“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep” – Robert Frost
Time after time, poets, writers, and musicians have turned to nature in pursuit of inspiration. Nature has been instrumental in creating a sense of belongingness and contentment. In order to seek solace and to get away from the bustling life of the concrete jungle, many have tread the road less travelled to explore the countless gifts of nature.
The beauty and mystery encompassing the forests have fascinated countless adventure aficionados and artists alike. So, take a stroll amidst the woods with a desire to escape the mundane life. It’s time to slip on your walking shoes to spend quality time in the wilderness and discover some of the wonderful forests in the world. It’s time for a rendezvous with nature!
Here is a list of extraordinarily beautiful forests across the globe to bring out the intrepid adventurer in you…
The Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan
An earthquake in 1911 led to the creation of this lake. The cold water helps in preserving the submerged Spruce trees. The site is quite popular amongst divers. The site makes this forest a spectacular one in its own unique ways.
White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire, USA
Hiking, fishing, biking, canoeing, and many more of such adrenaline-rush activities can be undertaken at the White Mountain National Forest. The yellow and orange foliage during the autumn is a pure blissful sight. This national park of New Hampshire draws maximum tourist after the Great Smoky Mountains in the USA.
Great Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia
A stroll along the coastline or a strenuous walk in the rainforest, or a bit of both, the choice is yours in the unique landscape of the Great Otway National Park. Blessed with sandy beaches, serene lakes, rocky coastlines, splendid waterfalls, and lush green forests, this national park is the gateway to the great outdoor adventure.
Sian Ka’an Coastal Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
Picture a boat floating on a blue pristine lagoon, surrounded by thick mangrove forest, with dolphins and sea turtles swimming nearby. Isn’t it a pretty sight? Sian Ka’an Coastal Biosphere Reserve is all this and more. To see an exception example of biodiversity, a trip to this reserve should definitely be on the cards.
Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area, Yilan, Taiwan
Sunrise on snow-capped mountains and a sea of clouds making their on and off appearance is unquestionably a sight to behold. The 24 hectors of forested area promise virgin woodland, hot springs, and diverse wildlife. Hiking amidst the picturesque surroundings is a dream come true for many.
Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar
Lemurs can proudly call this national park their home, after all, it was named a World UNESCO Heritage Site thanks to their population, and the unforgiving landscape. The towering limestone rocks are known to give a hard time to even the most experienced explorers and are definitely not recommended for the faint-hearted.
Gorbea Natural Park, Basque Country, Spain
Seeking a vacation in the lap of nature, then the Gorbea Natural Park should be your calling. Known as the mystical forest of Spain, the park has striking landscape, hiking trails, splendid waterfalls, and to top it all, the mist makes it even more dreamy and fascinating. Truly, a spectacular forest that should not be missed.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California, USA
This park is home to world’s oldest redwood groves. Hikers, equestrians, and bicyclists are in for a treat in this trail spanning over 100 miles. The park boasts of more than 250 camping sites as well.
Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan
Get transported into a whole new world as you enter the bamboo grove. Take a walk or hire a bicycle to admire the visual beauty of this place. The sound created by the trees is meditative, soothing to the mind and senses.
Seoraksan National Park, Gangwon Province, South Korea
Seoraksan National Park is the home of the eponymous highest mountain of South Korea. The hike to the mountain can be a spiritual one, as it is surrounded by temples and waterfalls. The challenging walk up to the mountain is finally rewarded with an unparalleled view.
Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
If you are looking for a long hike, then, Mossey Forest located in the Cameron Highlands at a height of 6700 feet will not disappoint you. This moss-laden forest is usually covered with low-level clouds and remains moist throughout the year. Bird watchers are in for a treat, as the forest houses over 70 species of montane rainforest birds.
Black Forest, Germany
Think of canopy of dark trees, think of Schwarzwald or the Black Forest. This famous mountain range is known for its scenic valleys, waterfalls, and lush green forests. It is an ideal destination for hikers and bikers, and not to forget, the famous Cuckoo clocks.
The Hallerbos, Belgium
An enchanting land awaits you in The Hallerbos or Blue forest. During spring, the entire forest is covered with bluebells, making it appear as though one is walking over a floral carpet. Make sure you check the Hallerbos’ website before the visit, so as to not to miss the beauty.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
While in Costa Rica, a visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve should be on your must-see list. One of the world’s well-known cloud forest, Monteverde gives an opportunity to visitors to explore and learn about the ecosystem. Through an assortment of activities, tourists are familiarised with the biodiversity of the reserve; bringing them a tad closer to nature.
Daigo-ji, Kyoto, Japan
No matter the season, the World UNESCO Heritage Site of Daigo-ji looks enchanting as ever. The sprawling temple complex is known to attract hikers and meditators alike. Travellers across the world come to witness the cherry-blossom season in early April and are left bewildered by nature’s display of unmatched beauty. No wonder it is on our list of most spectacular forests across the globe.