The warm weather has finally arrived in Ontario and now we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief! This long, gruelling winter is over for good and all we have to look forward to is beautiful, sunny weather from here on out!
You know what that means right? It's road trip time! Road trips are the best way to fill up those long summer months because you get to explore cool new areas plus, we all know that sitting in a lawn chair in the summer sun can get old pretty fast.
There's a super rare forest across the border from Ontario that should be on the top of your road trip list. The Sunken Forest offers a unique experience from all the other typical road trips.
The Sunken Forest is located on Fire Island in New York State. It's about a 10 hour drive from Toronto, a 9 hour drive from Ottawa, and an 8 hour drive from Kingston.
The Sunken Forest is definitely worth the long drive though because it's one of the most unique places you can explore in the whole state. A 2.5 km board walk will take you through this gorgeous forest that's over 200 years old!
This sunken forest was created over hundreds of years by being shielded from the ocean by secondary sand dunes which create this rare form of forest that is only 1 of 6 of it's kind!
The trees in this forest never grow above the sand dunes giving the Sunken Forest a thick canopy of trees up to 300 years old that only grow up to 20 feet tall.
The trail will lead you through shaded forest scenes then through the dunes before you reach a staircase that will bring you down to the salty ocean tides! It's also a prime spot for wildlife viewing since this forest is home to tons of animals including white-tailed deer, red foxes, turtles, rabbits and over 300 species of birds!
The Maritime Holly Forest is the only one of it's kind on the entire eastern seaboard and will literally make you feel like you're walking through a fairytale! Take a short ferry from Long Island and you'll reach Fire Island in no time.
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