10 Most Dangerous Forests In The World

Many natural scapes around the world forbid carefree tourism or require visitors to stay alert about the possibility of life-threatening situations. Forests come in all shapes and forms, with relevant climatic conditions and varying dangers in each country. These dangerous forests in the world breed precarious situations, diseases, and mysticism, along with wild animals lurking around.

Amazon Rainforest, South America

A Jaguar relaxes on a tree trunk on the banks of the Tambopata river, in the Peruvian Amazon
A Jaguar relaxes on a tree trunk on the banks of the Tambopata River in the Peruvian Amazon.

Amazon Rainforest is the most dangerous forest in the world. The vast tropically-wild scape covers 5,500,000 square kilometers through Brazil (60%), Peru (13%), Colombia (10%), as well as Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana. The world's largest tropical rainforest is equally beautiful and dangerous around every corner, with malaises from malaria to yellow fever and unfamiliar insect bites. It is full of rodents and wild animals lurking around, like various types of snakes, venomous spiders, aggressive ants, leeches, and other parasites.

There are also poisonous plants and uneven, swampy grounds that pose additional risks, with atmospheric conditions and vines blocking the view of what lies ahead. Its strange environment emanates waves of hostility that do not withstand carelessness or incautious tourism. One must consciously stay on watch for possible dangers and be mindful of the amount of time spent in Amazonia.

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

the mysterious forest of Aokigahara
The mysterious forest of Aokigahara in Japan. 

Aokigahara is famed as the world's second most-frequent suicide location. The forest is also allegedly occupied by the otherworldly, with many haunting reports around the area. The precarious woods with nicknames like "Suicide Forest" and "Ghost Forest" fosters a creepy environment that frequently appears in Japanese mythology, texts, and contemporary culture.

Congo Rainforest

Congo rainforest
An adventurer traveling through the dense rainforest of Congo.

One of the most ecologically-relevant forests is also among the top most dangerous in the world. The Congo Rainforest spreads in a vast, tropical scape through the Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, and the Central African Republic.

Its wilderness houses countless specie of rare trees amidst deadly breeding grounds for pathogens of Ebola, West Nile Fever, Dengue, and Yellow Fever. Congo Rainforest is home to many tribes long-living with bonobos, gorillas, elephants, leopards, lions, and wild boars, while tourists should stay alert for the dangers of encounters.

Dering Woods, England

Dering woods, england
Aerial view of the Dering Woods in England.

The UK's most haunted and creepy forest is located in Kent, surrounding Pluckley, the most haunted village in the United Kingdom. The whole area is allegedly grounds of vast paranormal activities like strange voices heard throughout the forest, fostering its moniker of the "Screaming Woods." Despite all the creepy factors, the destination is beloved by haunted-town fans, relentless explorers, and seekers of paranormal activities from around the globe.

Freetown-Fall River State Forest, United States

Freetown state park
Freetown State Forest in the United States.

The Free Town State Forest in Massachusetts is notorious for criminal and paranormal activities, as well as UFO and Big-Foot sightings. In this forest, multiple dead bodies, including those of young children and women, were discovered in mutilated and bizarre forms over the years. Moreover, there is a growing number of reports about a satanic cult and activities on the grounds that might explain some of the unusual sightings but pose another creepy factor to avoid on a visit.

Some locals believe in myths that the forest is cursed by its former residents, the Native Americans, who the conquerors poorly treated during colonization. The densely-wild woodland definitely dips the dangerous scale with an innate feeling of uncertainty about the next bizarre scene one may encounter during a visit.

Forests Of Gadchiroli, India

Gadchiroli forest
A village path leading to the forests of Gadchiroli.

The dangerous forest in India's Maharashtra state is known for its enormous specter of tree species and wildlife sightings, making it both exciting for nature lovers and risky-encounter grounds. Still, Gadchiroli's most dangerous aspect is hidden from the eyes in the form of Maoists or Naxalites refugees and forest hijackers. They are spread through the forest and around the Gadchiroli town area and hundreds of kilometers in the neighboring states.

The Naxalites adopted the forest as their frontier in the battle for protection, and tourism there is almost non-existent. This terrorist conflict with the Indian army poses a fatal risk of accidental gunfire from either side, killing many from both groups and occasional village dwellers venturing through the area. 

Hoia Forest, Romania

Hoia forest, Romania
The mysterious Hoia Forest in Romania.

The forest of 295-hectare breadth is one of the world's most dangerous but favored among the locals for easy access to the outdoors for scenic strolls and recreation in nature. It is also a desirable destination to fiction fans, with paranormal activity sightings and a galore of unusually-shaped trees hosting a particularly-scenic scape. 

There have been sightings of a really young girl wandering through the wooded area, among other strange things that evoke a sense of mysticism and manifest curiosity. The creepy Hoia Baciu, with a fitting nickname of the Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania, complements the region's vampire scene. It is open for cautious tourism in Cluj County, Transylvania in Romania, in the western part of Cluj-Napoca. 

Forest Around Jog Falls, India

Jog falls,India
Dense rainforest surrounding the Jog Falls, India.

Another most dangerous jungle scape in the world is located in the Karnataka state of India. The forest is one of the most visited by tourists for the spectacular Jog Falls that require hiking through treacherously-dense terrain. The falls are sacred to the locals and veiled in spiritual energy that spreads throughout the vast jungle. It is one of the world's densest forests, with dark and creepy caves, and large parts, still unexplored, all evoking a sense of mysticism. Jog Falls hosts an incredible habitat for wild animals that can easily hide and trap with no room to run fast through the thick scape.

This doesn't stop people from continuing to penetrate the wildlife sanctuary without proper paths for the second-highest plunge waterfall in India. It is a favorite recreation place for locals and tourists in India, known for its picturesque distinctiveness with serious heights. The country's pleasant climate in the shaded scape and the refreshing reward bids tourism well throughout the year, with entry only forbidden during the monsoon seasons. It would be hazardous to get stranded in a swampy landscape under relentless water-pour or a thunderstorm amidst the woods.

Sambisa Forest, Nigeria

The most dangerous thing in the Sambisa Forest is humans, the Boko Haram terrorist group. They use the forest cover as their trenches and attack grounds. The country's top terrorist organization "aims to motivate" with actions that go beyond humanity and Islamization. Everyone in Nigeria knows about this treacherous wild place where tourism is non-existent. This National Forest in Northern Nigeria is 60 km Southeast of Maiduguri, Borno. It spreads over the Western Sudanese Savannah under the governance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 

Tsingy Forest, Madagascar

Tsingy forest, Madagascar
The jagged outcrops of limestone formations in the Tsingy Forest of Madagascar.

The ominous nature reserve near the scenic western coast of Madagascar in the Melaky region covers 666 sq. km. The forest formed naturally about 200 million years ago and is known today as "the forest of knives." Its countless karst limestone formations that are innate to stone forests like this one have razor-sharp edges resembling kitchen blades.

These wondrous rocks place the Tsingy Forest among the top-dangerous jungles in the world, but nonetheless magnificent in their sky-reaching stance of up to 70 meters from the earth. The forest comprises two distinct parts, with the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nation Reserve stretching into the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park on the island's northwest side.

From vast jungles to dense woods and stone-strewn scapes, these globe-wide wild forests may be desirable to venture into, but it is better to explore them with a local guide in permissible settings. While it is best to avoid some forests at all costs, including the area around, others welcome tourists at their own risk with a gallon of unique adventures waiting inside.