Parallel Forest – Lawton, Oklahoma - Atlas Obscura
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Lawton, Oklahoma

Parallel Forest

A peculiar forest that was handcrafted for government experiments.  

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This bizarre forest was built by the government to counteract the effects of the Dust Bowl. The trees were to act as a wind block. More than 20,000 red cedars were planted in the forest approximately six feet apart in every direction. They were also planted to grow straight up and not outward, hence the forest’s name. The forest itself stretches for about 16 acres. As with any place abandoned by the government, rumors have persisted that the forest is haunted.

Know Before You Go

A weird circle stone structure is near the back of the forest. Go left at the entrance to find the stone circle. It's near the creek.

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