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About the Elfin Forest

Elfin Forest, which neighbors Questhaven and Harmony Grove, is not only great for hiking but also for delving deeper into the mysteries that surround this area. Like its popular neighboring communities, the Elfin Forest is rumored to be extremely haunted with hundreds if not thousands of stories and sightings to back up this claim.

The most popular myth is about the white witch. As the story goes, her husband and son were murdered out here a long time ago. Rumor has is she is still looking for her family, or possibly the person who murdered them.

If you speak to the people at the Harmony Grove Spiritual Center, which is the area’s psychic village, they say that she finally found the light many years ago. They used to see her regularly but haven’t seen her for years. There are also stories of the Northern Diegueño Indians haunting these grounds.



There has been a lot of evidence that Northern Diegueño Natives have lived in this area for thousands of years. Archaeological digs have found artifacts, mortars, metates, pictographs and petroglyphs. These primitive drawings have helped to further decipher the Uyman language, which was spoken more than 9,000 years ago.

While you’re in the area, make sure to check out Questhaven Rd. Nearby!

There are petroglyphs which have been found on one man’s property. Tours to view these ancient findings are occasionally held but you have to be in the “in” to be part of them. It is believed that the symbols found in this area are tied into other similar drawings which have been found in Escondido, Hemet, Borrego and Rancho Bernardo. They were once used as navigating symbols.

Sources suggest that the Elfin forest and its surrounding areas were a meeting ground for many tribes and that these grounds were said to have good energy. One must wonder what went wrong for a once peaceful meeting-ground to now be rumored to have dark energy.  Two tribes that we know of whom inhabited this area were the San Diegueños and Luiseños.

There has sadly been a lot of development on both sides of Elfin Forest but as of now, this area remains untouched.  This used to be an old vacation ranch for RV’s which now sits in ruins..

Here is a before and after photo of the Elfin Forest sign and what it looks like today after all the construction occurred:

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  • jdjdjlmj (mod)
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    Meghan, I would love to hear your strange encounters!

    January 28, 2019

  • Meghan
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    Winston is my dogs grave…sorry guys not that spooky. I grew up out here yes there are some strange things I’ve encountered but mainly because people go out there trying to find/create truth to the rumors they’ve heard. I have had nothing but a peaceful time out in those hills.

    January 28, 2019

  • Anonymous
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    Did not appreciate the picture of the noose. Seems a bit racist.

    June 3, 2020

  • Anonymous
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    ngl ur hairy testicles are kinda racist to me. pls get castrated or i will loot a store

    June 8, 2020

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