Collected by Adriana Yampey , AFAR Local Expert
Perfect for walking, bird watching and observing the change of the seasons.
Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0007, Japan
In western Kyoto, there is a very large forest of bamboo. As you can see in the photo, the shoots grow very tall, making those who stroll by look quite small. I'm sure there are times when this road is crowded, but when we were there, people were...
Lover's Ln, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
If you are looking for a great walk in San Francisco, try the Presidio National Park. Lover's Lane is a nice one to start with. If you drive, just after entering the southeastern gate (Presidio Blvd. Gate), you can make a left and park your car in...
Main Ridge, Trinidad and Tobago
Main Ride Forest Reserve was established on April 13, 1776, as is on record as the “oldest legally protected forest reserve geared specifically towards a conservation purpose.” It encompasses 9,780 acres of rainforest, and is home to about 220 to...
80-1 Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken 250-0522, Japan
Just a stone’s throw from Lake Ashi at the foot of Mt. Fuji lies Hakone Jinja, a wonderfully old Shinto shrine nestled among the forests that dot the surrounding hinterlands. The tree-lined approach by foot through the red torii gate lends a...
6671 Egmont Rd, Egmont, BC V0N 1N0, Canada
A post about Skookumhcuck Narrows seems like it should be focused on the amazing body of water at the end of the trail, but our timing was off and we missed the impressive ebb and flow for the day. If you're up and around the Sunshine Coast,...
21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USA
Upon arrival at Big Basin State Park, the ranger hands you a small piece of paper with check boxes. Each carload needs to check where they will be hiking and list their equipment. The sheet is placed on their dashboard in case the car remains...
1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
Just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge is Muir Woods National Monument, a 554-acre park; old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest trees in the world, cover 295 of those acres. Peaceful and lush, the forest is ideal for simply communing with...
Jin'an, Fuzhou, China
This pretty park is easy to get to, just 30 minutes from central Fuzhou. There are so many things to do here: visit the aviary, walk through the bamboo forest, ride the giant slide. If you have time, shop for fresh food at the market and bring it...
Andros Island, The Bahamas
Treks, hikes, and walks aren’t top of mind when it comes to the Bahamas, but nearly every island has a network of trails that offer visitors a unique look at the interior. The Bimini Nature Hiking Trail is an easily-accessed network that puts...
7070 Le Rœulx, Belgium
In spring, lots of forests in Belgium get covered in bluebells. You can see them in different places as you drive on the highway. This particular spot is in Le Roeulx and I think it's even better that the more famous one in Halle. It is right by a...
Kampung Kinaratuan, 89300 Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
The rafflesia is the world’s largest bloom and can be over 100cm in diameter. It only grows in a few places on earth. One of those places is the rain-forests of Borneo. It is the state flower of Sabah, Malaysia and Kinabalu National Park is a good...
Buizingen, 1501 Halle, Belgium
Hallerbos (Flemish) or Bois de Halle (French) is a beech forest just south of Brussels. It's a popular spot for walking, cycling and horseback-riding. Every spring, for a few short weeks, the forest makes a magical transformation into a blue...
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