If you’ve ever driven through West Virginia and noticed a 7-pointed star painted onto the side of the barn, the origin of this tradition relates to the Snallygaster as legend states that it keeps the monster at bay.

15. Cave Creature of Greenbriar County, S2E11

The Cave Creature is a human-like cave dwelling monster with sharp teeth and goblin-like ears. The creature is said to be hairless.

Legend states that the Cave Creature is the leader of ghosts of the Azgen settlers who were killed off by Shawnee Indians in the 1850s.

16. Hogzilla of Hocking Hills, S2E12

Hogzilla of Ohio, is said to weigh nearly 1200 pounds and measure over 9-feet in length.

It’s basically a giant pig with gorilla-like paws that’s been terrorizing locals since the 1700s. Apparently a lot of these monsters also have access to the fountain of youth.

17. Harrison County Howler, S2E13

The Harrison County Howler looks like an albino lion with white fur and a white mane. The Howler has a feline head with a canine body and is said to drink the blood of its victims.

It’s also supposed to be bullet proof, which conveniently seemed to be one of the only factoids that the AIMS team were skeptical about.

But then again if they aired an entire episode without ammunition, it would have felt more than a little off-brand.

18. Raven Mocker of Lee County (BigFoot), S4E10

Introduced in season four, the Raven Mocker of Lee County, Virginia is another variety of BigFoot. A foe of the Cherokee, the Raven Mocker has jet black fur with white eyes – a bit like a large gorilla.

Legend says that this particular BigFoot was a shapeshifter that could turn into any animal that it wanted to, including a human.

It is said that it would frequently enter the body a raven to see through its eyes. It is also said that when it would consume the hearts of the elderly, sick and dying.

19. Woman of the Woods the Black Wolf and the Little Girl, S5S3

This trio of mysterious characters, despite having little to no historical basis in folklore (at least that we could find outside of Mountain Monsters) spanned multiple episodes.

According to Mountain Monsters, all three haunt something called The Dark Forest in Lee County, Virginia.

20. The Waya Woman of Jackson County, S6E1

This one was introduced in episode one of season six in correlation with a variety of related creatures (The Waya Woman, The Cherokee Devil, The Raven Mocker, The Silver Giant, The Cherokee Death Cat, Coyote King and Spearfinger).

The Waya Woman – frequently misspelled and mispronounced in a variety of ways (Wyatt Woman, Wild Woman, White Woman, Whya Woman, Why A Woman, etc) – is a wolf-type werewolf creature.

Also known as Queen of the Blood Wolves, she was known to emit a scream like a woman that was capable of drawing in other nearby wolves and control their minds.

21. Coyote King of Cherokee North Carolina, S6E1

The Coyote King is an giant canine with coyote-like features, yellow eyes, a tail and blunt claws.

It’s capable of standing up on its hind legs and when it does, is said to measure in at about 6 to 7 feet tall.

22. Spearfinger, S6E1

Spearfinger roamed the mountains between what would become North Carolina and Tennessee. 

According to Cherokee legend, Spearfinger is a shape-shifting witch with stone skin and a long obsidian spear in place of one of the fingers on her right hand.

She would come in the guise of an old woman, fooling Cherokee children into trusting her because she appeared to be a village elder.

Spearfinger would offer to brush their hair until they fell asleep, then she would stab them with her finger through the back of the neck or the heart and withdraw the liver which she would devour.

Legend has it, she has a mouth red with blood.

Read Also: The Cherokee legend of Spearfinger: What did she look like?

23. The Silver Giant, S6E4

This monster is a massive bear creature that stands at 11-feet tall.

The Silver Giant is capable of running on its hind legs and has a tell-tale silver streak running along its back.

24. Cherokee Devil (Cherokee BigFoot), S6E9

And last but not least we have the Cherokee Devil. The Cherokee Devil, also known as Tsul “Kalu”, is a well known figure in Cherokee mythology.

