Hike This Ancient Forest In Idaho That’s Home To 3,000-Year-Old Trees
Idaho is home to all sorts of natural wonders that non-Idahoans don’t even know exist. People are shocked when we tell them that Idaho is home to a waterfall taller than Niagara Falls and one of the largest lava fields in the country. It’s these little-known destinations that make living in Idaho so exciting. There’s even one place that few longtime Idahoans seem to know about and it’s featured below. This old-growth forest in Idaho is home to some seriously old trees, and yet few people realize they’re there. This ancient forest is a spectacular sight, and seeing it should be on everybody’s bucket list.
Did you know about this ancient forest in North Idaho? Have you ever visited the Giant Red Cedar National Recreation Trail? Let us know in the comments! You can learn more about this incredible place on the U.S. Forest Service website.
This place is truly incredible. For more mind-blowing destinations, check out our list of The 7 Greatest Natural Wonders In Idaho.
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Is there another old-growth forest in Idaho I should check out?
Yes! In fact, tucked in northern Idaho and approximately 12 miles west of the Montana state line is the DeVoto Memorial Cedar Grove. This is a bucket-list-worthy destination as you will not only find trees that are 2,000 years old, but the Lewis and Clark Expedition also explored this area back in the early 1800s. Today, when you visit, bring a picnic and eat at one of the picnic tables, take a walk around one of the interpretive trails, or just sit back and admire the beauty of these ancient cedar trees in Idaho.
What are some state parks in Idaho I should visit?
The state parks in Idaho are some of the best places to escape into nature and find hidden gems — like an old-growth forest. While there are dozens of state parks you could explore, some of our favorites and a few that we often recommend include:
- Harriman State Park
- Ponderosa State Park
- Bruneau Dunes State Park
- Heyburn State Park
- Winchester Lake State Park
- Farragut State Park
What are some of the best campgrounds in Idaho?
If you want to spend some time out in nature, there are all types of activities and attractions to help. But, one of our favorite outdoor activities is camping. With hundreds of campgrounds scattered around the Gem State, choosing a camping spot in Idaho can be a bit overwhelming. However, if you need a little help, consider the following places:
- Sockeye Campground at Redfish Lake
- Lionhead Campground, Priest Lake State Park
- Fish Creek Campground, Grangeville
- Lava Flow Campground, Craters of the Moon National Monument
- Palisades Creek Campground
- Castle Rocks State Park