7 of the most beautiful protected forests in the world
Trees still rule in these protected natural areas.
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Mendocino National Forest, California
Covering more than 900,000 acres in Northwestern California's Coastal Mountain Range, Mendocino National Forest is the only national forest in California that is not connected to civilization by a major paved road. Nonetheless, there are a number of recreation areas within the forest where people come for boating, hiking, climbing and off-roading.
Mendocino is characterized by mountains, rivers, waterfalls and pine forests. The forest is divided up into districts, each of which offers a different set of landscapes and attractions. Black bears inhabit forest areas, while mountain lions are sometimes seen at higher elevations.