It is said to have sloping eyes and the appearance of a white gorilla. It is also believed by some, to be yet another variation of BigFoot.

What are your thoughts about Travel Channel’s Mountain Monsters show? What is your favorite monster? Let us know in the comments!

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29 thoughts on “Is Mountain Monsters real? What to know about the show’s creatures”

  1. I love watching Mountain Monsters but want to know if any of the dead animals are real like all the dead coyotes?

  2. Whether it’s real or fake. This show is amazing. I get bored with shows easy….but this I just cant wait to see more! The guys on the show are so awesome. It would be so cool to go out with them and try to find something. My favorite person I cant really pick…..but I do like buck. Thank you all for this show! Cant wait for more!

  3. What was in the box that Buck opened, at the end of “The Twisted Torch”episode, of Mountain Monsters. Also, what happened to the twisted torch and what was its purpose? There seems to be a huge gap between seasons 6 and 7.

  4. I think season 7 was basically a tribute to Trapper RIP weiss you. Hopefully season 8 will pick up where twisted torch left off!!! I can’t wait. I’m glad all of them are on discovery+ I rewatch them over and over again. Plus there is a mountain monsters by the fire on there too. Come season 8 I can’t wait!!!

  5. i love to watch Mountain Monsters especially new episodes. Takes a little longer for me until it is broadcast on German television. but I would seriously like to know if everything is faked here or not? Because, as is well known, behind every secret there is a bit of true background.

  6. This show is obviously a scripted comedy. The men are right out of Central Casting. It’s a hoot! And they never capture any of the monsters on camera.

  7. I LOVE LOVE MOUNTAIN MONSTERS!!! My condolences to all the guys on the show and families for the passing of Trapper. I’m anxiously awaiting for a new series.

  8. What I find weird is a bunch of old white European descendants of European immigrants, are going around with old family tales of how they are Shawnees or Cherokee Natives. These Hillbillies are descendants of the same White invaders who ethnically cleansed the real Shawnee and Cherokee Indians out of the very lands they are hunting all these Beasties and Bigfoots! It’s gross indigenous erasure. All the Indians were removed with their people to Oklahoma or up North. Unless you belong to the Federally recognized tribes, then you have no right to go around self-indigenizing yourselves, and saying you are Shawnee or Cherokee when you are not!! This would be just as bad as the Muslims and Africans going around Europe, claiming that they are the Irish, English or Scottish. You are not Indigenous to America! You are clearly Hillbilly White Appalachians and Southerners of pure European and most certainly African descent. More Blacks passed as White, than Native Americans ever did! You can only say you are Shawnee, Cherokee, or Native American if you actually belong in an unbroken link to the Historic Tribal Nations like the Cherokee and Shawnee do. There is no such thing as a non tribal Shawnee or Cherokee!!

  9. Stop letting white hillbillies usurp and appropriate the identity of Indigenous Southern people who they ethnically cleansed and genocided from their ancestral homelands! Not only did your ancestors steal their lands, now their very descendants wish to Usurp and appropriate their identities, cultures, history, and folklore! I can almost guarantee that these Euro Americans picked up their Pseudo-Shawnee/Cherokee identities from false family tales. Native Americans didn’t leave their tribe or people, and to this day are still tribally affiliated and embedded with their tribal Nations. They didn’t leave their people to pass as white hillbillies. They never had that option. If you were not White, there was no chance to not be identified non-white. Only blacks passed into Whiteness after generations of White Master and Black slave interactions. These people have benefited from whiteness for generations, now they wish to claim indigenous status from one hypothetical indigenous ancestor from 300 yrs ago. Stop appropriating an ethnic lane that doesn’t belong to European immigrant descendants !

  10. At the end of the show it says, “No wildlife was trapped, hunted, harmed, etc on this show”, or something like that. Is this an admission that the whole thing is shot in the woods but there are no examples of the creatures they’re supposedly looking for in the area? Because some of those do exist, namely all the ones based on Bigfoot.

