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20 Serene Forests to Visit Inspired by Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood

In honor of Winnie the Pooh Day (author A.A. Milne’s 132nd birthday), coming up on January 18th, we’ve put together a collection of some of the most serene and beautiful forests around the world. I can remember as a kid reading about the Hundred Acre Wood and wishing I could escape there at a drop of a hat. Even today as I read these books to my children, I see their faces light up at the thought of visiting such an enchanted place.

While the Hundred Acre Wood was originally based on Ashdown Forest’s real Five-Hundred Acre Wood in the United Kingdom, any of these serene forests can give you a taste of Winnie the Pooh’s home. Veer off the path, leave your gadgets behind, and enjoy the sounds of nature around you. Take this opportunity to explore and learn about the diverse plants and animals that call the forest home. In Winnie the Pooh’s words, once you get there, don’t forget to “always watch where you are going … otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.”

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  • Hoh Rain Forest, Washington 2 of 21
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    The Hoh Rain Forest is located in Olympic National Park and is one of the most popular destinations in the area. The trees and moss in the forest are so vast they create a canopy that covers most of the forest.

    Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

  • Redwood Forest, California 3 of 21
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    Plan a trip to the Redwood National Park to spend a day nestled in the trees. Don't forget on your way out to literally drive through one of them

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Sequoia National Forest, California 4 of 21
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    Be completely taken back when you visit the largest trees in the world at the Sequoia National Forest. Serene is an understatement when it comes to this land of the giants.  

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • The Crooked Forest, Poland 5 of 21
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    Enjoy a favorite book while you sit in the nook of the trees in the Crooked Forest. It's thought that these curves were manmade, although nobody is quite sure why humans formed the trees this way. They do make perfect seats, don't you think?

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Jog Falls Forest, India 6 of 21
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    Take a hike through the beautiful forest that open up to the highest waterfall in India. Pack a lunch with you and enjoy it as you listen to the calming sounds of the water.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Black Forest, Germany 7 of 21
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    Let the world fade into the distance when you step into the dim Black Forest. The soft sounds of nature may make you feel as though you are hundreds of miles away, when in reality you are only about a twenty minute walk from a nearby town

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Ancient Beech Forests, Slovakia 8 of 21
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    Take a walk through the trees in the Ancient Beech Forest. This forest is prime example of undisturbed nature, packed with evidence of how ecosystems once spread and the clues about the evolution of beech trees in Europe. 

     

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Waipoua Forest, New Zealand 9 of 21
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    Escape to the Waipoua Forest in New Zealand for a bit of relaxation and meditation. Become engulfed in the branches of the giant trees that surround you. 

     

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan 10 of 21
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    There may not have been bamboo in the Hundred Acre Woods, but the Sagano Bamboo Forest is surely a serene forest to see. While you are visiting, you can  sit back with a warm cup of tea and also take the opportunity to go fishing and boating.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Bialowieza Primeval Forest, Poland 11 of 21
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    Be surrounded by the sounds of wildlife at the Bialowieza Primeval Forest. This ancient forest dates back to 8000 BC, and visiting is like taking a peek into the forests that covered Europe long ago. 

     

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China 12 of 21
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    The Zhangijajie National Forest is the first National Forest Park in China. It is dense, lush, and the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Tongass National Forest, Alaska 13 of 21
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    Alaska is known for its beautiful landscape, and the Tongass National Forest is no exception. Bring a friend with you to explore the sights and sounds of the babbling brooks and wildlife. 

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Denali National Park, Alaska and Canada 14 of 21
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    Leave the laptops and phones at home when you visit the Denali Forest. The six million acre park only has one road that cuts through it, so you are sure to be one with nature in no time.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Jiuzhaigou Valley, China 15 of 21
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    It doesn't take more than just one stunning photo to sell the Jiuzhaigou Valley Forest to me. Keep your eye out when you're visiting here for pandas lurking about. 

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Durmitor National Forest, Montenegro 16 of 21
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    The Durmitor National Park's forest and landscape was formed by glaciers. The dense forest is filled with pine trees and scattered lakes to enjoy. 

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Fiordland Forest, New Zealand 17 of 21
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    The Fiordland Forest looks like something straight out of The Lord of the Rings. The tranquility in this forest is what I can only imagine A.A. Milne tried to convey in the peacefulness of the Hundred Acre Wood. 

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, North Carolina 18 of 21
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    Surround yourself with trees up to 4oo years old at the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in North Carolina. Take a hike with the family, or spend some time alone mingling with nature. 

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Sherwood Forest, England 19 of 21
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    The Sherwood Forest may sound familiar from the story of Robin Hood. This lush forest is a protected site in England that you should definitely jot down on your list. Some of the oldest trees in Europe are in this forest, including one that is estimated to be 800 years old. 

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica 20 of 21
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    Take a canopy tour at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This forest sits over 4,000 feet above sea level and usually has a steady layer of clouds and fog blanketing it.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Kayan Mentarang National Forest, Indonesia 21 of 21
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    Explore the Kayan Mentarang National Forest on a trip to Indonesia. This protected forest is a refuge for many rare species of both plants and animals.  

    Photo via Wikimedia.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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