11 Famous Forests In The World

It’s always a delightful experience to walk around in an amazing forest.

If you enjoy the experience as much as we do, then make sure to check out the following list of 11 famous forests in the world.

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1. Crooked Forest – Poland

The Crooked Forest is a relatively small grove of several pine trees near the town of Gryfino, in the province of West Pomerania in Poland. The trees are remarkable because all of them are oddly shaped, bending towards the north just above the ground.

Up until now, nobody knows how and why the trees were shaped like this, even though it is assumed that they were planted in the 1930s and certain tools were used to make the trees appear this way.

famous forests - Crooked forest Poland
Crooked Forest Poland / Rzuwig / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

2. Redwood National Park – United States

The Redwood National Park is part of several state and national parks along the coast of northern California. The Redwood National Park was established in 1968 and is famous for its Sequoia trees.

These trees are among the tallest and oldest trees in the world. The forest is what is referred to as an old-growth forest, which has been able to grow for hundreds of years without disturbance.

Redwood National Park - United States
Redwood National park / Source

3. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – Japan

The “Arashiyama Bamboo Grove” also referred to as the “Sagano Bamboo Forest” or simply”Bamboo forest” is a forest consisting of Moso Bamboo trees, a species of giant bamboo.

These bamboos were native to China and Taiwan but have been introduced to Japan as well. This forest has amazing pathways for visitors and is located near the city of Kyoto on the island of Honshu, the main island of Japan.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove - Japan
Sagano Bamboo Forest / Source

4. Black Forest – Germany

The Black Forest is located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of the country. The forest is located on a mountain range with the highest peak being the Feldberg which stands 1,493 meters (4,898 feet) above sea level.

The forest was originally famous for its mining activity with several active ore mines but is now mainly popular as a tourist destination with numerous picturesque villages and old buildings. Millions of people visit the area every year and over 140,000 people work in the tourist sector in the region.

Black Forest in Germany
The Black Forest in Germany / Source

5. Monteverde Cloud Forest – Costa Rica

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, known locally in Costa Rica as the “Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde,” is located near the town of Monteverde after which the reserve was named back in 1972.

The cloud forest covers an area of over 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres) and has become a pretty popular tourist destination, with over 70,000 people visiting every year. The forest is famous for its high biodiversity with countless plant species, mammals, and bird species growing and living in the forest.

Monteverde Cloud Forest - Costa Rica
Monteverde Cloud Forest / Haakon S. Krohn / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

6. Great Bear Rainforest – Canada

The Great Bear Rainforest is an enormous temperate rainforest covering an area of 6.4 million hectares (16 million acres). It’s located on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia in Canada.

It has only been recognized by the government of British Columbia since 2016. Since then, over 85% of the forest is protected as it’s an old-growth forest that has to be protected from industrial logging. It’s the largest temperate rainforest in the world!

Great Bear Rainforest - Canada
Great Bear Rainforest / Sam Beebe / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

7. Olympic National Forest – United States

The Olympic National Forest is the last on our list with famous forests and is located in the northwest of the United States in the state of Washington. It covers an area of 2,541.89 square kilometers (628,115 acres) and is part of the Olympic National Park.

About 108,000 hectares (266,800 acres) of the forest consists of an old-growth forest. The Olympic Forest Reserve was established back in 1897 and was renamed the Olympic National Forest in 1907.

Olympic National Forest - United States
Olympic National Forest / rachel_thecat / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

8. Daintree Rainforest – Australia

The Daintree Rainforest is one of the most incredible forests in the world. It’s situated in the northeastern part of Australia in the state of Queensland and about 100 kilometers (61 miles) north of the city of Cairns. It runs from the nearby hills to the White sandy beaches, providing astounding views.

The rainforest is also considered to be one of the oldest continuously-growing rainforests in the world. This means that the biodiversity is extremely high and countless endemic plant and animal species can be found here. This has made the rainforest a popular spot for discoverers interested in nature.

Daintree rainforest beach
The Daintree Rainforest / Pixabay

9. Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is not only the largest tropical forest in the world, it also consists of half of the remaining tropical forests on the planet. This huge first covers large areas in Brazil, Peru, Colombina, and 6 other South American countries.

This huge jungle covers most of the Amazon River Basin, which in turn covers most of the northern section of South America. Even though it mostly consists of dense rainforests, still over 30 million people live here, including over 2.2 million people in the Brazilian city of Manaus.

Amazon Rainforest aerial view
Aerial view of the huge rainforest / Neil Palmer / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

10. Hallerbos

The Hallerbos translates to “Halle Forest” in Dutch and is one of the most amazing forests in the world for a particular reason. Every year during spring, the bluebell flowers turn the forest into one of the most amazing places you’ll ever come across.

The forest is located just southeast of Brussels, the capital of Belgium, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions just outside of the city. Unfortunately, the blooming of the bluebell flowers only lasts a couple of weeks and the blue carpet disappears completely at the start of the summer.

Hallerbos facts
Hallerbos during the blooming season of the bluebell flowers / Wiki Commons

11. Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is a fascinating first that features rare long-living trees called “Pinus longaeva,” a tree species commonly referred to as the Great Basin bristlecone pine. This forest is a protected area located on the eastern flanks of the White Mountains in Eastern California.

What makes this one of the most famous forests in the world is that it features the oldest tree on the planet. This tree is called “Methuselah” and is a bristlecone pine that is confirmed to be over 4,850 years old. This is just one of the many trees that are thousands of years old in this magical pristine piece of nature in the western part of the United States.

White Mointains Pine forest snow
Some of the ancient trees inside the forest / Gnarly / Wiki Commons