Nature in Iran is at its peak when it comes to forests, especially during sprint time. In this article, we are going to introduce some of the most amazing forests in Iran. Iran’s forests are considered to be one of a kind mostly because of diverse vegetation and animal species discovered in these locations. Forests are always among the most popular natural attractions for spending free time.
Iran’s Cloud forest
The clouds remind us of the sky and its beauty. The local climate which in this instance happens to be Golestan Province is affected by the distance to the sea and other factors. But the distance and altitude from the sea play a big role. Cloud forest development needs a relatively small to create an atmospheric environment that is suitable. That is the reason behind the fog seen in these type of areas. Not to mention that it results in the reduction of sunlight and therefore creates evapotranspiration. This also true for the cloud forest in Shahrud. It is one of the most beautiful and coolest forests in the world. So it’s not an exaggeration to say it creates an unforgettable experience for the visitors.
This forest is part of the ancient Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests. It covers an area of 35,000 hectares. The high altitude of the forest and its low temperature along with the presence of abundant springs are some of the reasons behind this exquisite phenomenon. The Cloud forest is at the confluence of three mainstream climates.
One is the Siberian high-pressure cold and dry stream. Another is the tidal stream of hot and cold winds alongside with the Atlantic climate dominant in the area.
This kind of different and conflicting climates in a small geographic area cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.
This forest is located along the road from Shahrud to Azadshahr in Golestan province. There are many agencies who can take you there, so if you plan to go to this forest for the first time, do not forget to receive help and assistance from the local guides.
Keep in mind that most tours are accompanied by biking services, so if you are interested, you should remember that there is equipment such as suitable mountain bikes, helmets, cycling gloves, sunglasses, raincoats, sleeping bags, night clothes and backpacks provided for you. When you go through travel agencies, you do not have a problem finding a suitable camp.
But if you are planning to travel in a personal car, you need to have a detailed plan. If you do not have much familiarity with this place, be sure to seek out local guides and the people who are familiar with it. In this area, the clouds suddenly appear and lessen your vision, because of this and for your own protection be sure to keep away from hazardous situations.
Known for its green foliage, thick fog, and lush environment. This lush forest has got it all, for those who want to experience the road, the forest itself, the mountains, the steppes, the plains, and summit all on a one-day trip.
This forest provides one of the most beautiful sights during spring and summer. The forest is home to the herbaceous plant of Alima, which grows in May, and as the name implies, the name of the forest is taken from it.
Alimestan forest sparkles as a magnificent phenomenon and has attracted the attention of domestic and foreign photographers. The pristine nature and beauty of the forest and its vegetation are unmatched. The water is supplied from the spring. The products created using this spring are cereal, dairy and honey.
One of the most interesting parts of the area is Naqsh-e Pay-e Rustam, which will surprise all the climbers. Near the summit, you can find traces of two large meteorites, which have created 10 m deep craters. The natives have an interesting theory regarding these craters. They believe that they have been created by mere the aftermath of the knees of Rustam, who kneeled in the area and drank water from the sea. The magnificent landscape of Damavand mountain range and of the forest has made the area a fascinating phenomenon. The forest can be seen from the village hence the proximity of the two.
Most villagers feed off agriculture and livestock, and others are engaged in craftsmanship. Another attraction of Alimestan forest is Barberry Mountain, which attracts many climbers during spring and winter.
In order To get to this place, you need to go about 20 km outside of Amol or 140 km outside of Tehran towards Haraz and then take a turn when you see the sign indicating Imamzadeh Qasem. Go on and follow the road. When you reach the shrine you’ll see there are two ways to go about getting you there. You can carry on from the left side which is a narrow and paved road that is about 7 km. at first, it takes you to a village named Lashash and then to the village of Alimestan From there, you can see the forest.
The local people move to Qalarden desert during the month of May to pick Bacchus flowers and another plant called Ziza.
The path is not too steep and it’s about one and a half to two hours away from the village of Alimestan. One kilometer outside of Qalarden, there is a ranch called Salamon, where ranchers feed their herds with spring’s water.
Mid-spring and early fall are the best seasons to travel to these forests but you cannot miss the beautiful winter scenery, provided that you prepare all the needs of winter travel.
The most beautiful park in the north of Iran and one of the best forests around that particular area. It is located on the near a big forest with special vegetation that has lots of rivers and spectacular springs. This park is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Golestan province.
Alangdareh Park has been selected as one of 7 regions in the country that has maintained to attract tourists over the years.
There is a paved road going through Alangdareh Park, where you can sit and enjoy its unique environment. The Alangdareh Forest Park covers an area of 185 hectares. It is located 5 kilometers southwest of Gorgan, on the road to Nahar Khoran.
The climate of this area is at least 10 degrees cooler than urban and populated areas.
