7 of the most beautiful protected forests in the world
Trees still rule in these protected natural areas.
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Osceola National Forest, Florida
The 200,000-acre Osceola National Forest sits in North Florida, outside of Jacksonville. Pine trees are a common sight in Osceola, though most visitors associate the area with its vast cypress swamps. Camping is permitted in designated areas, and hunting and fishing are allowed with a license.
Most people simply come to look, not hunt or fish. Outfitters offer horseback rides and boat tours, and there are plenty of trails that wind through Osceola, including a section of the famous Florida National Scenic Trail. The forest is home to a large population of American alligators, and there have also been sightings of Florida black bears.