  11. How this show is still on the air is beyond me. The guys are so obnoxiously loud they wouldn’t catch a damn thing. It’s just a waste of air time. It’s in the top 10 of worst shows ever.

  12. Sometimes i enjoy watching these hillbilly goobs doing there thing but it is so ridiculously done theres no way the creatures exist that they are chasing and they never prove one dam thing but they are hilarious to watch and they have all these guns and never fire a shot

  13. Just watched Mountain Monsters for the first time. These guys crack me up. Smoke wolves was the episode. Parts of it made me think of a cross over of Riverdale and the Blair Witch lol.

  14. Some of these folks commenting on here should go somewhere and take a chill pill and then attempt albeit probably impossible for them to try and get a life somewhere. In other words, stop complaining and either enjoy the show or go back to your basement…

  15. I am kinda new to this kind of show, and of course believing all of it until I read how fake it is…I’m so sad about that because I like the suspense! I thought the names of some of the monsters were a little strange and really didn’t think they were out there! But on the other hand I feel sad because I want it to be real…also the guys are weird until I got to understanding them….sorry to hear they are staged too!
    There isn’t any thing on t.v. That’s really worth watching anymore!

  16. This is one of the best shows on T.V. the acting is some of the best I’ve ever seen. I may not believe in what their looking for, but boy, do they sell what they’ve come across. The shows creator needs to make a major horror film. The stories are fresh, and always new.

  17. The show may be staged but it is entertaining to say the least. I find myself laughing at these guys. In these times we need something that makes us laugh.

    As far as all this ethnic history goes for one commentator, he needs to chill out. You can watch any show and analyze it to death if you want. Get real, this is for entertainment and it will stay as such!

  18. Hey Everyone, you won’t believe this – but today’s my first time watching this show! OMG! I love it! Real or Fake, Authentic or Actor – the guys really capture you and it’s pure fun and adventure! I can’t wait to watch more!

  19. What you call a smoke wolf may be the same thing as what people in Canada call a dire wolf. It has been recorded on film chasing a dog…it was huge and black.

  20. we wait for it every Sunday. These guys are the best laugh in town. Watching these guys interact with each other is priceless. especially enjoy the “canned” animal growls, etc. They would be a fun group to have a beer with.

  21. As we all know we watch it fir the entertainment factor…they NEVER catch anything…it just fun entertainment…lol

  22. I know it’s all fake but these guys crack me up and I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of them

  23. Did anyone notice in the last episode of Mountain Monsters how CALM the wolves were? If these wolves were WILD, wouldn’t they be baring their teeth and snarling at their capture’s? Obviously, these wolves came from a captive breeding area or neighboring zoo. Just saying . . . . .

  24. Fantastic!
    Clearly one of the best shows on the air right now! Been watching since season one, and I don´t care that it´s not real – it´s ENTERTAINMENT at it´s best!
    I would love to see a collaboration between Mountain Monsters and Alaska Monsters – Make it happen!!!

  25. Love this show hope to see more new ones been watching same ones over and over lol, have to say wild bill is my favorite would love to meet him reminds me of my papaw how he acts

  26. Hey guys my name is Tater I live in Alabama. I love the show and have been watching for years. I miss seeing Trapper but he guides you all on your quest. I want you to know I’m watching a show and in Wisconsin they also have trouble with the devil dog. So keep up the great work at finding these things. Looks like their starting to spread around. Love all you guys and I’ll be watching your hunts. Whoever gets this tell all the guys I said hello and stay safe.

  27. Absolutely dumb, Americans shouldn’t waste time watching garbage on TV. Read a Boook.

  28. I love mountain monsters it’s the best show on tv I watch all the time it may not all be true but no one really don’t no for sure I hope it stays own I will watch and all the time and watch the the first shows

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