Sep 14, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Ginseng Hunter Finds Possible Bigfoot Evidence in Southeast Kentucky

Is Bigfoot an herbalist who enjoys an occasional cup of soothing Ginseng tea after a stressful day avoiding humans in the deep woods of Appalachia? One might get that impression after hearing the tale of Thomas Marcum, an experienced cryptid investigator who recently went hunting for American ginseng and found evidence of Bigfoot instead.

“On September the 8th I went into an area, that I'm fairly familiar with, to explore for ginseng.”

Thomas Marcum is the founder of The Crypto Crew research team, an experienced wild land Firefighter and familiar with the Kentucky woods where American ginseng grows. Panax quinquefolius is often described as the cooling yin to Asian ginseng’s yang and has been prized for its reputed sedative effects since the days Native Americans collected it in the shade of the Appalachian hardwood trees. Today it’s harvested for personal use and to sell to the lucrative Asian market.

“On my way back I made some discoveries that seemed unusual to me. I had found an old mine opening and one large humanoid foot track. While in this area I never saw an other human tracks or evidence that a person had been in the area. While this track in the mud didn't have much definition it was interesting and right in front of the old mine opening.”

Marcum posted a photo of the footprint on The Crypto Crew website and uploaded a video to its YouTube page. You may recognize his name from a number of paranormal documentaries he has produced (IMDb credits here) including eight episodes of the Almost Live TV series which followed him into the deep woods of Kentucky in an earlier search for Sasquatch.

“Then I discovered several odd stick breaks. The first one I film was about as round as a half a dollar. The second and probably the largest of the breaks, was about as big around as a soda/pop can. These were much too large to have been broken off by a human. These breaks where also fairly close together, as if something or someone was marking a trail.”

The video shows the broken branches up close (watch it here) and reveals a surprise which occurred right before Marcum left the woods – the telltale Bigfoot signal of wood knocks. He amplified and enhanced the sound at the end of the video. He also admits he heard what sounded like two people talking right before this. After that, he left the woods and posted his experiences.

So, does Bigfoot like ginseng or does ginseng like the same dense wooded areas where Bigfoot is said to roam? Both are possible, although Marcum doesn’t report finding any gnawed on ginseng roots or smoldering campfires with empty kettles and cups. The larger broken branch and the wood knocks are interesting but not conclusive proof, and he admits to hearing what sounded like humans, not Bigfoot. Nonetheless, Thomas Marcum and The Crypto Crew have plenty of experience and data and aren’t likely to be fooled. We appreciate him sharing his recent experience and insights.

What do you think? Whether you believe Marcum had a Bigfoot encounter or not, don’t let that stop you from learning more about ginseng tea – a true American drink.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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