Alangdareh Forest Park lies on the slopes of northern forests that are covered with different kinds of trees. It has a river and several beautiful springs, not to mention that at all seasons it welcomes many tourists.
During spring and summer, the cool and pleasant weather of the forest, in the autumn, the beautiful coloration of the trees, and in the winter, the spectacular snow cover, welcomes nature lovers to this place.
Alangdareh Park is 185 hectares and located southwest of Gorgan on the road to Nahar Khoran. This area is full of visitors from urban and rural areas who take shelter from the warm and sultry sites of Gorgan during spring and summer, especially in hot and sunny days.
Alangdareh water springs are one of a kind.
The water is from a beautiful fountain near the park. The “Flash” river stretches from the south side of the park to the north and goes through the middle of it. There are 3 water springs near the river that have created a unique natural landscape to behold.
Parrotia Jungle and Wallila waterfall
Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and embraced by these palm trees, it is one of the most beautiful destinations for nature lovers and tourists visiting the city. By visiting Mazandaran’s Savadkoh Mountains, you can count on enjoying the pristine nature of this region.
A waterfall is a decent place for any naturalist who wishes to have a short stay in a calm and charming environment with the possibility of a look around the village.
After an hour of walking in the jungle, you get to the beautiful waterfall. Although this waterfall is not very high, this place definitely creates an unforgettable memory for the visitors.
In addition to the spectacular waterfall, the forests of this area are very lush during spring, summer, and fall. These forests are full of trees.
These kinds of trees are 25 meters high. The leaves and the trunk of these trees attract the most attention.
The Parrotia tree, which is the dominant species in the area of Savadkuh, has three attractive colors in spring, summer, and autumn, which delivers a variety of sensations for the viewer.
The leaves of this tree are reddish in the spring, they are seen in dark green during summer, and in various colors during autumn: pale yellow, burnished orange, pure red and bright red. The trunk is a reddish-brown, smooth, polished with brown spots up to a creamy color that transmits a sense of warmth to the viewer during winter.
All of these features and colors make you feel like you’ve never been to a place like this before. The trunk is very hard, and that’s why it is called Iron Wood in other languages.
If you travel to this area, it is suggested to look carefully at the trunks of Parrotia trees, because several of them are adjacent to each other. Although the trees are separate from each other, they are in the form of a single trunk. They form a single tree that is very beautiful.
If it’s not been raining, walking in these woods is very enjoyable and comfortable. Otherwise, because it is slippery, it’s essential to wear some suitable gear.
In the early days of spring, when the leaves are still not completely decomposed, you can see a number of reptiles at the bottom of the leaves. The butterflies you see along the way are of a different variety and color. Most reptiles in Iran are not poisonous, but if you have a history of skin allergies, try not to touch them.
To reach the Parrotia forest, you have to take Firooz Kroh road. After reaching the square, continue right to reach Otto village. After passing this village, you will find an unpaved road. Once there the path on the left takes you to Wallila village.
Reach the mosque after passing the village. It is a good place to park in the space next to the mosque. The mosque is easily discoverable.
The village is located near a waterfall. The waterfall has the same name. After that, it is a 3-hour to get to the jungle.
The Parrotia forests and its cascading waterfalls have their own beautiful scenery in all seasons, but if you are looking for the best time to travel, it is during the month of May.
If you dream of walking alone in nature, traveling to the pristine forests of Savadkuh is a thrilling experience. In order to get there, you have to pass through high-rise trees and dense forests.
For lovers of beauty, the Beech Forest is one of the best destinations for tourism. The Beech forest trees are so tall that it’s as if they are literally in the sky. When the fog rolls in, it creates a mysterious state; its silence is so deep that breaking it is almost impossible.
Walking in the Beech Forest and breathing in its infinitely subtle air separates man from everything and everyone. The landscape is always beautiful, but in fall it is literally stunning.
The path to reach the village of Sanghideh is beautiful, rich, cool and very delighting. There is an unpaved road stretching from the village to the beginning of the walking path in the Beech Forest. You can ask the local people to give you a lift.
On the way, you will see tall, rugged trees that line each other with a special formation, red and yellow leaves on the ground, manifold colorful views that are not possible to describe through words.
The Beech tree is roughly rare everywhere else, but abundant in the Beech forest and in the high mountains especially In Gilan and Mazandaran provinces. You can find all types of trees in a place that is more than two thousand meters. The Beech tree is covered with lots of foliage.
The young seedlings of this tree are vulnerable to extreme cold and heat, it is not compatible with cold areas, but it gets along better in hot places. This tree is suitable for forests that have a low-thickness and calcareous soil.
The best time for traveling to this forest starts from late March to early December. The falling leaves give this forest a special beauty. In the winter, access to this forest is a bit hard and you’ll need special equipment.