The mysticism of forests has been known for centuries. Indeed, some ancient civilizations believed in the spirits of the trees and in some modern philosophies (developed from ancient beliefs like Druidism) trees are sacred. The trees, the undergrowth, the beautiful plants and flowers, the wildlife and the magical ways light moves are what make forests special and they’re a wonderful place to commune not only with nature but oneself.
Table of contents:
- black forest – germany
- hallerbos – belgium
- rata forest – new zealand
- crooked forest – poland
- goblin forest – new zealand
- stanton moor – united kingdom
- moss swamp – romania
- the sea of trees – japan
- otzarreta forest – spain
- hoia-baciu forest – romania
- chinese hemlock trail – taiwan
- tsingy forest – madagascar
- poplar forests – oregon, usa
- winter forests – quebec, canada
- monteverde cloud forest – costa rica
- giant sequoia national monument – california, usa
- daintree rainforest, australia
1 Black Forest – Germany
The name in itself gives off a super mythical vibe, and Germany’s Black Forest is the home to a number of local legends and myths that are known the world over. From ghosts lurking in the trees to nymphs hiding along the winding pathways, the forest and its quaint hiking trails will fill you with wonder.
2 Hallerbos – Belgium
The sun shoots through the trees of the Belgian forest to cast a magical light on the carpet of blue violets that make it a must see destination for girls who love the very best that nature has to offer. It’s like a real life fairy tale.
3 Rata Forest – New Zealand
The Rata is a type of tree that is found across New Zealand, and this forest located on Enderby Island is chock full of gnarled and twisted tree trunks that make for a really trippy and unique hiking trail through the environment.
4 Crooked Forest – Poland
Located just outside of Nowe Czarnowo, this logic defying stretch of land contains 400 pine trees that are severely curved at their bases. Nobody knows exactly why the trees grew like this, but it makes for a forest that looks more like an art installation than a natural habitat!
5 Goblin Forest – New Zealand
The inquisitively named Goblin Forest is definitely one of the most unique places you are ever likely to visit. The slightly eerie moss-covered trees that make up the bulk of this woodland tend to glow a goblin-like green when the sun hits them. It looks like something out of a fantasy film!
6 Stanton Moor – United Kingdom
This is a beautiful forest located in the North of England that is full of ancient history. The forest is home to an area that boasts what are believed to be stone circles and arranged stones dating all the way back to the Bronze Age.
7 Moss Swamp – Romania
The mountain landscape of Romania makes for dozens of forests where you can venture and find your Zen. This particular forest is nearly entirely moss covered which gives it an eerie yet peaceful other-worldly quality that is pretty unforgettable.
8 The Sea of Trees – Japan
This forest in Japan is named so because it is so large and dense that it is incredibly easy to lose your own sense of direction and become lost. The density and size of the woodland means that all external light and noise is blocked out; it’s like walking in a dreamland.
9 Otzarreta Forest – Spain
Located deep in the Basque Country of mainland Spain, this forest is a beautiful part of the Gorbea National Park filled with ancient trees and a foggy climate that gives it a really calming atmosphere. The size and shape of some of the trees is unlike anything you have ever seen!
10 Hoia-Baciu Forest – Romania
This forest in the heart of Romania is generally considered to be one of the most haunted in the entire world, sometimes referred to by the exotic name of the Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania! Though it is said to house many ghosts and some have even reported seeing UFOs, it's also a very peaceful place.
11 Chinese Hemlock Trail – Taiwan
Part of a hiking trail in the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area, this walkway might look very scary but its actually incredibly serene. You need to make sure you are in great physical shape before you set off though, because the steepness and altitude make the trail quite difficult.
12 Tsingy Forest – Madagascar
Also known by some as the Forest of Knives, this insane forest is made up of sharp limestone rock that shoot 70 meters up into the air, interspersed with trees and greenery. It really has to be seen to be believed, it looks like something straight out of The Hunger Games!
13 Poplar Forests – Oregon, USA
When it comes to visiting woodland that make an impact with stunning, tall, strong poplar trees, then you can pretty much take your pick in Oregon! The state is covered in thick groves that create a really unique atmosphere, you feel dwarfed when walking amongst them!
14 Winter Forests – Quebec, Canada
Canada has lots of great tourist opportunities to offer, but perhaps none better than walking through a magical winter forest where the tall trees and the ground around you are covered in glorious untouched white snow. If you are lucky you might see a deer or two.
15 Monteverde Cloud Forest – Costa Rica
You can have an entirely different kind of forest adventure in Costa Rica by walking through the upper levels of this green habitat. Shrouded in misty clouds, the forest is home to over 100 species of mammals and over 350 species of birds.
16 Giant Sequoia National Monument – California, USA
When they say giant, they really do mean giant. You will absolutely pale in comparison to the size of these stunning natural towers of wood, unbelievably majestic and a reminder that humans are only a tiny portion of this earth!
17 Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Believed to be the oldest rainforest on Earth, Daintree in Queensland is stunningly beautiful and everything you expect a tropical rainforest to be. If you spend time here you'll share it with a fabulous array of birds and butterflies.
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