Despite the encroachment of man and ongoing industrialization, the world is still full of beautiful and magical natural spots. Where forests are concerned, it is not easy to come up with a list of only the top ten most beautiful ones on earth. We consider the best of nature that the world has to offer in this article.
1. Kinubalu National Park
Kinubalu National Park is found in the north of Borneo. This park shares something in common with the Amazon Rainforest in that it possesses a great amount of biological diversity. Over 1,000 different orchid species live in this one forest as just one stunning example. The park is rightly ranked a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even with this level of protection though, industrial development still threatens its future existence.
2. Puszcza Białowieska
The last of the ancient forests of Eastern Europe is called the Puszcza Białowieska. It runs from Poland up to Belarus. This Biosphere Reserve is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It remains the biggest and last of the old world primeval forests that formerly carpeted much of the European continent.
3. Amazon Rainforest
The world’s second-biggest forest is called the Amazon Rainforest, and it may be the most important one on earth. Roughly seven million square kilometers are covered by this largest forest in the new world. It possesses the greatest biological diversity on earth. Roughly 10 percent of the animal and plant species on the planet dwell in the Amazon. It remains among the most critical forests on the planet for stabilizing the world’s climate.
4. The Taiga
A biome that covers much of North America, Asia, and even parts of Europe is the Taiga. This is not strictly speaking a single expanse of forest, but rather an ecosystem that appears as a continuous series of coniferous forests. Russia’s Taiga alone comprises around 12 million kilometers in expanse. To give you a comparison, this is bigger than both all of the countries of India and China combined. It proves to be the biggest forest biome on the planet.
5. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan
Kyoto’s outskirts have a world class forest attraction in the Sagano Bamboo Forest. It proves to be probably the most famous forest in the country of Japan. The forest has a series of wooden paths to lead you through the dense and enormous bamboo that climb dozens of feet high. Among the 100 best sound scapes of Japan is the sound of the wind blowing through the bamboo. Unfortunately, these melodious sounds are difficult to hear today over the crowds of noisy visitors as it has become an immensely popular tourist attraction. You should attempt to make your visit to the forest on off-peak days and hours to better appreciate it’s magical charms.
6. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve covers 26,000 acres in tropical rainforest and lies close to the Costa Rican city Monteverde. This extremely beloved tourist attraction draws in over 70,000 visitors each year. This forest is among the most diverse of ecological places on the planet. It counts 100 animal species, 400 species of birds, 120 different species of reptiles and amphibians, and around 2,500 individual plant species. The greatest number of orchid species on earth are also found here.
7. Crooked Forest, Poland
A most unusual grove of pine trees growing on the outskirts of Nowe Czarnowo in the West Pomerania region of Poland is called the Crooked Forest. This place got its name from the unusually shaped 100 pine trees that grow in this forest. No one is exactly sure why the trees grew like this, though it is surmised that man’s interference somehow caused the results. The grove dates back to 1930 when people planted it here.
8. Apricot Valley, China
Some have claimed that the world’s most beautiful forest is found in the Apricot Valley of China. The Yili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture’s forest is stunning in the spring. It is found in the Tuergen Township and covers 4,900 acres. The forest is made up of literally thousands of individual apricot trees that cover the valley slopes. The blooms make a dazzling display of color every year during the month of April.
9. Redwood National Park Forest
Found in the United States in California, the Redwood National Park is comprised of a few different parklands that hold around 45 percent of the old-growth coastal Redwoods. These are nearly half of all of these trees that are left on earth. The trees are 100 percent protected within these parklands. Nothing makes people feel how insignificant they are like standing beside one of the coastal Redwood trees.
10. Giant Sequoia National Monument, United States
The Giant Sequoia National Monument is found within the confines of Northern California in the U.S. It ranges over 1,800 square miles. A full 35 individual groves of these world-class trees can be found here. The world’s biggest sequoia tree is called General Sherman and climbs to an astonishing 275 feet with a 25 feet circumference trunk. General Sherman is not only the tallest and biggest tree on earth, it is approximately 2,700 years old, making it is among the very oldest of trees on the planet.