1. Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar (Image source: addtobucketlist)
This dirt road connects Belo Tsiribihina and Morondava and is lined with rare baobab trees. Most of these trees are more than 800 years old. Despite a significant amount of deforestation in the area relatively recently, some of these unique old trees still exist. These plants are really useful. During the dry season, they can be exploited for drinking water. Some were actually large enough to be used as homes. Their young leaves can be used in salads and their fruit is made into a summer beverage throughout Africa.
2. Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
Waipoua Forest, New Zealand (Image source: addtobucketlist)
This is one of the most famous kauri forest lands of the country. It includes ancient trees, colorful ferns, rare birds and perennials. The oldest tree, the Lord of the Forest, is 150 feet tall and is estimated to be about 2,300 years old. There are natural gates of giant kauri trees as you enter the forest. The area became a reserve in the 1950s and has remained unharmed ever since.
3. Białowieża Forest, Belarus, and Poland
Białowieża Forest, Belarus, and Poland (Image source: addtobucketlist)
This is one of the best preserved forest ecosystems. It is also the only virgin, primeval forest left in Europe, due in part to the diversity of its unusual flora and fauna. It is home to lynx, wolves, some rare birds, and the country’s largest mammal, the bison. Indeed, this is where you can see European bison right here. Here you will also find century elm, oak and lemon trees.
4. The Daintree Rainforest, Australia
The Daintree Rainforest, Australia (Image source: addtobucketlist)
This rainforest north of Brisbane is believed to be over 180 million years old. In other words, this place is twice as old as the Amazon rainforest. It spans 460 square miles and is said to be Australia’s largest continuous rainforest. Filled with lush ferns and other plants and covered with a thick natural canopy, it inspired the movie Avatar. Visitors can explore the area in different ways. Where one can look for wildlife, take a boat ride down the famous Daintree River or zip through the rich rainforest canopy.
5. The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California
The ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California (Image source: addtobucketlist)
This “Golden Forest” has some of the oldest trees in the world. Known as bristlecone pines, whose strange twists and gnarly growths can live to be over 4,500 years old. Every tree is unique and they are really good examples of species diversity and no problem surviving inclement weather, 10,000 feet tall in the highlands of the state.
6. Yakushima Forest, Japan
Yakushima Forest, Japan (Image source: addtobucketlist)
This lush forest is found on the island of Yakushima. The island is 37 miles south of southern Kyushu, an island of Japan. It is full of Yakusugi trees that have been around for almost 7,000 years. This isolated spot has a very unusual ecosystem. It includes subtropical lowlands and even cool highlands, where snow is sometimes present. Interested parties must travel by ferry to see this forest. There are several different hiking trails here and it is home to animals like white sika deer and macaque monkeys.
7. Mossy Forest, Malaysia
Mossy Forest, Malaysia (Image source: addtobucketlist)
Located in the Cameron Highlands, is a humid tropical forest. The natural environment here at the highest elevations includes ferns, lichens, mosses and orchids due to a low-level cloud that produces fog and moisture. A special footpath has been built for visitors who want to walk through the forest. Visitors can keep an eye out for atmospherically adapted birds, frogs and snakes. From here, one can even see the top of the second highest mountain in Cameron Highlands known as Gunung Brinchang.
8. Tsingy Forest, Madagascar
Tsingy Forest, Madagascar (Image source: addtobucketlist)
Located in the western part of the country, this is the largest rock forest on earth. It consists of vertical, razor-sharp rocks resembling towering spikes that are the result of erosion from tropical rains. Lots of animals live here, including numerous species of lemurs that one can spot atop the spiky rocks. The forest is so named because it is quite dangerous to get too close to sharp rocks.
9. Chinese Hemlock Trail, Taiwan
Chinese Hemlock Trail, Taiwan (Image source: addtobucketlist)
Immerse yourself in nature by hiking this tranquil trail. The adventure begins in Taipingshan Forest Park. Bask in moss-covered Hemlock trees and lichens over 1,000 years old, and it’s no surprise if the approaching fog makes your travels a little more difficult. When you reach the end of the path, you will be able to see a sea of clouds that will give you a wonderful memory of this forest.
10. Tongass National Forest, Alaska
Tongass National Forest, Alaska (Image source: addtobucketlist)
Found in Southeast Alaska , it is the largest national forest in the United States. It covers a total of 16.7 million acres and includes many trees that are over 1,000 years old. The tall yellow cedar, spruce and hemlock trees provide a canopy for the ferns and mosses that cover the ground. Hike the challenging 6.7-mile Deer Mountain Trail and look for signs of inhabitant in the lush forest. Residents say it includes bald eagles, black bears, brown bears, mountain goats, trout and wolves.
11. The Otzarreta Forest, Spain
The Otzarreta Forest, Spain (Image source: addtobucketlist)
Located in the famous Basque Country, Gorbea National Park, this small forest consists of fresh, flowing streams, about 100 old trees, moss and other natural moss-covered surfaces. Before you step into this forest, have your camera ready as the changing atmosphere will make your photos the most mysterious and captivating.
12. The Moss Swamp, Romania
The Moss Swamp, Romania (Image source: addtobucketlist)
The country of Romania has some majestic mountains and forests. The Cozia Forest is famous for both its flora and fauna. There is also the Nera Springs Forest, one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe. However, this mysterious moss swamp is an extremely interesting experience. It is truly a swamp forest that even seasoned visitors say is not always easy to find. This is a strange natural wonder with century-old plant and tree life that has been largely untouched by man.
13. The Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California
The Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California (Image source: addtobucketlist)
Some would say this site is a must-see for any nature lover visiting the Golden State. Found along Giants Avenue, this state park is the largest redwood park in the state. It has a number of different hiking and beach trails, but most notably is home to 2,000-year-old monoliths that stand over 300 feet tall. Although no official source to date has kept an extremely accurate record of the redwoods, the ancient trees cover about 17,000 acres of land. They are believed to be the largest contiguous old growth trees on the planet. Visitors say that just standing among the natural beauty of real trees that are thousands of years old is nothing short of amazing.
14. The Goblin Forest, New Zealand
The Goblin Forest, New Zealand (Image source: addtobucketlist)
New Zealand , the famous goblin forest, you will be extremely impressed because this forest reminds you of the movie Lord, right? Visitors should also experience another unique feature of this foreign forest and take a short walk to Wilkies Pool. There you will discover some more popular plunge pools.
15. The Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
The Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica (Image source: addtobucketlist)
This famous cloud forest spans nearly 26,000 acres and contains a wide variety of wildlife and plants that comprise four distinct living zones. It is home to more than 500 species of birds, 120 different species of reptiles and amphibians, and over 100 different species of mammals. With 500 species of orchids, the region also includes the most diversity of orchids anywhere on the planet. Forests like these make up one percent of the Earth’s forests. These flowers only exist in tropical and subtropical mountain environments, because the right climatic conditions help these flowers live best.