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Why is everything in the woods with you people?!
Cruella to Emma, Robin and James src

The Underbrooke Woods is an Underworld location on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the thirteenth episode of the fifth season.

This location is based on the Storybrooke Wilderness Park.


During First Curse

The Underbrooke woods forms in the Underworld after Hades remodels this world to resemble the town of Storybrooke. ("Our Decay")

After Third Curse

After fleeing the underground tunnels with the aid of Hook, Megara ends up roaming the woods where she accidentally leaves a blood trail, allowing Emma and Regina to find her. She informs the pair of Hook's whereabouts, and with the help of Robin and Henry, the group search the woods for their friend with no avail. ("Labor of Love")

Taking Henry along for a ride in her car, Cruella tells him to keep a lookout for the quill. He spots something glistening in the woods and makes her stop the car. After leaving her behind, Henry runs into the Apprentice, where he explains the location of the quill before leaving him to his own devices. ("The Brothers Jones")

In a bid to protect Robin's daughter from the wickedness of her mother, Belle sets off into the woods to retreat while a worried Zelena, Regina, and Robin go after her. As they reunite, Zelena douses the group before taking her daughter and leaving the three of them to fend for themselves. ("Our Decay")

While embarking on a mission to find the cause of her recurring nightmare, Emma, Hook, Regina, and Mary Margaret find themselves face to face with the same beast from her dream. Following the creature into the woods, Emma, along with Regina, use their combined magic to stop the creature. When they reach the beast, the group is stunned as they realize the beast plaguing Emma's dreams is, in fact, Ruby, who has shown up in the Underworld. ("Her Handsome Hero")

Masquerading as his twin brother, David, James along with Emma, search the woods for a waiting Robin. During this time, James reveals his true self to the pair, and he, along with Cruella, keep them at gunpoint. ("Sisters")


On-Screen Notes

Filming Locations



  1. TwitterLogo @WhatsFilming (What's Filming) on Twitter (February 11, 2016). "#OnceUponATime is at Central Park in Burnaby today. Saw Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas and Victoria Smurfit on set." (screenshot)

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