“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”
Exposure to forests and trees helps decrease mental fatigue by relaxing and restoring the mind, while boosting serotonin levels to improve energy and mood.
In fact, countless studies have indicated that being closer to green areas is associated with decreased anxiety and lower psychological distress. Trees are also beneficial for kids’ mental health. In fact, children who spend time in nature are often more relaxed and attentive, which can improve learning and performance in school.
Planning to visit a forest? Before you go, check with the local state forestry agency regarding forest rules and other pertinent visitor information. Make sure to bring water, sun protection and weather/outdoor-appropriate gear to safely enjoy your forest break.
Find a Forest Near You
By exploring local parks and forests, parents and caregivers make the forest part of their family’s story, and introduce their children to an environment where imagination thrives and memories are made.View Map
10 Must See State Forests of the U.S. South
State forests offer outdoor recreation opportunities as diverse as the lands themselves – from hiking and biking, to fishing, hunting and camping. They also provide a unique look at nature, where native flora and fauna thrive.Learn More
What is Forest Bathing?
Forest bathing is a research-based framework for healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments.Learn More
Healthy Lives Grow on Trees
A growing body of research has demonstrated a clear connection between access to trees and improved human health. If you’ve ever felt energized by a forest hike, or enjoyed the shade of leafy branches on a hot day, you’ve experienced some of the health benefits of trees.See Health Benefits