10 Important Places Not Marked on Your GPS – Sons of the Forest

The island in Sons of the Forest is not only dangerous, but vast as well. There’s also myriad hills, mountains, and canopy cover, which makes navigating and finding hidden locations exceptionally challenging. To someone just starting the game, it might feel like the forest is only filled with, well…forest.

Note: Since the release of v1.0, many of these spots are easier to find on your own because of changes to the GPS Tracker, and visual cues (see Locations, Map Markers, and GPS Changes in V1.0). Also, some items are no longer present at these sites, like the outfit and weapons mods at the helicopters.

However, tucked away are quite a few points of interest that don’t show up on the GPS tracker:

  • Plane Crash
  • Overgrown Helicopter 1
  • Overgrown Helicopter 2
  • Mass Grave
  • Beached Kayaks
  • Boat Camp
  • Abandoned Camp 1
  • Abandoned Camp 2
  • Abandoned Camp 3
  • Abandoned Camp 4

These places all have helpful items that you will need to survive the never-ending nightmare. Some locations are unique, like the plane crash and overgrown helicopters, while others are generic camps that have important items at them. This is by no means an exhaustive list of every abandoned camp or spot with resources, however, it will give beginners a good idea of where to start building their inventory. Luckily, all of these spots are accessible as soon as you start the game.

sons of the forest map of places not on gps
You’ll pass a lot of these spots without even knowing

You will notice immediately that all of these locations are on the western side of the island. This is no coincidence, as nearly all the caves and points of interest that you will want to visit first are scattered on this half of the map. As more patches release, the eastern half of the island will likely become more populated with diverse spots that have useful items.

This is one of the areas that you can actually see on your GPS tracker, which makes it much easier to find. You can make it out as a light green stretch in the southwest that must have been a runway – but is now just home to moose. There are some enemy camps around, so be vigilant and run away if there’s danger.

There’s a plethora of supply crates scattered along the runway. You will be able to stock up on basic supplies, and there is a leather jacket on the pilot’s corpse. If you’re a collector, you will also want to grab the holosprings pamphlet on the plane’s wing. It’s not a useful item, but who knows when you’ll need some reading material.

sons of the forest airplane crash site
You won’t be leaving the island on this bird

The first overgrown helicopter is on the forest floor, right next to a small lake. It is a great spot to go to after getting the pistol from the life raft because you can snatch up the silencer and pistol rail. There’s also valuable 9mm ammo, but use it sparingly because it goes quick.

sons of the forest overgrown hilcopter 1
A great place to shop for pistol parts

Like the first, this helicopter is hidden quite well in a patch of trees. If you’re on the path next to the big lake in the northwest, head a little more east, and you’ll find it in a grove. Searching the area, you’ll be rewarded with the leather suit, a few explosive cases, and two supply crates. You will not be able to wear the leather suit, it can only be given to Virginia.

sons of the forest overgrown helicopter 2
Not nearly as overgrown as the first

You’ll start realizing that if you follow the trails on the map, you’ll actually find a lot of random places with good resources. This is one of such places; the mass grave is at an intersection of trails in the northwest and has a plethora of open and closed coffins. For the closed ones, you will need to smash them open with a weapon, like the tactical axe. Inside, helpful supplies abound, like the blazer, cash, rope, and cloth.

sons of the forest mass grave
Grave robbing is bad, enjoy!

Another out-of-the-way spot that you’ll be happy to stumble upon is the beached kayaks on the northwest beach. Virginia might have once paddled these in the ocean, because you will find another one of her outfits here, the camouflage suit. Additionally, you can grab another tool that will help you suss out other cool spots; the binoculars will be on the front nose of one of the kayaks. Don’t forget to loot the crates and pick up the watches that are down by the water’s edge.

sons of the forest beached kayaks
Kayaks could be fun, but have you seen the sharks!

On the northern beach, there is a camp that has inflatable boats. Farther up the slope of the beach, there are tents, too. Players will be thankful to find a number of good items here, like an upgrade to their utility knife, the machete, which is on one of the boats. Further investigation will yield not only a shotgun rail, but also some explosives and ammo.

sons of the forest boat camp
Lounge chairs, though?

All of these abandoned camps will have E.U.C Knight V’s at them, which are electronic unicycles that the player can use to travel quickly around the island – until you run out of batteries. This abandoned camp is right next to the main river heading west from the mountain, and should honestly be most player’s first stop when starting a play through. This is where you can acquire the modern axe; it is far superior to the tactical axe, both as a weapon and as a tree-chopping tool. While the axe is the real prize here, don’t forget to loot the explosives crate and the other supplies as well.

sons of the forest abandoned camp 1
The modern axe is lodged in the guy’s chest

Our second abandoned camp is close to the bunker with the 3D printer (a good place to print a flask), and will be nestled on a small hill by a lake and stream. Similar to other locations, this camp offers supplies like watches, booze, and rope. However, the tool that you won’t want to miss is the can opener; this can be used to open canned food, which will provide the player with cat food. You’ll find it to be a good source of nonperishable food for the harder, colder seasons.

sons of the forest abandoned camp 2
You won’t find anyone alive at these camps

If you explore the southwest quadrant of the island, you’ll see there’s a series of three lakes. At the middle lake, you will discover a quaint camp next to a waterfall that would be picturesque if not for the corpses and coffins. Another resource-filled spot, items such as meds, coins, and general supply crates can be found around the tents. Yet more importantly, inside one of the tents, players can find a winter jacket which will make the inevitable venture above the frost line more tolerable.

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Not a bad place to camp”¦aside from the death

Probably the least important location on our list, this abandoned camp is in a thicket of trees in the very northwest part of the island. It makes our list out of sheer convenience, because it houses a shotgun rail, while also being a hop, skip, and jump away from where you get the shotgun.

sons of the forest abandoned camp 4
Camping off the paths didn’t save these campers

We hope that this list provided a bit of support and helped you live a little longer. Did we miss any spots that aren’t on the GPS tracker, but should be on the list? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Kelson H.
Kelson H.

Kelson is a spud head from out west. He is most happy when holding a milky tea with too much honey and playing a sprawling role playing game or reading a fantasy novel. His video game tastes vary but his main genres are looter shooters, RPGs, and real time strategy games.

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